We’re proud to say that now, all bottled water does good from the Co-op. We’ve extended our commitment to tackling water poverty even further, by becoming the first pioneer partner of a new initiative called the Global Investment Fund for Water (GIFFW). GIFFW is a partnership with the bottled water sector to end water poverty. […]

25 years ago our members asked us to be pioneers and stock Cafedirect coffee, one of the world’s first Fairtrade products. Throughout the next decade, led by our members, we championed and campaigned to bring Fairtrade into the mainstream.  From the UK’s first Fairtrade bananas through to the first whole own brand category conversion to […]

We know that a lot of packaging goes un-recycled because of complexity that confuses consumers – complexity of collections, packaging materials, and recycling messages.  We want to make life easier for our customers and members and get people recycling more. We knew that we were part of the problem, but we needed to talk to […]

Today we’ve released our Co-op Way Report which reports on all the ways we demonstrate our Purpose – through our business, ethics, democracy, community, sustainability, and much more. Some of these things are unique to us – like helping victims of Modern Slavery back into work; giving £9 million to local causes through our Membership; […]

Our member wine has a name! The voting has now closed so we can reveal that our first member-designed wine will go by the name of PIONEER PINOT GRIGIO This is a lovely nod to our Co-op heritage, the wine’s Californian origin and to the unique, pioneering, way members are creating this product (more on […]

Our Co-op has a proud history of leading the way on ethical trade – it’s a proud tradition that we began with the Rochdale Pioneers and continues to the present day.  We’ve focused on preventing modern slavery in our supply chains and have campaigned for reporting by businesses of the steps they have taken to […]

I am absolutely delighted to be able to say that from today Co-op will be the only major UK food retailer to stock 100% British fresh meat – something no other major UK retailer can say.  And when I say 100%, I mean 100%. From our pork pies, to our tikka chicken masala ready meals, […]