We are the largest independent retailer operating in the East of England. We provide food stores and specialist services such as funerals, security, travel agents and petrol ﬁlling stations to communities across Essex, Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire. With a signiﬁcant property investment portfolio and other businesses, such as events and conference facilities and stonemasonry, we are a diverse and modern business. As a co-operative business, we’re run differently to other big organisations as we are owned by our members who have a say in how we are run rather than by investors. As with any commercial organisation, financial metrics are important, but we also place huge importance on how we do business. This is in terms of how we support the local communities we operate in, how we work with local suppliers and being a responsible employer.
Our Gender Pay Gap reporting shows that our key focus needs to be on reducing the mean pay difference between men and women and this relates to the high proportion of male employees in our most senior and highest paid roles. We have made a modest improvement within 2 years, but significant progress still needs to be made. We are realistic that it will take a series of long-term actions to realise that significant change, but we are committed to improving our gender pay gap and attracting and progressing people from diverse backgrounds throughout our Society.
I confirm the information and data reported is accurate as at the snapshot date of 5 April 2019.
John Hawkins, Chair – Remuneration & Search Committee
East of England Co-operative Society Ltd.