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Since I joined the Co-op eight years ago, I’ve seen first-hand the difference we’ve made to communities with the help of our members. 

Whether it’s our members raising over £70m for 21,000 unique local projects through our Local Community Fund or by helping more communities access healthy food by adding 100 new fridges to The Community Fridge Network, I have consistently felt proud to be a colleague and a member. 

That’s why I’m delighted today to announce that I’ve now joined the Board of Trustees for our own charity, the Co-op Foundation

This position will give me the opportunity to raise the profile of a truly pioneering charity and grant-giver and help to build partnerships that could have a real impact on its work tackling inequality. Read what the Foundation achieved last year in its Impact Report

About the Foundation 

The Co-op Foundation is Co-op’s charity. It helps people challenge inequality and co-operate for change so they can share a fairer future. 

The Foundation is probably best known for its work tackling youth loneliness. Since 2017, it has awarded more than £6.5m in grants to community projects UK-wide and it now runs the Lonely Not Alone campaign to overcome stigma. Read how you can get involved in Lonely Not Alone by wearing yellow socks.  

I’ll be working with my fellow trustees and the talented colleagues at the Foundation to build on these achievements in 2021 and beyond. 

We will develop our new strategy in the coming months aligned even more closely with the Co-op’s vision of ‘co-operating for a fairer world’ and we’ll put co-operative values at the heart of everything we do. Read this blog from CEO, Nick Crofts, on what a future driven by co-operative values could look like. 

The Co-op Foundation is committed to tackling inequality in all its forms and I’m really excited to get stuck in and do my bit. 

Do more together 

I joined the Co-op in 2013 because I believed it to be a better way of doing business if we want all communities to thrive rather than a lucky few. At Co-op, for every £1 members spend on selected own brand products and services, 2p will go into their membership account – and we’ll give the same amount to support community organisations and local causes. 

I believe the Foundation can take our community impact even further by building funding partnerships externally and empowering community groups locally, just like it did with its #iwill Fund. The whole of the Co-op will always be greater than the sum of its parts. 

Keep updated with how you can support the Foundation by subscribing to its blog

You can also follow the Foundation on Twitter

Michael Fletcher,
Chief Commercial Officer 

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