Co-op plants sustainable soy pledge

Co-op has taken steps aimed at cutting back de-forestation and the loss of native vegetation caused by ever expanding soy cultivation with a commitment to 100% sustainable soy, it has announced this week. The retailer has funded 100% RTRS* Credits for the soy in its products, and in its supply chain. The move is designed to protect the natural environment against the impact of increasing demand for the versatile crop, and to ensure that soy becomes sustainable and deforestation free in the long term. The Co-op has funded credits for…

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£10M raised by British shoppers to tackle water poverty

British shoppers are helping to tackle water poverty through a unique fundraising initiative, which has created a £10 million fund to provide clean water and sanitation. Almost 7,500 convenience stores, which are supplied by Co-op, are raising cash through water sales to fund life-saving projects in some of the world’s poorest communities. According to the United Nations, 844 million people do not have access to clean drinking water and more than 2.3 billion lack access to a basic, hygienic toilet. In the latest move, Nairobi’s poorest families, who are falling…

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British businesses lead the world helping slavery survivors recover …But one in five totally unaware of modern slavery, says Co-op

Two years ago the Co-op and one charity began working together to help two modern slavery survivors back into paid employment and regain control of their lives stolen by their traffickers….now 18 businesses and 26 charities – brought together by the Co-op – are leading businesses worldwide in supporting the recovery through the award-winning Bright Future programme. Yet, one in five Brits remain totally unaware of modern slavery despite Government legislation, high profile charity campaigns, business support for victims and increased publicity surrounding the issue. New research issued today (01/03/19)…

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Co-op launches Smartwater Fog Cannons to combat crime in communities

Co-op’s commitment to colleague and community safety has seen the retailer “launch” Smartwater fog cannons on Friday, 15 March. The forensic first is designed to deter crime by deploying a dense fog to obscure vision while linking criminals and stolen goods back to the scene of a crime. The Co-op is working with SmartWater and security fog specialists PROTECT to roll-out the new forensic deterrent in its food stores, starting in towns and cities in South Wales, Greater Manchester and London. The move forms part of the retailer’s investment in…

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Tackling loneliness with social prescribing – a British Red Cross and Co-op success story

Ahead of the first ever Social Prescribing Day on March 14, the British Red Cross and Co-op partnership highlighted how social prescribing can transform the lives of the lonely and socially isolated. There is growing interest in social prescribing – services which refer people to non-clinical support within communities and the voluntary sector – as a means of improving health outcomes and reducing demand for health services. But the British Red Cross and Co-op believe it can also be used to address loneliness. The organisations published a Shared Learning Report…

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