Co-op is a consumer-owned co-operative running an ethically responsible business and has been built on values of clear social purpose and doing the right thing. Our Vision today is a continuation of this: to use the power of co-operation to create a fairer world.
We have long recognised the scale of the climate crisis that we’re facing and have acted appropriately, as well as reducing our own emissions we have previously lead the campaign for the UK to take a lead on community renewable schemes.
We have recently announced that we will be the first supermarket to only sell carbon neutral own brand food and drink by 2025. This is a world-first move by a major supermarket and is part of our ambitious ten-point climate plan to achieve net zero carbon emission by 2040 – ten years ahead of the government’s own ambition.
From products and packaging to power and pension fund investments, our comprehensive plan details how we will reduce the direct and indirect impacts of all the food and drink we sell and our wider operations. The plan sets out targets, aligned to the Science-based Targets Initiative, to cap global temperature increases and meet the goals of the Paris Agreement. We’ve also launched our Climate Justice campaign for a fair transition for people and communities around the world. As part of this we’ve called on the UK Government to be bold in demonstrating world class leadership to tackle the climate crisis, and to set a bold level of ambition at COP-26.