Have Your Say results to shape Co-operative Group rebuild
01 December 2014
The Co-operative Group
The Co-operative Group has committed to put those views at the centre of its strategy and purpose, and use the Have Your Say findings to inform the three-year rebuild of the Society.
The Have Your Say results can be found in full at www.haveyoursay.coop and include the following key findings*:
- 82% of respondents agree that The Co-operative should champion local issues that affect people in their local communities
- 86% of respondents feel favourable towards The Co-operative, while 71% of people believe it is a business that tries to do the right thing
- Co-operative Food shoppers have put lower prices (53%) and locally sourced products (46%) as the most likely incentives to shop more with the business
- 32% of respondents believe The Co-operative offers higher quality products and services than its competitors, while 26% believe the business innovates positively and embraces new technology
- 60% of respondents believe the dividend is an important part of being a member of The Co-operative, while 58% believe the principle of paying a dividend is more important than the size of the payment
- Many people do not believe that membership of The Co-operative is different from other loyalty schemes, with only 55% agreeing that membership card holders have more of a say in how the business is run than the average loyalty card holder
In a further set of findings related to the relationship between businesses and politics, 63% of respondents said they were not aware that The Co-operative Group is a financial supporter of The Co-operative Party, but 74% said they believed it was inappropriate for big businesses to donate to political parties. The Co-operative Group Board has already decided to put continued financial support of political parties to a vote of its members at its Annual General Meeting next year, as part of its wider on-going review of spending and support for political causes and social goals. The AGM will take place under the new governance structure, including the One Member One Vote system.
Richard Pennycook, Group Chief Executive of The Co-operative Group, said:
“The response to Have Your Say was overwhelming and the findings give us a great deal of encouragement and demonstrate the resilience of the Co-operative brand. It is clear that the organisation has a special place in the hearts of the British public, who want it to thrive. They support our determination to provide a real alternative to big business, championing local issues in local communities. We are very grateful for this support.
“The Co-operative has come through a difficult period and we are now rebuilding the organisation, focused on delivering on our commitment to champion a better way of doing business for our customers and their communities with real change on the ground. The findings of Have Your Say give us a wealth of information and insight that will inform us in that work.”
Peter Kellner, President of YouGov comments:
“The strength of the response to Have Your Say demonstrates the scale of the opportunity for The Co-operative Group. Clearly 2013 was an extremely challenging year but despite all of the difficulties, the public still believe in the brand. There is widespread support for the Group to reconnect with local communities – if it gets that right, it can rebuild its reputation for social responsibility and business competence.”
For further information please contact:
Susanna Voyle / Jonathan Sibun
020 7353 4200
Notes to Editors
In February 2014, The Co-operative Group commissioned YouGov to undertake a major piece of research and engagement – asking the public, including members, customers and colleagues, to help shape the future of the Group and to have their say.
The survey officially opened on Monday 17 February and closed on Monday 24 March 2014.
There was an unprecedented response with a total of 180,003 people completing the survey:
- 143,000 completed the survey online via an open link on www.haveyoursay.coop and 1,833 completed a paper copy – a total of 144,833
- YouGov also conducted its largest ever poll of the general public via its own panel of 35,170 people. This was a nationally representative sample and provided further context to the open link findings
*key findings relate to responses from the ‘Have your Say Total’ based on the 144,833 who completed the survey online via www.haveyoursay.coop or via a paper copy.
The full data tables and responses to all the questions can be viewed at www.haveyoursay.coop. The questions and responses relating to the key findings in this release are below
How favourable would you say you are, in general, towards The Co-operative?
For each of the following statements please indicate the extent to which you agree or disagree that it describes The Co-operative. - It offers higher quality products and services than its competitors
|Neither agree nor disagree||40%|
For each of the following statements please indicate the extent to which you agree or disagree that it describes The Co-operative. - It’s a business that tries to do the right thing
|Neither agree nor disagree||15%|
For each of the following statements please indicate the extent to which you agree or disagree that it describes The Co-operative. - It innovates positively and embraces new technology
|Neither agree nor disagree||38%|
Thinking about the way The Co-operative is run, please indicate the extent to which you agree or disagree with each of the following statements. - The Co-operative membership card holders have more of a say in how the business is run than the average loyalty card holder
|Neither agree nor disagree||23%|
Which three of these, if any, would be most likely to make you shop with The Co-operative Food more often?
|Lower prices to give better value for money||53%|
|More conveniently located stores||16%|
|Improved in-store experience and customer service||27%|
|An online shopping option with convenient collection and delivery||15%|
|More locally sourced products and support for local suppliers||46%|
|Ensuring the highest ethical and moral standards in relationships with customers, suppliers and employees||37%|
|Using its profits to fund projects that benefit people in my local area||-|
|Standing out from the big national chains by making a meaningful contribution in my community||-|
|A better range of products in my local Co-operative store||42%|
|Standing out from the big national chains by using its profits to support community projects that benefit people in my local area||30%|
Each year, The Co-operative returns some of its profits to its members depending on the value of goods and services they have bought from the business that year. Last year, members received an average annual dividend payment of £7 each. To what extent do you agree with the following statements? - The dividend payment is an important part of being a member of The Co-operative
|Neither agree nor disagree||23%|
Each year, The Co-operative returns some of its profits to its members depending on the value of goods and services they have bought from the business that year. Last year, members received an average annual dividend payment of £7 each. To what extent do you agree with the following statements? - The principle of paying dividends to members is more important than the size of the payment
|Neither agree nor disagree||23%|
To what extent do you think it is appropriate or inappropriate for big businesses to donate money to political parties?
|No strong feelings either way||14%|
The Co-operative is a financial supporter of the Co-operative Party, which fields candidates in UK national, devolved and local elections in partnership with the Labour Party. Were you aware of this before today?
Thinking about The Co-operative and how it might champion issues that are important to you, please indicate the extent to which you agree or disagree with each of the following statements. - The Co-operative should champion local issues that affect people in their communities
|Neither agree nor disagree