Responsible sourcing

We work hard to make sure the ingredients we use in our products are sourced as sustainably as possible, protecting people and the planet. We’ve worked with stakeholders to identify our 30 key ingredients – allowing us to focus actions on those with the greatest sourcing risks.

Fisheries & Aquaculture

We will ensure all of our seafood products are sourced in a responsible way, which allows for a sustainable marine environment.


We work with Scottish salmon farmers through the Co-op Irresistible salmon farming group to provide RSPCA and Global GAP accredited Co-op Irresistible salmon.


All Co-op tuna is sourced from fisheries using the pole&line method and are working towards more sustainable fisheries through fisheries improvement projects.

Warm and cold water prawns

Co-op farmed warm water prawns are third party certified and sourced from South East Asia and Latin America. We are working with our suppliers to drive continuous improvement for environment and people in these supply chains. All Co-op cold water prawns are MSC certified.

White fish

All of our cod and haddock is sourced from sustainable MSC certified fisheries.


We will continue to work with our farming groups to reducing the environmental impacts of livestock, working to good animal welfare standards and continuous improvement.

Forest & Peatland

We take a restorative approach to the forests where our ingredients come from.

Wood, Paper & Pulp

We ensure that the wood and paper used in our products comes from a responsible source. 100% of the wood and paper used in products for Co-op Food is of known origin. 95% comes from Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) or recycled sources.

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We've been working on peat alternatives and reviewing our approach to this important resource.


We're developing our approach on these ingredients during 2020.

Field & Orchard

We work with producers to drive improvements in yield, soil quality, water management, crop utilisation and biodiversity.

Cruelty free

All Co-op branded cosmetics and household products, including cosmetics, toiletries and household cleaning products, are Leaping Bunny approved. To read more please click here.

Future of Food

Our Future of Food ambition looks at how we tackle sustainability challenges up to the year 2030. Everyone has a part to play because together, we can make a difference.

Sourcing and creating with care

All of our products will be created with respect for people and the planet and made with quality and sustainability at their heart. You should know where your food comes from and be able to make healthier and more sustainable choices.

Treating people fairly

People are at the heart of everything we do and those who make our food are facing uncertainty when it comes to the economy and the environment. That’s why we want a fair deal and resilient livelihood for everyone in our supply chain.

Learning and celebrating together

What people do at home and on the go has a major impact in the future of food. We’ll work with our members, customers and future generations to identify what matters most and how to drive change together and create sustainable solutions that work every day.

Latest updates

From launching Future of Food in 2018, we have made significant progress on our goals to 2030 - from how we source and create Co-op products, to how we treat people in our supply chains and work together with members and customers to make choices that are better for the planet easier.

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.