2015 sustainability report

Ethical leadership.

Every year, we publish details of how we’ve performed on a range of ethics and sustainability issues.

Our latest reporting sets out our progress during 2015.

We’ve also broken down the full report in to 7 sections, in case there’s a particular bit you’re interested in:

2. Ethical trade and human rights


We’re the largest global convenience seller of Fairtrade products.


Fairtrade premium was received by our Fairtrade producer communities (2014: £2.6m).


participants from 530 supplier sites attended our supplier events in Europe and Africa that raised awareness, provided guidance and shared best practice on labour issues (2014: 494 participants; 369 sites).

3. Community and society


of the value of Co-op brand products or services that members buy will go to a local cause, as part of our new membership offer.


We sponsor 8 academy schools in Manchester, Leeds and Stoke-on-Trent.


colleagues and members voted, and helped decide on our charity partnership with the British Red Cross to respond to the hidden epidemic of loneliness in our communities.

4. Environment and resource use


We’ve reduced our total direct greenhouse gas emissions by 43% since 2006, and are aiming for a 50% reduction by 2020.


We sourced 99% of our electricity from renewables (2014: 98%).


of our waste was reused or recycled (2014: 95%).

5. Business ethics and behaviour

Fair tax mark

We were awarded the fair tax mark in November 2015, and were reaccredited in 2016.

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We report on our public policy engagement – instances where we have raised or supported a point of difference relating to one of our material sustainability issues.

6. Our people


of Co-op staff are members (2014: 92%).


pay rise for our frontline colleagues in Food, above the initial level set by the government’s national living wage.


Members voted in our 2016 annual general meeting (AGM) and elections (2015 AGM and elections: 90,000).

7. Ethics and sustainability management

We set 54 targets for 2015, of which we achieved or are on track to achieve 47

Reporting you can trust

Our sustainability performance, both in our annual and our sustainability reporting, is independently assured. You'll find the details in the following downloads.

There's an archive of sustainability reports from previous years.