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Diversity & Inclusion


The Society is committed to building a diverse, inclusive and supportive working environment that encourages the development, progression and retention of our colleagues.

We strive for all colleagues, members and customers to receive equal treatment and service, regardless of their age, disability, gender, sexual orientation, marital or partnership status, as well as race, pregnancy, ethnicity, religion or belief.

Working groups at Your Co-op are a great way to get involved and become more engaged with the wider business, and to make Your Co-op a better and more inclusive workplace for all colleagues.

To join the EmbRACE working group, which focuses on making the Society more inclusive for ethnic minority groups, or to join the PRIDE+ working group, which focuses on making the Society more inclusive for LGBTQIA+ colleagues - feel free to email

Please note - the time you spend in meetings and completing tasks for the working groups will always be within work time, and not in your own free time.

  • Appoint an Executive Sponsor for Race

  • Capture and Publicise our Ethnicity Data

  • Commit at Board Level to Zero Tolerance of Harassment and Bullying

  • Make it clear that supporting equality in the workplace is a responsibility of ALL leaders and managers

  • Take positive actions that support ethnic minority career progression

  • Maintained Signatory of the Disability Confident Employer Charter

Get Involved with Events & Celebrations

Do you wish to represent yourself, your culture or characteristics?

We are actively encouraging colleagues across the Society to share their stories and get involved with events and celebrations around the year that mean something to them. This can be Religious or Cultural celebrations, Nationwide Events, Recent News, Events and Updates that affect you, or anything else that is culturally significant.

If you would like to support our Society-wide communications by writing articles, conducting research, being a guest speaker or star contributor, please email

What's to Come...

Female Progression

As part of the ongoing work around Diversity and Inclusion and having reviewed the Society’s data particularly around women progressing into senior positions the data is indicating that women are not progressing as at the same rate as men from a level 5 position.

To gain more insight to this we have recently surveyed our level 5 female retail colleagues to establish potential barriers to progression. We will be creating a working group to review this in more detail, pilot initiatives and then look to roll put best practice across other areas of the Society.


Men in Childcare

We have an aspiration to increase our male workforce in childcare from 2% - 20% by 2025 – watch this space for more updates on how we plan to achieve this!


Schools Activity

We will be developing a programme to attract young people from ethnic minority backgrounds into the Society via high schools and colleges

Useful Info & Resources

Diversity & Inclusion Policy

Please click here to view the Society’s Diversity and Inclusion policy.


i.Learn Resources

Within our i.Learn system you can access a number of resources including a variety of e-learning courses compliance training, self-development learning zone, and book on face-to-face courses.

Click here to sign in to i.Learn


Helpline Numbers


Gender & Ethnicity Pay Gap Report

Click here to view the Society's latest Gender & Ethnicity Pay Gap Report.