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Employee Engagement. Democratic Management and Business Success. Suma Wholefoods. Suma www.suma.coop. founded 1977 £25 million turnover 150 employees (120 members) unbroken growth 100% self-financed collective management no MD, no Chief Exec. Suma the brand.

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Democratic management and business success

Democratic ManagementandBusiness Success



Suma www suma coop
Suma www.suma.coop

  • founded 1977

  • £25 million turnover

  • 150 employees (120 members)

  • unbroken growth

  • 100% self-financed

  • collective management

  • no MD, no Chief Exec


Suma the brand
Suma the brand

Suma – UK market leading independent

Suma – the brand = reliable, ethical, healthy, vegetarian wholefoods

Suma – the supplier = best in the market for efficient distribution

Suma – the business = the most radical company, employer of choice

Suma – the coop = one big family


Our customers
Our Customers

  • Independent retailers

  • Community groups

  • Supermarkets

  • Schools, Hospitals, Prisons and institutions

  • Food manufacturers

  • Export

  • 2500 active accounts

  • 550 deliveries weekly - 99% successful


Suma principles
Suma principles

  • 100% employee owned and managed

  • Democratic decision making

  • Multi-skilling and job variety

  • Personal development within the coop

  • Ethical employer

  • Equal wage rates for all

  • Equal Opps / Profit from Diversity

  • Common Ownership


Unitary board
Unitary Board

shareholders (owners) AGM

CEO + Executive Directors (Controllers)

(non executive Directors)

Managers

Union

Operatives

Employees Agency Workers


Network governance
Network Governance

General Meetings of Members

Elected Management Committee (non executive Board)

Function Coordinators + Officers

Workers

(Members Contracted Employees Casuals)


Management by consensus
Management by Consensus

  • Open Book Management

  • Responsibility to communicate

  • Network communications.

  • Management is function not status

  • Collective good not private interest

  • Agreed rules and processes

  • Rights AND Responsibilities

  • Disempower the executive


Member rights responsibilities
Member Rights & Responsibilities

Rights to be heard, to be respected, to vote

Responsibilities

to take part, to develop self to take responsibilityto be cooperative to communicate, to listen to prioritise the common good



Tyranny of structurelessness
Tyranny of Structurelessness

  • Collectives – total democracy or tyranny of the individual veto

  • Lack of authority except personal

  • Individual interest dominant

  • Stop – go – stop management


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