Corporate responsibility

We are committed to putting the co-operative values and principles into practice in everything we do. This includes our approach to the way we do business, which is set out in our corporate responsibility policy. For more detail of the challenges, risk and opportunities we have identified as part of our five year CR strategy click here.

See our corporate responsibility update to find out about some of our achievements in 2016 or click the image below:

Our main commitments covered by Corporate Responsibility are:

 Community - One of the key principles of Central England Co-operative is the difference we make in the community.

 Environment - One of our main commitments as a Society has always been to have a purpose beyond profit and a pledge to protect the environment.

 Marketplace - Read how we have re-invested all those 5p plastic bag charges back into the community with great effect.

 Workplace - We are passionate about supporting our colleagues, members and customers in leading a healthy, balanced lifestyle.

We work to the framework set by Business in the Community, His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales’ Responsible Business Network.  In 2017 we were awarded 4.5 stars in their annual CR Index.




You can find out more about BITC by clicking here.


Corporate Responsibility leaders at Central England Co-operative

 Community - chaired by Kevin Crute, Head of Funeral

  Environment - chaired by Danny Flanagan, Head of Trading Development

  Marketplace - chaired by Louise McFadzean, Head of Finance

 Workplace - chaired by Kellee Torr, Head of HR

Each workstream is represented by the chair on our CR Steering Group which is chaired by Martyn Cheatle, Chief Executive, supported by Michael Spencer, Head of Food Retail and facilitated by Hannah Gallimore, CR Manager.

Gender Pay Report 2017

Central England Co-operative is one of the largest independent co-operative retailers in the UK, employing over 8,300 colleagues across a diverse range of businesses, including retail, distribution, funeral, travel and optical.

As a co-operative, equity and equality are part of our founding principles. We believe in a fair approach to pay for all of our colleagues.  We are confident that men and women are paid equally for the same roles within our business. In addition we pay all new starters, including apprentices, the full rate for the role.

Read more by clicking here, or by clicking the image below.














Social Return on Investment

Why look at social return on investment?  The questions we posed ourselves at Central England Co-operative were: what impact are we having in our communities? Are we giving our communities what they truly need?  Is it all working? And, what data do we need to plan for the future?

To answer these questions and enable us to take an evidence based approach, we worked with Social Return on Investment (SROI) specialist ‘Make a Difference CIC’.  We looked at the social value and return provided by our Community Dividend, award winning SENse to Aspire scheme and local activities organised for members.

Martyn Cheatle, Chief Executive, said: “We took the decision to undertake this new form of robust analysis of our community impact in order to inform future decision making and ensure that we continue to make a real difference to people’s lives.”

Our future strategy for community investment will be informed from the findings from this year’s report. It has identified areas and activities that deliver greater return and where CEC should focus more energy. It has also highlighted the impact that volunteering and other non-financial activities can have on the overall social return.

Click here or the image below to see our latest Social Impact Report.



Through our Community Dividend we redistribute 1% of our trading profit in the form of grants to local community groups across our trading area for projects such as improving school playgrounds, restoring church halls, buying special needs equipment, sporting activities, creating educational resources, building kitchen facilities and much more.

To find out if we could help fund a project in your local community, please visit the My Co-op Community website, here.


In addition to responding to requests for charitable donations in our local area, we hold events to raise money for our corporate charity, as voted for by Society employees. Our current corporate charity is the Dementia UK, which provides support and practical help to families face dementia.

More about our corporate charity

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