Modern slavery statement

Reporting on our work to tackle modern slavery.

Steve Murrells, Co-op Group CEO

“There’s a human cost to putting profits ahead of people, and modern slavery is one of the most glaring and outrageous examples of that cost. Lives are ruined and futures are lost through the exploitation of people’s labour. There is no place for these callous shortcuts at the Co-op. We’re a business owned by people for people. As a business founded on ethical responsibility, tackling this blight on global commerce is of huge concern to us”

Modern slavery statement

At Co-op we have a long-standing commitment to protecting human rights in the UK and overseas. We welcomed the introduction of the Modern Slavery Act in 2015 and are committed to providing an open and honest account of what we’re doing to prevent modern slavery in our supply chains and business. Read more about our approach to ethical trading, and how we work to tackle modern slavery in our food supply chains.

Our modern slavery and human trafficking statement explains what we did during our 2020 financial year to prevent modern slavery taking place in our business and supply chains. It also includes a summary of how we did against our 2019 targets.

Modern slavery campaigning

We have a long history of addressing social injustice and supporting workers' rights. At our 2017 AGM, our members voted overwhelmingly in support of us campaigning on modern slavery and better victim support.

Since 2016, we’ve been raising awareness and campaigning for better support for victims of modern slavery. We also 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. In 2020, Bright Future became an independent co-operative in its own right, with Co-op as one of the 9 founding members.

Raising awareness of modern slavery

We continue to raise awareness of modern slavery, providing resources to help spot the signs of modern slavery and signposting to the Modern Slavery Helpline.