In 1844, a revolution began. This revolution was called The Co-operative.
It began in Rochdale, where a group of everyday people founded a new kind of business. A business based on democratic principles, owned by its customers and reinvesting in the community it served. 168 years on, we’ve grown to become a part of daily life, with over 5,000 stores and branches across the UK.
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.
Over the following pages you’ll read about:
- Our updated Plan, the achievements we’ve made and key targets for the future
- The personal revolutions that have brought our Ethical Plan to life over the past year.
- The many ways you can get involved with our Plan and how you can make a real different in your community