- Scotland The Bread: building a home-grown grain economy
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- Co-operative Bank signs agreement with the Customer Union for Ethical Banking
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- In an increasingly unstable world, Marinaleda, an Andalusian village, has developed a co-operative alternative
Category Archives: Co-operative Group
Business Green reports that the Co-op Group is launching a home delivery service for online grocery deliveries ordered from shop.coop.co.uk. There is a standard £5 delivery charge and a £15 minimum spend. The new service will initially be available to … Continue reading
Ryan Brightwell (below left), who works with Banktrack in the Netherlands, is one of the founders of Save Our Bank; he writes the newsletters and compiled the history/chronology below. Wider interests are touched on in his lively Twitter page. … Continue reading
The international co-operative movement has seen a series of catastrophic failures of large scale co-operatives in recent decades, such as the Saskatchewan Wheat Pool, retail co-ops in Germany, France and Atlantic Canada, banking in Austria and the near meltdown of … Continue reading
The Co-operative Group has sponsored the Glasgow Co-operative Funeralcare Band for 100 years. The band was formed in 1918, drawing its players from the then CWS factories in Glasgow. http://www.theco-operativefuneralcareband.co.uk/ The band has won the Scottish Championship a record 32 … Continue reading
Were activists or imported executives responsible for the Co-operative Group’s ‘management and governance’ failure?
A few years after the event which eventually triggered the setting up of this site in 2011, a group of co-operators concerned about the ‘corporatisation’ of the large societies, involving loss of members’ control, began to correspond. Several had been … Continue reading
The FT reports that since March, the Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA), Christine Tacon, has been investigating alleged mistreatment of suppliers by the Co-operative Group, her former employer. There were complaints that the Co-op dropped suppliers without fair notice, levied unfair … Continue reading
o Bruce Crowther began campaigning for Oxfam in 1984 in his spare time. He worked as a vet and persuaded residents and local businesses in Garstang, a small market town, to make a commitment to Fairtrade. Garstang declared itself the … Continue reading
Next move: will worker co-operatives help the Co-operative Group to learn how to operate democratically?
After contacting the worker co-operatives to update the directory, Mary Holmes wrote: “In a world awash with lyrical mission statements about ‘excellence’, ‘service’ and ‘ethical dimensions’ worker co-ops actually have their values at the centre of the business not just … Continue reading