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 […]

This year we’re celebrating the #GoodEggs in our lives, from the neighbour who mows your lawn, to a colleague who makes the best brews, you can make them smile, with a sweet treat or a kind word. But there’s even more to the Co-op Easter range than #GoodEggs or the 1% that each one puts back […]

Some of you might know me as one of the Co-op’s Member Nominated Directors (MNDs) elected at our AGM in 2015. What you might not know is that in my previous life I was Chief Executive of Traidcraft, and President of the European Fair Trade Association. Traidcraft is one of the original pioneers of Fairtrade […]

In a first for UK retailers, from May 2017, all the cocoa we buy for our Co-op own brand products will be Fairtrade. It means that when you pick up a Co-op chocolate cake or a packet of biscuits you will know that the cocoa has been bought on Fairtrade terms. This is in addition to […]