Over half a million people in Myanmar have been displaced and are now homeless, starving and sick or injured in nearby Bangladesh. We’re asking our colleagues and members to support, and as a business we’re also diverting £50,000 to the appeal, for clean water projects

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Our Co-op has donated £50,000 to support our Fairtrade farmers affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria, this is in addition to the £50,000 we donated to Co-operatives UK emergency appeal, to fund development in the most in-need countries.

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Co-op has been at the forefront of Fairtrade for twenty years and it’s been amazing to see how Fairtrade has grown into a worldwide movement in such a short time. Sales continue to grow and Co-op is proud of the role we have played. Our list of accomplishments over the years goes on and on […]

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 […]

On 13 April 2017, Lidl claimed to be the first retailer to go 100% sustainable with their cocoa. A claim we made ahead of Fairtrade Fortnight, in February. The following letter has been sent as clarification to the Times. We applaud Lidl’s move to only source 100% sustainable cocoa in their products. The Co-op led the way […]

If we’re lucky enough to see some sun this bank holiday weekend, I’m sure many of you will be firing up the barbecue. But I bet there are very few who give a thought to the charcoal you pick up to provide your al fresco feast. Having recently returned from Namibia, I will be giving […]