Our Ten-Point Climate Plan
It cannot be overstated: climate change is real and life-threatening. The science is clear and indisputable. Climate is already affecting the foods we all rely on and the people who produce them. In successive years our members have voted for us to formally recognise the climate emergency then accelerate our response. This ten-point plan sets out how we intend to do so.
A word from Jo Whitfield, Chief Executive, Co-op Food
“We are facing monumental climate change. We must recognise that we are in part responsible and that we have to do more and quicker. Let's be bold and take collective action to tackle climate change.”
Our Ten-Point Climate Plan
We will be a Net Zero business by 2040, for our operations and our products.
By 2025 we will reduce the impact of our operations by 50% and our products by 11%.
We will take clear, practical steps to reduce carbon from running our business and the products we sell.
Our operations will be carbon neutral from 2021 and own brand products by 2025.
We will support our customers and members to make lower carbon choices.
This includes carbon offsets and aligning pension funds to low carbon investments.
We will support our producers (including Fairtrade) to adapt to climate change realities and to become more climate resilient.
We will lobby and advocate with Government to press for the necessary systemic change.
We will actively work together across sectors, sharing plans and solutions, seeking to align rather than compete.
The pay of our Food CEO will be linked to achieving our carbon reduction targets.
Together we can make a difference to climate change
We all hope world leaders agree to tackle climate change at the upcoming COP26 event. Let’s use the power of community now to make a difference. Co-op26 is the climate event for everyone. Find out how you can get involved through our partnership with Count Us In and pledge to take practical steps such as writing to an MP or eating more plants or reducing your food waste. Because what you do counts.
Climate justice for people and planet
We campaign for climate justice to advocate for our global communities on the front line of the climate crisis. To find out more, please read our Climate Justice for People and Planet report below.
Our latest highlights
We don’t think plant-based foods should cost more than non-vegan food. Learn how we’re reducing the price of our GRO range to match that of our meat and dairy-based counterparts.
More of what we do
From supporting Fairtrade to sourcing British produce, discover our fair and sensible approach to our suppliers around the world.
Share our commitment to the environment and how we work to carefully source ingredients, reduce waste and be more energy efficient.
Understand what community and the power of local people means to Co-op and how you can make a difference.