The Co-op Way 2018


We work to minimise our impact on the world; reducing our greenhouse gas emissions, waste from our operations, and the impacts from the products we sell.


reduction in our direct greenhouse gas emissions since 2017


of our own-brand products with 'easy to recycle' packaging


reduction in food waste since 2017

Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions

We are aiming to reduce both our direct and indirect emissions, in line with the reductions needed to keep global warming to below 2°C. This is a threshold for some of the most dangerous impacts of climate change.

Reducing waste

To prevent food waste we’ve put new processes and data systems in place so we can track waste more accurately, record our food waste in detail and forecast and manage our stock to make sure we don’t have too much.

When food’s about to go past its ‘use by’ or ‘best before’ date, we’ve got a new system to reduce the price - making sure it gets sold and eaten is always better than binning it.

We’ve rolled out Co-op Food Share to donate unsold food to local causes across the country.

If we get incorrect deliveries to our depots, we donate what our stores can’t use straight to FareShare who distribute to local charities.

Finally, if we can’t avoid excess food, sell it, or donate it to a charity or cause, then we use it to make green energy.

Packaging recyclability

We have ambitious commitments and a detailed Action on Plastics Plan. Our long term target is for all our own-brand packaging to be ‘easy to recycle’ by 2023 and 80% (by product line) to be ‘easy to recycle’ by 2020. Find out more.