img_8111The Co-op has been named the 31st most LGBT-inclusive employer in Stonewall’s Workplace Equality Index 2017. Respect, our LGBT+ colleague network, was also recognised with a highly commended network award.

This year was the most competitive ever with 439 public and private sector organisations entering the index. To be placed in the top 100, businesses have to show true commitment to LGBT+ inclusion in a wide range of areas – from training and senior sponsorship, to colleague networks and community engagement.

Pippa Wicks, Chief Operating Officer, commented:

“It’s fantastic to see one of our Ways of Being – Be yourself, always – truly brought to life and recognised externally. Equality is one of our founding values, so it’s great we’ve once again been recognised for commitment to LGBT+ inclusion.”

Adrian Shooter, Resourcing and Diversity Director, added:

“I’m really proud of what we’ve achieved at the Co-op, it’s a true example of succeeding together. The Respect network, Diversity team and businesses understand that championing the LGBT+ community creates a more inclusive and positive place to work as well as being a much better way of doing business.”

About Respect

Everyone is welcome to join Respect, whether you identify as LGBT+ or not. If you want to find out more, or get involved, email the team at If you’re on Twitter, you can follow us @CooprespectLGBT