Co-op and locality commit to protect and preserve community spaces across the UK

Co-op and Locality launch their Endangered Spaces campaign to protect, support and improve 2,000 at-risk community spaces by 2022 and are calling on the British public to help identify spaces that are in need of support by using #SaveOurSpaces. Research from Co-op and Locality identified a link between improved wellbeing and areas where community spaces such as cafes, community centres and playgrounds are easy to access, whilst the data also indicated that in areas where community spaces decrease, this contributes to the pride of a community going down. Despite these…

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Innovative free training course to create opportunities for 17-24 year olds

An innovative scheme which will help young people from socially disadvantaged backgrounds with little or no work experience to develop the skills and confidence to be able to enter the world of work has been launched today by the Damilola Taylor Trust (DTT) and the Co-op. The free 3-month Career Search and Skills Development Programme CSSD will use a whole range of learning tools to support the young people on the programme to improve their skills in job-searching, CV writing, presentation, communication, team working and self-management so that they can…

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Co-op raises £300 million in first for a UK retailer through a sustainability bond focusing on fairtrade

The Co-op, in a first for a UK retailer, has issued a sterling denominated Sustainability Bond. It has raised £300m and shall proceed to allocate proceeds exclusively on its work on supporting and promoting Fairtrade, including Fairtrade producers and their communities. The move underlines the Co-op’s unique focus on a better way of doing business which delivers real benefits for members, communities and investors. The Co-op’s leadership on Fairtrade comes as some other major retailers are scaling back their investment, a key source of support for communities around the developing…

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The Co-op and Steel Warriors pledge to boost community health and wellbeing with an ambitious plan to build 20 street gyms.

The Co-op has announced a multi-million-pound investment to support anti-knife crime organisation, Steel Warriors to create free community gyms in areas impacted by knife crime. The new community spaces are made using steel from knives that have been taken off the street, melted down and recycled. The Co-op aim to help Steel Warriors build 20 open air free-to-use gyms across the UK. Two new gyms will be built this year, which will also feature gym instructors, providing training sessions for different abilities, to share skills and improve physical and mental…

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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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