Our Ethical Plan

In 2011, we launched our groundbreaking new Plan with one clear goal: to be the most socially responsible business in the UK.

We revise the plan every year to ensure that it remains cutting edge.

Read all of our Ethical Plan targets or download Our Ethical Plan.

Read on to hear about the initiatives behind our Plan and the ways to get involved.

Our Ethical Plan (2013-2015) - download pdf
Keeping communities thriving

Keeping communities thriving

We’re investing millions in communities across the UK. We support 12,000 community initiatives a year – that’s one every hour of every day – helping people change their world for the better.

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Protecting the environment

Protecting the environment

From setting ourselves the toughest carbon reduction targets to supporting a Clean Energy Revolution, reducing our waste and packaging to nature conservation, we're committed to protecting the environment.

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Supporting co-operatives

Supporting co-operatives

We’re doing more than ever to promote the positive work co-operatives can do, as well as helping new and existing co-operatives in the UK and across the world.

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Inspiring Young People

Inspiring Young People

Inspiring young people are working together to change their world for the better. By challenging negative perceptions, volunteering and becoming green pioneers, our programme will benefit one million young people.

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Tackling Global Poverty

Tackling global poverty

We strive for a fairer world where basic human needs are met and rights are respected. Our continued commitment to Fairtrade in the UK and broader tackling global poverty benefits hundreds of thousands of people each year.

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Responsible retailing

Responsible retailing

We are a responsible retailer and we want to ensure that everyone, no matter where they live, or how much money they have, can access healthy food and products that don’t compromise on animal welfare.

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Democratic control

Democratic control

We're the largest consumer co-operative in the UK. We are owned and democratically controlled by our 7 million members, ordinary people who all have the opportunity to have a say in our business and share in our profits.

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Responsible finance

Responsible finance

The Co-operative Bank doesn’t lend its customers’ money to businesses that conflict with their ethics. Instead it’s used to fund initiatives they do support.

The Co-operative Bank
Get involved

Get involved

From campaigning to help save pollinators or supporting a Clean Energy Revolution, to becoming a member and supporting Fairtrade, there are lots of ways to get involved and take action.

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