September 30, 2020

Meet our networks

By Natasha Hunter, Inclusion Manager

Being inclusive is one of our top priorities and makes us a stronger and better business – I’m so proud we’ve got so many diverse colleagues who make our Co-op what it is.

Diversity and inclusion can seem complex, but the principles are actually simple – it’s about each of us taking responsibility to create a welcoming environment where everyone feels part of the business and valued for their unique input. It doesn’t matter who you are, where you work, the role you do or the grade you are. We can all make our Co-op that little bit more inclusive. 

We’re so lucky that we’ve got some brilliant networks made up of colleagues who volunteer their time to improve the experiences of different diverse groups. They’ve evolved over the past few years and have engaged and supported so many of our colleagues keeping inclusion front of mind. It’s National Inclusion Week, so now more than ever we’re keen for colleagues to engage and explore what our networks have to offer. To help we’ve put together a short profile for each of our five networks below including details of how to contact them. 

The networks welcome all members including allies, so we’d encourage you to get involved even if you don’t identify with that specific demographic group. There’s also a poster below, which you can display to help raise awareness of inclusion with colleagues in your business area. 

Aspire Network

A community of colleagues that support women and their career development and believe all women in Co-op have a right to equality. The network is fully inclusive and welcomes women and their allies.

Contact them at:

Read more about this network here.

Disability Network

Established to provide a supportive community for disabled colleagues, whilst promoting fair representation and opportunities across Co-op.

Contact them at:

Respect LGBT+ Network

They help to create a workplace where Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual and Queer colleagues can be themselves, always.

Contact them at:

Read more about this network here.

Rise Network

They’re building a supportive community for colleagues from Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds.

Contact them at:

Read more about this network here.

Strive Network

They focus on bringing our young colleagues aged 16-30 with other generations to work together and support one another. You can be any age to join.

Contact them at:

Read more about this network here.

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