The Co-op Way 2018


We continue to campaign for social justice in our members' communities, as we have since we were founded.


local causes we've funded responding to loneliness and promoting social inclusion

£6.6 million

raised to tackle loneliness, in partnership with the British Red Cross


7,029 people experiencing loneliness have received support through our British Red Cross Community Connector services.

The UK Government announced the appointment of a minister with responsibility for loneliness and published a strategy to tackle loneliness across all ages. We co-chair the Loneliness Action Group and secretariat the All Party Parliamentary Group on Loneliness to engage with parliamentarians on the issue.

Read more about our campaign against loneliness.


In December 2018 our National Members’ Council approved ‘Safer Colleagues Safer Communities’

Download: Safer Colleagues Safer Communities (PDF, 16 pages, 1.2MB)

We supported Usdaw’s ‘Respect for Shop Workers’ week, hosting 48 Parliamentarians in our Co-op Food stores, helping them to understand the issues our colleagues face.

We’re supporting amendments to the Offensive Weapons Bill.

Our new incident management system ‘MySafety’, has been launched across the business to make it easier for our colleagues to report health and safety incidents and near misses.

Modern Slavery

For the past 2 years we have been raising awareness of modern slavery, and campaigning for better support for victims.

In 2018 we created new work placements for victims of modern slavery within the Co-op and with our new Bright Future Business Partners. We also supported other businesses and charities to join us in this programme – 42 organisations are now co-operating to support victims into work throughout the UK.

We joined the ‘Free for Good’ coalition to support Lord McColl’s ‘Modern Slavery (Victim Support) Bill’ to increase government support for victims. We also partnered with Global Citizen to help gain support for the Bill and organised a Parliamentary Roundtable to bring businesses together to discuss support for survivors.

Read our Modern Slavery statement.