2016 Co-op Way Report

2016 Co-op Way Report

Our ethics and sustainability performance

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 8:00am

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The Co-op is one of the world’s largest consumer co-operatives, with over 4 million active members. Its purpose is ‘Championing a better way of doing business for you and your communities’.

Today the Co-op announces the launch of its latest sustainability report, available as a summary Overview and also a more detailed Performance Data section. With a focus on how the 'Co- op Way' is a better way of doing business, the Report details progress and performance across nine key priorities. 

Highlights include:

  1. Business ethics and behaviour - Fair Tax Max awarded for openness and honesty on tax
  2. Community - £9m donated to local community causes in the UK
  3. Ethical trade and human rights - a unique commitment to source 100% Fairtrade cocoa across all co-op brand products, and a campaign to support victims of modern slavery
  4. Healthy living - a campaign to tackle loneliness in partnership with the British Red Cross, with over £5.5m raised to date to help do this
  5. Food and farming - unlike any major supermarket, Co-op brand fresh meat is 100% British
  6. Environment and resource use - 99% of the Co-op’s electricity is from renewables and they’ve achieved a 46% reduction in direct GHG emissions since 2006
  7. Colleague wellbeing - colleague engagement score (78%) is higher than a benchmark of other retailers (73%)
  8. Diversity and inclusion - Stonewall’s Workplace Equality Index ranks the Co-op 31st in its index of Britain’s top 100 employers actively encouraging gay-friendly places to work
  9. Health and safety - setting a clear strategic direction for safety management across the Co-op, with a fall in the number of serious, reportable accidents

The Report is independently assured and is in accordance with GRI G4 (core). For the first time the Co-op also report against the Sustainable Development Goals.

Media Contact:
Chris Sonne
Press and Media Manager
Mobile: 07770 544 721

Read the Report