Our founders, the Rochdale Pioneers, built the co-operative movement on the values of democracy, equality, equity, and solidarity in 1844. Throughout our history, we’ve protested slavery and boycotted products of apartheid. But in 2020 we recognise we need to do more to address the ugly reality of racism.
We won’t stand by when we see racism. We’ll speak out against it, and seek to eliminate the individual, institutional and systemic racial inequalities that exist in our society. We’ve made several commitments to our colleagues, members and communities that we will follow through on at all costs. It’s vital that we become an actively anti-racist organisation, and use our voice to educate, lobby government and push through legislative change. We must empower our Black, Asian and ethnic minority members, colleagues and communities.
Find out how we’ll do this by reading our commitments to racial equality and inclusion.