I’m Paul and I work on how The Co-op delivers on its promise to champion a better way of doing business, through ethics and sustainability. I’m currently looking at a series of ethical issues like, human rights, food and farming, the environment and resource use; all to help clearly define Co-op’s position on key issues into a succinct framework – and I need your help to do it.
As a co-op, we’re uniquely placed to champion a better way of doing business because co-operative values and principles are in our DNA. The Co-op exists to do things differently and give back to the communities we serve, so we’re already a step ahead. But, we can’t be complacent, we need to develop this framework so that all our efforts in ethics and sustainability are joined as one.
So, as we begin to articulate what our business ethics are, I want to know what you think.
- What kinds of business should we engage with, and in?
- How do we go about that business?
- What do we do with the proceeds?
- What ethical concerns do you think our Co-op should champion?
I don’t want a thesis, or the perfect answer (there won’t be one!), or beautiful prose (but poetry would be uplifting!), I just want to know what you think The Co-op’s ethics should be about.
Tell us in the comments below, on Twitter @TheCooperative using #shapeourcoop or pop your thoughts here, however you want to tell us, please do – because after all, that’s what The Co-op is all about.
Group Policy Director