Thanks to all of you who have already joined in to share with me your thoughts on ethical trade and human rights. I’ve heard some great stuff, so I’m now keenly anticipating your ideas about your Co-op and the environment.
At the Co-op we believe that it’s critical to do all we can to protect the environment and minimise the negative impacts our businesses have on it.
That means looking at the impacts of our products alongside our overall operations, and doing what we can to minimise the negative ones we have as a business and those that we pass on to our customers and generate from our suppliers.
We look to reduce our overall impacts in
- climate change
- waste and pollution
- natural resource use
Across the world, human activity is having more of an impact in these areas and it’s worth pointing out that food production is one of the biggest global drivers of climate change, responsible for 24% of greenhouse gas emissions. Food production also finds itself very much at the receiving end of climate change, as the flooding, heat waves and droughts brought about by more volatile weather patterns present ever-more challenging growing conditions for food production.
As a food business which impacts on and is impacted by climate change, we need to ensure that we are doing all we can to minimise our contribution to it.
I’m happy to hear your thoughts, comments and musings on all things environment, but if you need a starter for ten, then please tell me,
- Is this issue important to you?
- If it is, why? And if it isn’t, why?
- What would you want the Co-op to do?
- What could we do to help you manage your environmental impacts?
I’ll respond to the comments you post, so please do get involved.
Group Ethics Director