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; […]

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, […]

At the Co-op we’re different because we’re owned by our members. That’s why each year if you’ve spent over £250 or more in our Food stores or purchased a product from one of our other businesses we’ll ask you to have a say and take part in our Annual General Meeting (or AGM for short.) […]