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GCA investigation into Co-operative Group Limited – progress towards following GCA recommendations

Groceries Code Adjudicator

January 15
16:00 2020

GCA investigation into Co-operative Group Limited progress towards following GCA recommendations (PDF, 192KB, 2 pages)

Requirements of Co-operative Group Limited to enable me to monitor its compliance with my recommendations (paragraph 59 of the report of my investigation) GCA view as of 9 December 2019
I required Co-operative Group Limited (Co-op) to provide a detailed implementation plan within four weeks of the publication of the report of my investigation setting out how it would comply with my recommendations. I consider that Co-op has met this requirement.
I required a response from Co-op to the recommendations on a quarterly basis. I moved monitoring of Co-op compliance with my recommendations to business as usual.
Recommendations
Recommendation 1: Co-op must have adequate governance to oversee and manage its compliance with the Code. I consider that Co-op has an appropriate approach to following this recommendation.
Recommendation 2: Co-op legal, compliance and audit functions must have sufficient co-ordinated oversight of Co-op systems to ensure Code compliance. I consider that Co-op has an appropriate approach to following this recommendation.
Recommendation 3: Co-op IT systems must support Code compliance. I consider that Co-op has an appropriate approach to following this recommendation.
Recommendation 4: Co-op must adequately train on the Code all employees who make decisions which affect a Suppliers commercial arrangements with Co-op. I consider that Co-op has an appropriate approach to following this recommendation.
Recommendation 5: Co-op must in any potential De-listing situation communicate with affected Suppliers to enable Co-op to decide what is a significant reduction in volume and reasonable notice. I consider that Co-op has an appropriate appr

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