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 […]

We have just celebrated our 10th anniversary of our partnership with the One Foundation. We donate 3p for every litre of our Fairbourne Springs water sold, to fund clean, safe water projects in Africa. It’s the only charitable partnership of an own label water in the UK. To mark this special anniversary, we’re extending our 3p per litre […]

First of all a very Happy New Year and a special thank you to the many colleagues who worked through the holiday season. Steve Murrells will update us on trading next week but I can tell you now that all your hard work paid off – our Co-op had a great Christmas and New Year. […]

Rachel Machin finds out how Paul Gerrard, Group Policy Director, is working closely with the Member Council to bring the “ethical heart” back to our business. Five minutes into my conversation with Paul Gerrard and we’ve already hot-footed around subjects as diverse as nuns, medieval history, the Civil Service, and the fact he’s a “complete softie,” […]

In November 2015, we launched the #GrowingStories campaign with the aim of connecting Co-op members and customers with our Fairtrade producers across the world. Every time that producers, members and customers engaged with each other online using the #GrowingStories hashtag we added £1 into our Producer Fund, which aimed to raise £25,000 to support a […]

Over the past 30 years the Co-op have pioneered changes to Food Policy. In fact we have introduced a new way of doing business every year for the past 30 years and have encouraged other retailers to follow suit. Wherever possible, we make bold ethical decisions and lead the way. Where we can’t, we make […]

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I’m Paul and I work on how The Co-op delivers on its promise to champion a better way of doing business, through ethics and sustainability. I’m currently looking at a series of ethical issues like, human rights, food and farming, the environment and resource use; all to help clearly define Co-op’s position on key issues […]