The Co-operative is ‘proud to be flying the rainbow flag’ and supporting Manchester’s LGBT Pride this summer.
Manchester Pride is one of fifteen LGBT events across the UK being supported by the ethical group this summer.
Liz Bramley, The Co-operative's Head of Engagement & Diversity commented: “The level of support The Co-operative is showing the LGBT community all over the UK this year is unprecedented. The pride events are a brilliant way to spread the important messages of equality and celebrating difference to our employees, members and customers.
“We have a diverse workforce and all employees should feel and know they can be themselves whilst at work, irrespective of difference.”
The UK’s largest mutual business now has an award-winning 1000-strong LGBT employee network, Respect. Thomas Anderson, their Co-Chair, said:
“The support The Co-operative is showing to so many LGBT communities this summer is truly amazing to see and it really sets us apart from lots of other businesses. We are sponsoring lots of Community, Youth and Family Zones at many of the events and this support is aligned with The Co-operative’s values.”
Victoria Cowley, Respect co-chair, said: “I hope lots of employees and members, and their friends and family, join us for what is shaping up to be a great summer that is going to be lots of fun. Let's be loud and proud together.”
The Co-operative was recently placed 11th in LGBT rights group Stonewall’s Workplace Equality Index, the only retailer to rank in the top 100, and supports a number of LGBT charities and organisations, including Manchester-based Lesbian and Gay Foundation.
Set up in 1844 by the Rochdale Pioneers Society, the company is owned by over seven million consumers, as opposed to private shareholders.