2014 Sustainability Performance

2014 Sustainability Performance

The following pages provide a review of our 2014 sustainability performance. We are committed to reporting transparently on how we’ve been addressing the key sustainability issues for our business, as we have for over a decade now.

Strategy and management

During 2014, we launched our new Purpose and a three-stage strategy to begin to deliver this: to Rescue, Rebuild and Renew the Co-operative Group.

Read more about our strategy and management

Community and society

Concern for community is enshrined in our co-operative principles. In line with our new Purpose, we aim to support and strengthen the UK communities in which we trade, as well as communities overseas.

Read more about community and society

Products and services

We have both a responsibility and an opportunity to have a positive impact through the products we sell and services we provide. Our focus ranges from championing Fairtrade, to ensuring healthy products are available to customers across a range of budgets.

Read more about our products and services

Environmental impact

We are working to protect the natural resources that our business and wider society depend on, not least by addressing our climate change impacts, taking a sustainable approach to waste management and minimising our use of resources across the business.

Read more about our environmental impact


As a purpose-led business, our members, customers, colleagues and suppliers are central to all that we do and are key to our success. Member involvement sets co-operatives apart from other businesses, and going forward, renewed engagement with our Members will be a priority.

Read more about our people

Our reporting

For 2014, our reporting consists of this Data Centre and a Sustainability Review in our Annual Report. In light of recent change within our business, we are undertaking a review of our sustainability priorities and approach and as part of this, we are taking an interim approach to our sustainability reporting this year.

Read our GRI index

View our 2014 highlights Read the Co-operative Group Annual Report 2014