Our sustainability reporting sets out how we are addressing the key sustainability issues for our business. We are making solid progress in certain areas despite challenges faced across our businesses.
• £8.1m worth of support provided to community activities across the UK (2013: £14.8m), for example through fundraising as well as via The Co-operative Foundation.
• £2.6m Fairtrade premium (2013: £3.1m) received by producers as a result of Fairtrade sales in our stores.
• 126,000 people (2013: 50,000) with access to clean water as a result of money raised from sales of Fairbourne Springs bottled water.
• 9% reduction in energy consumption in 2014; and we continue to source 98% of our electricity from renewables (2013: 98%).
• 95% of our waste is resused or recycled (2013: 74%). Significant improvements over the last two years have largely been due to removing waste collections from stores and collecting from depots instead.
• 30,000 employees and member-customers engaged to identify issues that matter to them and their communities, to help us develop our new Charity Partnership, and get us back on the front foot with our campaigning.
• 2,000 farmers supported across the UK and we have dedicated long term relationships with over 400 carefully selected farmers, collectively know as The Co-operative Farming Groups.
• Over 10 years of open and honest sustainability reporting, and we remain committed to managing our sustainability impacts to position ourselves amongst the leading businesses for our sustainability performance.
We are taking an interim approach to sustainability reporting this year. A summary of performance is available within our Annual Report; and further detail will be available in a Data Centre, to be launched in the summer.
Read the 2014 Sustainability Review (p. 23-29 of the Strategic report, 181 KB pd download) from The Co-operative Group's Annual Report.