Suma Wholefoods Co-operative
The client and background
Suma is a workers’ co-op, a business owned and run by the nearly 200 people who work there. It is the largest equal pay worker co-op in Europe. Suma recently introduced a new Member Council to their governance structure with the role of scrutinising the Board and representing membership issues.
What we did and the impact
CfGS was asked to provide training and development for members of the Member Council to support them in their scrutiny and representation role. It was agreed that Board members would also receive support to appreciate how the scrutiny function works and how best they work collaboratively with it.
To inform the development of the training, CfGS carried out interviews with the Member Council and Board members. The outcome of this was a proposal to run separate workshops with the board and member council, and a final joint workshop to create a joint action plan.
CfGS was able to design a bespoke approach to support Suma which reflected its co-operative values and the progress already made in embedding the Member Council. The outcome was a practical action plan encompassing including strategic, operational and cultural changes.