Our Bright Future programme

Offering employment to survivors of modern slavery.

In April 2017 we launched our Bright Future programme, which offers the opportunity of a paid work placement and a job in our food business to those who have been rescued from modern slavery.

Developed with our partner City Hearts, Bright Future is a new approach and is the first time a major UK business has offered work placements to survivors of modern slavery.

Our goal is to offer at least 30 people this opportunity within the programme’s first year. We report on our progress in our annual modern slavery statement.

The people we’re working with have been through terrible ordeals and we want to make sure that what we’re doing is right for them and makes a difference to their lives. But it also needs to be sustainable.

That’s why we’re asking other businesses to get involved and roll out Bright Future in their businesses.

Progress so far

In October 2017, we commissioned the University of Liverpool to carry our an independent interim review of Bright Future to help us understand what’s working well, what we could do better, and where our opportunities were for the future. We published the review in November 2017.

You can read the interim review here.

In January 2019, we commissioned a further review from the University of Liverpool to look at Bright Future from January 2018 to May 2019. We asked the review team to assess Bright Future and its’ effectiveness and also to advise us on how Bright Future could become independent of the Co-op in a sustainable way. We published this review on 20 June 2019.

You can read the review here.

You can read more about our progress and future plans in our latest modern slavery statement.