The Co-operative Group has launched a vote to decide which issues and charities to support in the future. Employees and members of the Group will be able to cast their votes online or by phone, helping to choose the Co-operative’s future charity partnerships.
The Group will then campaign on the issue based on the feedback received from members and employees. Voting is open to all 70,000 employees and eight million members of the society and will close on 12 July.
The three shortlisted charity partners are British Red Cross, Groundwork and the Prince’s Trust. Members and employees are asked to vote for one of the three critical issues affecting people in the UK: tackling loneliness with the British Red Cross, saving outdoor spaces with Groundwork, and transforming young lives, with the Prince’s Trust.
Richard Pennycook, the Co-operative Group’s chief executive, said: “This is what the co-operative difference is all about. As a member-led organisation, this announcement heralds a return to our founding principles – standing up for what matters to our members and colleagues so that we can campaign for change and a better society.”
The charity that receives the most votes will become the Co-operative’s new charity partner. The three charities were shortlisted after thousands of members and colleagues engages in discussion on the future of the Co-operative’s community and campaigns activity through an online discussion platform and in store.
Members and staff, along with the executive the members’ council then pulled together with a shortlist of issues for the society to champion. The three charity partners shortlisted were chosen based on the issues raised by members and colleagues as of concern to them.
The Group will announce its new charity partner on 20 July. Members that do not have access to Internet can vote by calling 08000884862.