Dame Pauline Green has been part of the Cooperative Movement for the past 35 years from its youth movement to being its advocate on European affairs to the European Parliament as a cooperative Member of Parliament. She was Chief Executive and General Secretary of Co-operatives UK, a position she held from 2000 to October 2009.

She previously served as Co-President of Cooperatives Europe and ICA Vice-President for Europe. Dame Pauline has played an active role in the international cooperative movement particularly in Cooperatives Europe and strongly supported the restructuring process of the ICA.