I’ve been a member of The Co-operative for several years. I shop with the Co-operative, bank with the Co-operative and I am even preparing a plan with the Co-operative Funeral Care (practical and not morbid as you might think!).
Whilst I am a member of the Co-operative, and a big fan of their groundbreaking work in areas like Fair Trade produce, my faith in the group was rocked by their recent banking crisis. Disenfranchised I began to question my loyalty to a Co-op that had opaque rather than open business practices.
Today my faith in the Co-op has been lifted as the group have launched a wide reaching members and shoppers survey. The aim of the survey is to understand our views to enable the Co-operative to change for the future.
For me, what sets The Co-operative apart from the ‘Big Four’ supermarkets, is their willingness to listen, to change and to put ethics and customers before profits.
There, I’ve had my say!