Corporate Social Responsibility
We are committed to operating as a socially responsible business by:
- Demonstrating regard for the environment
- Supporting community groups and projects
- Adopting high ethical principles
- Developing relationships with key stakeholders which are mutually beneficial
- Endeavouring to contribute to sustainable communities.
Higher Welfare Standards
We have, for many years, sought to improve the welfare of animals and fish farmed for our own brand. We look to tackle those products that are sourced from animals reared under the most intensive systems, chicken, pork and turkey. In these large-scale, indoor rearing systems the animals can be denied the freedom to engage in natural behaviour and often suffer other welfare issues.
In recognition of this concern we developed a higher welfare standard over and above the present legal benchmark for our fresh chicken, pork and turkey. In 2007 we replaced standard fresh whole chickens with chickens reared to our higher welfare standard, and over time have rolled this out to all fresh chicken, turkey and pork.
We're commited to making a world of difference.
We've been supporting Fairtrade since the introduction of the 'Fairtrade mark' in 1994.
The Co-operative was the first UK supermarket to sell Fairtrade bananas and first to sell them in all of its stores. Today, all of our bananas are Fairtrade.
We have the only 100% Fairtrade own brand chocolate bar range available. The cocoa beans we use are sourced from Ghana, Peru and the Dominican Republic. Giving our chocolate the rich authentic taste.
Our sugar has been 100% Fairtrade since 2008 and was the very first Fairtrade sugar from Malawi. Much like the major stockists of sugar, Tate & Lyle, we have been supporting farmers from Belize.
We also have our own 100% Fairtrade tea and coffee. Through the Co-operative development we have been delivering additional support to small holders in Kenya. Our coffee is the best from farmers in Colombia, Guatemala and Ethiopia.
Our Fairtrade own-brand wines were launched in 2001 and we now boast the widest range of Fairtrade wines. Closely following the wines release was our Fairtrade chocolate in 2002. Since then a number of other Fairtrade products have been launched which help to support community products.