The Channel Islands Co-operative Society was named Employer of the Year at the Awards for Achievement 2012.
The Employer of the Year was awarded to the Society for its holistic approach to HR, engagement, training and skills, which has enabled its employees to fulfil their potential with measurable benefits to the business and the Bailiwick.
In the past year the Society, which is entirely locally owned, has expanded with the opening of St Andrew’s En Route and a Locale at Royal Terrace in Town.
Chief Executive of The Channel Islands Co-operative Society Colin Macleod said the achievement was recognition of all the Society’s employees.
‘We are delighted to have won Employer of the Year at the Awards for Achievement and we congratulate all the winners on the night and all those who were shortlisted,’ he said.
‘The Channel Islands Co-operative Society’s brand and values are at the heart of our success. Our employees are key as they are the ones who look after our customers every day. Without our employees’ commitment to, and enthusiasm for everything that encompasses being a local, responsible retailer, we would not be able to achieve what we have today.’
The Society has devised a talent pool scheme to highlight the future leaders of the business and provide leadership programmes so there is a clear pathway for progression. Recognition also features highly with an annual award ceremony celebrating business and community initiatives carried out by employees and led to winners appearing in the new Channel Islands Co-operative charity TV advert.
The last 12 months not only saw an overall increase in sales performance, it also provided some impressive statistics
highlighting lower than average staff turnover figures and over 30 internal promotions.
‘The Society abides by a set of ethical principles that ensure the company conducts itself in an honest and fair manner with its customers, suppliers, the local community and employees. We also believe in promoting from within where possible which nurtures engagement and development throughout our business.’ Mr Macleod concluded.