Our achievements

We are proud that our achievements and workplace culture have been recognised by others.

Working at Wales Co-operative Centre is more than just a job. You’ll be joining a group of individuals who really care about what they do.

As a not for profit organisation we do not work to line the pockets of shareholders, any surplus is re-invested back into the business and goes towards meeting our social objectives.

Here are some other things that we’re proud of:

Diversity

Diverse teams do the best work, and people are our most important asset, so at the Centre we don’t just accept diversity—we promote it and support it for the benefit of our employees, our clients, and our community. We actively encourage job applications from anyone who has the right skills for the role.

We work within open plan offices, senior managers are subject to no more favourable treatment than the rest of our staff. We have a flat hierarchical structure which we believe offers opportunity for all.

Our staff are representative of the third sector in terms of gender, 50% of our senior management team are female, along with 45.5% of our Board.

Disability Confident

We have achieved the disability confident accreditation – this means we are taking a role in changing attitudes towards disabled people and those with life long health conditions for the better.

We are proud to be an equal opportunity workplace.

Living Wage

We are a living wage employer – committed to investing in our people and providing them with a fair days pay for a hard days work which in turn makes them happier and creates a more fair and sustainable Wales.

Investors in People

In 2017 we were recognised as a Investors in People GOLD standard employer, affirming that we look after our people, are high performing, celebrate success and develop our teams.

PQASSO

In 2018 we were re-accredited with PQASSO Level 2, and passed the award with flying colours! PQASSO is a performance evaluation system and quality mark for charitable organisations within the UK. Assessors remarked that

“It is rare to come across an organisation such as Wales Co-operative Centre, where ALL the personnel are committed to the aims and values and are well supported and happy in their roles.”

Green Dragon

We’re doing our bit to sustain the planet for future generations. We have achieved the environmental Green Dragon Level 2 Award across all of our offices. Administered by Groundwork Wales, this award shows we are taking action to understand, monitor and control our impact on the environment by complying with all environmental legislation, developing plans for controlling environmental risks and emergencies, ensuring our staff are aware of their roles and responsibilities and constantly striving to improve our performance by these measures.

Cyber Essentials

Cyber Essentials is a scheme designed by Government and Industry to protect organisations against the most common cyber threats, and also to protect the confidentiality, integrity and availability of data stored on devices which connect to the internet such as laptops, tablets, smartphones, servers etc.

We hold the Cyber Essentials (Plus) mark and are proud to demonstrate our commitment to cyber security.

IASME

IASME is a Governance standard based on international best practice which includes aspects such as physical security, staff awareness and data backup. It is recognised by the UK Government as the best cyber security standard for small companies.

We hold IASME accreditation which includes the Cyber Essentials assessment within it, and also includes an assessment against the requirements of the 2018 General Data Protection Regulations