Under Steve’s leadership at Co-op Group, gender diversity in senior hires has increased from 33% women in 2017 to 56% women in 2020. The executive team recruited by Steve has women leading two of the biggest business areas as well as the roles of Chief Finance Officer, Chief People Officer, and Group Secretary and Legal Counsel. Steve has developed a strong D&I agenda at the organization with aims for increasing inclusion and representation at all levels of the businesses. Since the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Steve became the first major UK business leader to call for an increased commitment for tracking racism in the workplace and commissioned new work within the Co-op Group to address their own issues of cultural and institutional discrimination.
The CEO at Co-op, Jo champions women’s inclusion and gender diversity through colleague networks. Jo served as the Aspire Executive sponsor which is a community of colleagues who believe that all women in Co-op have a right to equality. Recently she has become the new Respect Executive sponsor which support LGBT+ workers at the Co-op. Jo founded the Grocery Girls Network, a trailblazing initiative bringing women together to share experiences, career journeys and inspiration. Jo serves as the Ambassador of Girls Out Loud, a non-profit organization focusing on developing young female talent. Moreover, Jo is the member of Women’s Business and Manchester International Festival. In 2019, Jo was awarded Veuve Clicquot Business Women of the Year award.