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1 Co-operative Social Responsibility Maxine Sharman Head of Community Engagement

2 About Midcounties Who we are We are a consumer co-operative owned by our members, and part of the global co-operative movement What we do We operate a range of businesses in Food, Travel, Pharmacy, Funeral, Childcare, Energy, Employee Benefits and Post Offices Where we trade Our heartlands are in Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire, Buckinghamshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, the West Midlands, Wiltshire and Worcestershire. However, our Energy, Childcare and Flexible Benefits businesses trade across the UK

3 Our Aim Our aim is to be a successful consumer co-operative working towards creating a better, fairer world, and to enhance the lives of our colleagues, members, customers and the communities we serve

4 D emocracy O penness E quality S ocial Responsibility Our Values

5 Our Social Goals Developing young people Supporting our communities Defending the environment Developing co-ops across the world

6 Social EnvironmentalEconomic Social Economic Environmental

7 Our key difference We only ever do three things with our profit: –Re-invested into the business –Returned to our members –Used for community and co-operative investment

8 Projects Volunteering School Engagement Grant Giving Charity Partner

9 Volunteering All colleagues have three days each year to participate in volunteering 56% active participation 40,000 hours delivered last year Fantastic way for colleagues to live our values Drives colleague engagement

10 Projects Stand alone pieces of work linked to specific areas affecting communities –Alcohol Misuse –Teenage Relationships –Dental Health

11 Charity Partner Teenage Cancer Trust –Elected by our colleagues –Target of £200,000 for year one –Record ‘Give at the Till’ event raised £87,000 in one weekend

12 Schools Engagement Developing Young People –Strategic partnerships with five schools –Academic achievement –Employability –Co-operative Trust Schools and academies –Outward Bound Bursary

13 Our partnership with Sutherland Business and Enterprise School

14 Why? Partnership began 2008 –Supporting Co-operative Trust Schools Lessons learnt –Find sustaining ‘reasons why’ for the engagement –Always have a named ‘account manager’ from both organisations –Meet regularly, even if you don’t think there is anything new to say –Ensure commitment from the leaders on both sides

15 Why? Business Aims –Increase sales & membership locally –More volunteering opportunities –Attract and retain colleagues –Develop ‘best practice’ model for use elsewhere –Generate positive PR –Lessons learnt Have clear measures, and report on them Determination – relationships and mutual trust take time to build

16 Why? Educational Aims –Improve attendance levels –Raise attainment –Improve behaviour –Create a membership model to engage parents –To have a business sponsor to support governors and trustees –Lessons learnt The school needs to have a ‘hands on’ approach to the business engagement Agree what you are planning to do with the head/link person

17 How? Financial Assistance –Lessons learnt: Allocate a specific budget, whatever the amount. Be clear in advance of the terms of reference to avoid being seen as a cash cow Colleagues into school –Reading, mentoring, painting, gardening, supporting lessons –Governor and trustee roles Pupils into business –Work experience, presentations, interview practice, AGM visits

18 How? Workplace to school –Business meetings with students attending Gaining mutual understanding –work experience, teacher/colleague mentoring Having fun –Outward bound, prize giving, involvement in community programmes Lessons Learnt Engage with all parts of the business Don’t expect to get everything right first time Do possibility thinking, there will be more than you thought Fix as a permanent item on key meeting agendas

19 Telford Multi Academy Trust Don’t expect things to run smoothly with schools! Results go up and down, pupil numbers change and so do Government Ministers… Continuing our work as a partner to the new MAT New BITC Business Class cluster being established in Telford

20 Grant Giving The Midcounties Co-operative Community Fund was set up in 2011 using dormant member share capital General grants of up to £2,000 and one grant per county, per year of £10,000 In Telford this was used to support ‘Silver Threads’ a Donnington Community Centre

21 Delivers our social goals Put our DOES values Into action Make our colleagues and members proud Make a difference to our communities and to our business Differentiates us, giving us a competitive edge Social Responsibility Engagement Cycle

22 And finally… We are in the Times 100 Best Big Companies to work for three years running We are Platinum members of BITC’s Corporate Responsibility Index IIP Gold accreditation across the whole of our business Just hit £1Billon turnover If you like what we do, why not join us?

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