AN Investors in People report has praised the ‘difference' that makes Leeds Co-op an "outstanding organisation".
The four-day review, which confirmed the society's 11-year Investors in People status, formally recognises Leeds Co-op's "clear vision and value statements".
And it commends the "considerable areas of particularly good practice" in a business that "lives its culture … the values and principles are evident throughout".
The aim to ‘create a better society' is, said the assessor, "a strong statement that underpins the whole culture. The values and principles are overt and well integrated throughout the organisation with, perhaps, ‘openness and honesty' as the most frequently quoted".
Praise was also levelled at the society's communication policy, appraisal process, learning and strong continuous improvement culture.
The society first received its Investors in People award in 1994 when it became one of the first businesses in Leeds to be recognised for the whole of its trading operation.
"The award acknowledges more than a decade of total commitment, across all our business divisions, to consistently high standards of training and development opportunities for all employees," said Chief Executive, Alan Gill.
"Importantly, it also pays tribute to the daily application of co-operative values and principles that are the very foundation of the way we do business."