Co-operative Group seeks young people for advisory board
Fifteen people aged 16 to 25 from across the UK are to be recruited to the board that will provide The Co-operative Group with ideas and innovation.
The Co-operative said it is looking for “talented and committed” young people to form a Young Members’ Board, which is set to launch at the group’s annual meeting in May. It added that five of the original Co-operative Group founders, who formed the organisation in 1844, were under the age of 26.
In a statement The Co-operative said: “The Co-operative Young Members’ Board will give today’s young people the same opportunity to inspire change for future generations by driving forward the co-operative way of doing business and helping to make important decisions that will impact upon its 100,000 employees and 5,000 high street outlets and bank branches.”
The successful candidates will meet eight times a year in Manchester and will take on specific business challenges set by The Co-operative Group Board, as well as take part in projects with Co-operative employees and senior managers. The Young Members’ Board will share ideas and innovation, presenting their findings and views back to the main board.
Len Wardle, Chair of the Co-operative Group, said: “The Co-operative was founded in part by five inspiring and determined young people and the impact of their innovation led to the creation of a global movement of shared and equal ownership that has fairness and honesty at its heart.
“We want to ensure that young people continue to drive the Co-operative forward in the future and so we are on the look out for the next generation of pioneers to join The Co-operative Young Members’ Board, which will help to shape the future direction of all of our businesses from product innovation through to business development.”
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