Co-operative Group members encouraged the executive to continue to increase members’ voice. The society’s members voted in favour of a motion put forward by the Members’ Council at the annual general meeting in Manchester on 21 May.
The motion highlighted the progress made in giving individual members a voice through formal democratic process. It also called on the board and the council to continue their work in their area as well as explore face-to-face and digital opportunities for members to engage with one another and with the Group. Both the board and the council backed this motion, which called on the board to report to the 2017 AGM on achievements made and future plans for member voice and its place within revitalising the membership proposition.
Introducing the motion, council member Sue Smith from Sussex said that although the body had delivered on the “one member – one vote” principle, it had yet to do so on participation. “Work is in progress,” she said, adding that the motion on development and embedding members’ voice “should be a key priority”.
The motion was carried by 98.42%.