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I’ve worked in Co-op Property for three years now and can honestly say I’ve loved every moment. I work on the property strategy for both Food and Funeralcare, making sure we have the right properties in the right locations. We look after over 3,500 food stores and funeral homes, so it’s a big job.

I know I can come into work every day and be myself

I got married to my wife a few months ago and can’t imagine what it would have been like if I’d had to hide such a big thing in my life. My colleagues gave me so much support and advice, I couldn’t have asked for more.

It’s easy to forget that when I met Jen eight years ago, it wasn’t even legal for us to get married. Co-op was the only retailer to speak in favour of equal marriage in the Houses of Parliament, that’s something that makes me very proud.

I know I can come into work every day and be myself. I think that has a lot to do with the culture at Co-op, and the people who choose to work here. Equality, equity and solidarity are three of our founding values, and they’re still very much part of our culture today.

Co-op supports the LGBT+ community

From organising inclusion workshops for Co-op Academy students and supporting the Iris Prize short film festival, to donating thousands to LGBT+ causes through our Local Community Fund and getting involved with Prides across the country, Co-op supports the LGBT+ community.

Last year, I joined around 100 colleagues in the Manchester Pride parade. We covered ourselves in glitter and celebrated diversity with thousands of onlookers, it was fantastic.

I’m proud that we celebrate diverse communities, it’s a great example of the Co-op difference in action.

Yasmin Barclay,

Portfolio Strategy ManagerCo-op Property

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