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Co-Operatives UK


Co-operatives UK is the network for Britain’s thousands of co-operatives. Our mission is to grow the co-operative economy, and we work to promote, develop and unite member-owned businesses worth £36 billion to the economy. Our membership spans all sectors – from major high street retailers and large agricultural businesses to community owned pubs and credit unions. We work alongside our members to promote co-ops through policy and public campaigns. We develop co-operatives, from innovative start-ups to big businesses. And we unite co-operative leaders and practitioners through our forums and events. Owned and run by our members, Co-operatives UK connects businesses and organisations that give people more control over the things that matter to them.

Diversity and Inclusion

Change Out have been appointed to lead a partnership diversity and inclusivity review.

Co-operatives UK, Locality, Plunkett Foundation, and Power to Change share an interest in developing and supporting the community business sector. Over the past two years, they have been collaborating on a range of themes, and diversity and inclusion have been identified as priority areas to address. To this end, following a competitive tender process, the four organisations have appointed ChangeOut to support employees, leadership, and volunteers in a joint project to develop plans to address the diversity profile of staffing, trustees and consultants and the extent to which they represent their broader constituencies. 

The initial work across the organisations will identify individual and common improvement actions, with early focus on data collection and reporting and how this supports practice, staff and board recruitment, and internal culture. The project will also review supplier recruitment, development and management, internal and external communications, and the accessibility of products and services to customers. During and beyond the current pandemic crisis, the four organisations’ share a vision of increased value and power in community, and are keen to ensure that their activities are accessible to all. 

Over the next three months, ChangeOut will conduct a mapping/review exercise of the current position and any good practice across the four organisations leading to recommendations for action in each organisation to improve diversity and inclusion practice and where possible, identify areas of further collaboration or sharing of resources across the organisations. 

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