MaD Theatre Company was one of the many causes to receive a share. Rob shares his experience of being part of our fund. As a small charity we’re always on the lookout for funding opportunities to help with the work we do with the North Manchester community. I discovered the Local Community Fund last year […]

I want to give you an update on our approach to advertising. In particular how we’re addressing the concerns some of our members have raised with us about the Daily Mail, the Daily Express and the Sun. At our AGM in May we held a fringe event to debate the issue with members. Taking part were our […]

I spent last night sharing a stage in Hamburg with Coldplay, Shakira, Pharrell Williams and Ellie Goulding. Thankfully for the 9,000 young social campaigners at the Global Citizen music festival, I wasn’t doing any singing. My role was to represent the Co-op and to call on our fellow retailers and bottled water producers to join […]

On Thursday, I travelled to the magnificent Senedd in sunny Cardiff, the National Assembly of Wales. The Co-op was invited, alongside the British Red Cross in Wales, to give evidence to the Assembly’s Committee on Health, Social Care and Sport. The Committee, made up of elected Assembly Members, are holding an inquiry into how Wales […]

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 […]

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; […]