Celebrating the LGBT+ community

LGBT Berries Hero

Stand with us in celebrating difference. Because we believe there’s no place for prejudice in our communities and everyone is welcome.

When you shop at Co-op, you’re supporting great things like our commitment to LGBT+ causes. We’re proud that for many years this support has gone beyond rainbow flags and fine words. Instead, we’ve been investing in projects that can make a difference – in changing lives and minds. We also have a history of speaking up about equality rights.

Taking Pride

It’s brilliant bringing people together to celebrate what we have in common and what makes us unique. Over the years Co-op has supported multiple Pride events across the UK, dressing up local food stores and marching in the parade. We also champion a diverse range of causes including LGBT+ mental health services, LGBT+ youth groups, and LGBT+ switchboard projects.

Currently, when you buy our own brand products such as summer berries, 1% of the money goes to causes such as Liverpool City Region Pride. Read more about how this is helping people like Cat feel a part of their community.

Educating minds

We’re proud to say that all of Co-op Academies are Stonewall Champions. The Co-op Foundation has also received funding to work with Greater Manchester Co-op Academies to support the set-up of a LGBT+ schools alliance. This is being delivered by the Proud Trust.

Speaking up

We stand side-by-side with the LGBT+ community. Co-op has a history of campaigning on the equality rights and was the only retailer to speak in Parliament in support of the Equal Marriage Bill. We’ve been included in the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index for more than 10 years. In partnership with Iris Prize – LGBT+ Film Festival awards – we’ve hosted annual LGBT education outreach activities as part of ‘Iris on the Move’.

Building communities

Equality begins at home. Our LGBT+Respect network has over 1,000 colleagues as members. This network was there to support of Gender Recognition Act consultation. The Co-op Local Community Fund is also inclusive and supports a wide range of causes throughout the UK.

Click to read some of the blogs about our Respect Network.

Join us

If you’re as passionate about equality as we are, why not become a member and choose the causes you’d like us to support?