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It is two years since the Co-operative Group announced its new purpose: “Championing a better way of doing business for you and your communities”. Now the Group is in its rebuild phase, David Smith reviews what we mean by self-help, and raises questions about localism and social justice. Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) policies enable businesses to monitor and ensure compliance with legal and ethical standards. Companies can use CSR in contexts such as environment, individual need and community. The danger of a general, scattergun approach is that it generates a feel-good factor without achieving meaningful impact. For a co-operative, it […]
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One of our oldest members, Hilda Smith, a leading UK co-operator and Welsh campaigner for frail older people, died on 27 March, aged 94. She was a strong woman from Burnley, Lancashire, who constantly fought for the things that she believed in and who valued co-operation as a practical form of socialism. Hilda tirelessly campaigned on behalf of frail and vulnerable people, for a salaried and a democratic health service. The key issue for Hilda was putting users/ citizens at the heart of policy-making, and in the evaluation of services. She was involved in campaigns covering abortion law reform, family […]
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