I’ve been at Co-op for 33 years. I’ve seen lots of change over that time, but the one thing that hasn’t changed is the commitment Co-op shows to local communities. I know so many colleagues who really care and do everything they can to support others in our depot and area. It makes me feel so proud to know that it’s not just us who care: we’re part of an organisation that does too.
A lifelong career
I joined the Co-op in 1985 as part of the old youth training scheme in the accounts department. Today, in my role of Food Depot Manager, I’m responsible for the welfare, performance and coaching of the colleagues in my depot. It’s the great people I work with, Co-op’s prominent ethics and values, and the opportunity to always better myself, that has kept me at Co-op for so long.
Connected to colleagues, members and communities
I always feel connected to my colleagues, as I work with a wide group of people inside the depot and around the business. I feel connected to my community too, and think it’s amazing that we connect our members to the community, by allowing them to choose and support things they care about and make a difference, without even trying. We’ve given over £40 million** to more than 16,000 local causes over the last three years; that’s staggering. Most businesses wouldn’t give away their profits that easily, but then Co-op’s different to most businesses.
Food Depot Manager
*Whenever a member buys Co-op products, 1% goes towards our Local Community Fund
**Includes the levy from carrier bag sales