What a day! We welcomed hundreds of Co-op members to our AGM in Manchester, with lots more of you watching online.
Our AGM is always a great chance to update our members, answer their questions and celebrate all that’s different and special about our Co-op, in particular you, our colleagues!
Here are some of the things we got up to:
We welcomed some VIPs
This afternoon I met our 13 Thank you for Being Co-op winners. This is the second year we’ve run the awards and this year we had over 3,100 entries! That shows how special the winners are. We treated them to afternoon tea and they each have a unique Co-op experience coming up – I’ll let you know how they get on.
We celebrated our success
It was great to meet our Members who had travelled from across the country and share our progress since our last AGM. Their reaction to our strong performance last year was really positive.
We started off the day by sharing our successes from 2018. You’ll have seen some of these when we published our annual results last month. As well as making a pre-tax profit of £93m, we’ve shared the value we’ve created with our members and their communities, including £60m given back through the 5% and a further £19 million to 4,000 local causes from the 1% and carrier bag levy.
I’m really pleased to say that the motions put forward by our council on Fairtrade, Responsible Sourcing and Safer Colleagues, Safer Communities all had overwhelming support. You can read all about the motions here. So if you voted, thank you.
You can also click here to find out who was voted on to our Council this year
We announced we’ll be working with The Damilola Taylor Trust as part of our Safer Colleagues, Safer Communities campaign. Damilola’s father Richard joined us to describe the impact our support will enable the Trust to have on young lives. It was a truly moving moment
We shared our new national advertising campaign* linking the products and services we sell, with the good that we do. These ads show the difference shopping with Co-op makes in local communities. It’s not a gimmic, it’s not a one-off – it’s what we do