Sustainability reporting

Showing how we do business responsibly

We have a long history of taking the lead on the issues that matter most to our members, from being one of the first businesses recognising the need to tackle climate change, to our many ‘Fairtrade firsts’, and our campaigning for social justice. Co-operative values and principles are as relevant today as they were when we were founded in 1844 and they’ve been at the heart of our thinking about the challenges that our Co-op and society as a whole face today. Our vision: ‘co-operating for a fairer world’, supports our planning for a successful and sustainable Co-op that maximises the value we generate for members, communities and other stakeholders:

Our purpose is championing a better way of doing business for you and your communities

Our vision is co-operating for a fairer world

It’s important to our members that their business is run in an ethical and sustainable manner. For over a decade we’ve been committed to providing members with a comprehensive report on our ethics and sustainability performance to help them understand how we’re doing on the issues that matter to them.

Reporting you can trust

Our full Sustainability Report is externally assured, which means it’s independently checked. Our Report has been prepared in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative’s Standards: Core option, see our GRI index here.

Our Basis of Reporting explains the methodology we use to collect and calculate the data we report on and measure progress against our targets.

We also have an archive of Sustainability Reports from previous years.

Covid 19 message

As we were in the final stages of preparing our 2019 Report it became clear that the COVID-19 pandemic was having a significant impact on both our business and community activity. We’ve been responding to the crisis to make sure our colleagues, members and customers are supported. You can see more on our response here