What was the nature of their innovation and how did it contribute to humankind? Currently Secretary General of Co-operatives UK. Former director of the New Economics Foundation (NEF) looking at ethical market activity, local economies and public service reform. NEF also co-ordinated the Jubilee 2000 campaign. He is on the board of AccountAbility, War on Want and the Fairtrade Foundation.
For details of future plans see https://neweconomics.org/uploads/files/co-ops-unleashed.pdf
An inspiring leader, not just in the UK, but globally.
Ed is a person whose feet are planted firmly on the ground and yet his dreams are as big as they can be. We need more of this - people who can see plainly what 'is' and are utterly single minded in pursuit of what 'could be'.
The intention is to highlight the role of co-operatives in the economy of the UK and Europe. In 2017 there were around 6,000 co-operatives in the UK , with 13.6 million members and just over 226,000 employees. Their combined turnover of around £35 billion. The five largest co‑operatives paid 50% more corporate tax than Amazon, Facebook, Apple, eBay and Starbucks combined. Germany has a co-operative sector four times the size of the UK’s as a proportion of GDP and France six times.
Ed Mayo is to co-ops what John Bercow is to back benchers in the UK Parliament; standing up for all co-ops, large and small. Long may it continue.
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