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Sustainability and Future of Food

We recognise the importance of championing a better way of doing business and doing the right thing by both people and the planet. To do this, we take a collaborative approach with our customers, members, suppliers and partners. You can find out more about our recipe for sustainability in our Future of Food ambition below.

Responsible Retailing: 30 Years On

In 1994, Co-op undertook first-of-its-kind research, asking tens of thousands of UK shoppers for their views on the ethics of the food industry. The message was clear: consumers couldn’t count on the food industry to give them the full facts about the goods they were buying. They believed they had the right to know how products were made, what was in them, and their impact on people and the environment.

Now, 30 years on, the Co-op’s Responsible Retailing Report identifies the challenges consumers face when purchasing and consuming food, their household motivations to be more sustainable, and where they want to see the food industry go next.

[Download Responsible Retailing Report]

Food firsts

We’ve always led the way on the food issues that matter the most to our customers and members such as being the first UK supermarket to sell Fairtrade products and making all our fresh and frozen meat 100% British. Download a fun list of a few of the things we’ve achieved – with plenty more to come.

Download the PDF infographic

Future of Food

We have so much to be proud of - so take a look at our Future of Food 2020 update for our highlights. Read our Future of Food policy and Future of Food 1 year on to find out exactly what we’re planning to do from now until 2030 to meet the challenges we all face.