Co-op Foundation enters into £2 million partnership with government to combat youth loneliness

The Co-op’s own charity, the Co-op Foundation, has entered into a £2 million partnership with government to bring communities together and tackle youth loneliness. Announced by the Prime Minister, Theresa May MP, (Tuesday 19 June), the funding will build on the Foundation’s existing Belong network of community partners working across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. It forms part of the government’s £11 million Building Connections Fund, £5 million of which is being match-funded through the Big Lottery Fund. Applicants supported will help bring communities together, making the most of…

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Co-op awarded for leading the sector in recyclable plastics

Retailer, the Co-op has won a major sustainability award for “leading the sector” in its work towards ensuring its own-brand packaging is easy to recycle, as part of a move towards a more circular economy and driving down plastic waste. The retailer’s Project Closed Loop campaign was awarded ‘Green Initiative of the Year’ at the prestigious Grocer Gold Awards on Tuesday 12 June for the steps it has taken to replace unrecyclable packaging with sustainable alternatives. In the last 12 months, Co-op has made great strides to making 100 percent…

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One in four community causes fear for their survival says Co-op

A quarter of local causes that are the lifeblood of communities in the UK fear for their survival, according to a unique study conducted by the Co-op. One in four of the 1,500 groups surveyed by the Co-op, which has given more than £20m to local causes since it re-launched its membership scheme in September 2016, said they are either worried or very worried about the future of their organisation. When asked about their concerns for what lies ahead, more than half (56 per cent) said they were witnessing a…

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Co-op AGM backs Stop Funding Hate

96% of the Co-op Group annual general meeting has voted in favour of a motion on responsible advertising. The motion notes “the concern from the United Nations and hate crime experts that some media outlets in the UK are fuelling and legitimising prejudice and an increase in hate crime” and calls on the Board to review existing policy and “prepare an ethical advertising policy that puts controls in place to ensure adverts do not appear in media that are incompatible with co-operative ethics, values and principles”. The member motion was…

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Co-op bins waste – not food – by taking products off sale to donate to community groups

The Co-op is to bin last minute sales to avoid food going to waste. A new first-of-its-kind national food redistribution scheme has been rolled out. It will donate fresh food as well as other products, such as bakery items, within use-by and best-before dates to thousands of small community groups to make healthy dishes. The Co-op plans to call time on food waste with its innovative food redistribution scheme, called Co-op Food Share, which will take products off sale earlier to get fresh food within its use-by date to charities…

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