Community Team

Southern Co-op


The Community Team at Southern Co-op - a regional, independent co-operative - is made up of three dedicated colleagues who are passionate about driving the responsible business agenda both internally and externally. With more than 4,000 colleagues across more than 270 locations (retail, funeralcare and head office), the team works with every sector helping to embed a culture of sustainability and community investment into day to day business operations . Working in this way, they educate and empower others to drive changes within their own teams and workplaces.

Community Impact
Increasing the volume of activity by 74% over the past year, and increasing participation by 269% since Q1 2018, the team's Love Your Neighbourhood programme was designed in collaboration with colleagues and members. Now in its third year, it focuses on four key themes for building strong, connected communities - Greener, Safer, Healthier and More Inclusive Neighbourhoods. The programme has been designed to empower colleagues to take ownership of their local relationships and funding decisions. During 2018 over £526,000* was contributed and £150,000 of funds were raised through Love Your Neighbourhood supporting more than 2600 organisations in local communities across the south of England. 

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