At The Midcounties Co-operative we place a great importance on supporting the communities we serve, because it’s something that matters to our members, our customers and our colleagues.
Concern for the community is one of the co-operative principles on which we base our business and we look to give something back to our communities in a number of ways.
From volunteering at schools and local charities to fundraising for our charity partner, and donating a share of our profits back to organisations that need our support, there are so many ways we are engaging with the people we serve.
Our work within the community has been recognised by a number of national bodies and we’ve received many awards. Take a look through this section to find out more about what we do, and how we could help your organisation.
Regional Community Overview
Regional Communities' is a focussed, measured approach to supporting communities in an identified geographical location where the society has a strong trading presence. Measured, with clear targets, Regional Communities is a programme that puts Midcounties at the very heart of the local life, ensuring that we are truly community owned, community led, and community rewarding.
Our colleagues and members work together to support local community projects that matter to those who work, live and learn in the local community.
The Society was reaccredited for the second time with the fair tax mark in 2016 , which certifies that we pay the right amount of tax in the right place at the right time.
This Tax Charter represents a formalisation of our approach on tax matters and reflects our outlook and values.Within the overall framework set by the Charter, we believe it is fair that we look for ways to mitigate the Society’s tax bill to ensure we do not pay more tax than we need to. However, our approach will always be based on a recognition that as a values led and ethical organisation we should pay the taxes we are due to pay and we should not engage in aggressive tax avoidance schemes, even if legal.
Business in the Community
The Midcounties Co-operative is one of only a handful of UK businesses to achieve a 5 star rating in Business in the Community’s annual benchmark of responsible business, the Corporate Responsibility Index (CR Index). We are proud to have achieved 99% against an average of 91% for our sustainability practices.
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Business in the Community's CR Index is the UK’s leading voluntary benchmark of corporate responsibility. It has been run by Business in the Community since 2002, providing businesses with a robust framework to help companies systematically measure, manage and integrate responsible business practice into mainstream business strategy and operations. It also allows businesses to benchmark against competitors and to transparently communicate progress to stakeholders
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In 2014 The Midcounties Co-operative were re-accredited with The CommunityMark which recognises businesses that have an integrated and strategic approach to community investment and are making a measurable difference to communities through their programmes.
The CommunityMark is the UK’s national standard for leadership and excellence in community investment, run by Business in the Community.