We’ve been named in The Times Top 50 Employers for Women 2018 for the second time.
The list is published in partnership with Business in the Community and the Prince’s Responsible Business Network. It celebrates UK employers who are building gender equality into their business strategy and have committed to creating a culture of inclusivity and supporting progression for women at work.
I’m really proud that we’ve been recognised on this list for our work so far in supporting gender diversity. Our values and principles are what makes the Co-op different. The listing in the Times Top 50 is recognition of our commitment to building an inclusive organisation that reflects the communities we work in where everyone can achieve their ambitions.
Take a look at this short video from Tina Mitchell, a Divisional Managing Director in Food as she talks about what being inclusive at the Co-op means to her.
We’ve come a long way
As a business we’ve come a long way in recent years and we’re doing lots of great things to champion gender diversity.
We have one of the UK’s only female Retail CEO’s in Jo Whitfield leading our Food business and our split on the Exec team is now over 50% female.
We also have a well-established Women’s network, Aspire, which launched in 2012 and has gone from strength-to-strength, with almost 1,000 members and growing.
Aspire is run by volunteers from across Co-op and focuses on supporting women at the Co-op and their careers. This includes mentoring, workshops and a parent network (for both men and women). If you’re interested in hearing more about Aspire email firstname.lastname@example.org
During the last year we also became charity partner to the Snowdrop Project and the Sophie Hayes Foundation who provide support exclusively for female victims of modern slavery.
Our Fairtrade Cocoa also began to support a Women’s Leadership School in the Ivory coast for Cocoa Farmers, and we announced that we would cover the cost of the Tampon Tax.
We’re also expanding our industry leading apprenticeship programme up to degree level and our 2017 intake was made up of 52% women and 48% men.
See the full list of The Times Top 50 Employers for Women 2017.
Helen Webb, Chief People Officer