We’re the UK’s fifth biggest food retailer with more than 2,500 local, convenience and medium-sized stores.
As well as having clear financial and operational objectives and employing nearly 70,000 people, we’re a recognised leader for our social goals and community-led programmes. We exist to meet members’ needs and stand up for the things they believe in.
- The UK’s number 1 funeral services provider
- A major general insurer
- A growing legal services business
We’re doing everything we can to make sure modern slavery has no place in our business, through a combination of awareness raising campaigns, policy changes, and offering opportunities to those affected.
We work with the Red Cross to tackle loneliness and isolation, contributing around £6 million to the cause. And in Glasgow, our Starter Packs provide everyday essentials for people starting to live independently.
Local community fund
The local community fund is our way of giving back to the communities we work in. Co-op Members have given millions of pounds to local causes. That means we’ve been able to help fund thousands of local projects that benefit communities across the UK. For example, in Southport, funding from Co-op Members has been used to build a new lifeboat station.
We believe everyone should be treated fairly throughout our supply chain, from tea farmers in Kenya to wine grape pickers in Argentina. That’s why we’ve proudly led the development of Fairtrade since the Fairtrade Mark launched all the way back in 1994. And as the biggest convenience seller of Fairtrade products, we’re committed to setting an example for the industry.
We’re the first UK retailer to commit to eliminating water poverty by 2030. At our 2017 AGM we announced that we’re doing even more to fight water poverty by donating 1p per litre from all the branded bottles of water we sell.
This is what makes us different and why careers here matter that little bit more. You can find out more about what Co-op Membership means here.
Our Membership is one of a kind in the industry, it gives back to our members and their local causes at the same time. But Co-op Membership is about more than deals and rewards. Your Membership is a share in the business. This means you have a say in how the business is run, deciding on everything from the products we sell to the causes we support.
By 2020 we want to recruit Member Pioneers and Member Pioneer Co-ordinators to support all of our communities across the UK. Both of these roles are focused on connecting Co-op colleagues and people in their communities to help make a difference where they live.
To find out more about these roles, click here. If you can't see any current opportunities in your area, please sign up for job alerts and we’ll let you know when a suitable role becomes available.
We’ve developed four simple phrases that describe what being a Co-op colleague is all about. They define what Being Co-op is- how we behave and how we work for the benefit of our members, customers and communities.
When you apply for a job at Co-op, we'll ask you to complete an online assessment to help us understand how closely your personal values and motivations match up to our ways of 'Being Co-op'.