Co-op campaign highlights a bright future for modern slavery victims

The Co-op, which is helping to create hundreds of jobs for the victims of modern slavery, has launched an advertising campaign to raise awareness of the wicked crime that many believed had been consigned to the history books. Last year the Co-op, in partnership with the charity City Hearts, launched the innovative Bright Future programme, which provides employment for those rescued from slavery. The programme offers victims a four-week paid work placement leading to a non-competitive interview. If both elements are successful, the candidate will be offered a permanent job…

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Co-op bans single-use plastics and unveils compostable carrier bags

The Co-op announced an end to single-use plastic. It will see around 60 million plastic carrier bags removed in a phased rollout and replaced with an environmentally-friendly alternative. The move is part of a new hard-hitting ethical strategy to be launched later this week by the Co-op, which will tackle plastic pollution as well as food waste, healthy eating, saving energy and trading fairly. The blue-print sets out how the Co-op will ban single-use own-brand plastic products and reduce its overall use of plastic packaging within five years and stop…

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British Red Cross and Co-op collaborate with Cruse Bereavement Care to support people experiencing loneliness after death of loved one

People left lonely and isolated following bereavement will be able to make new friends and beat loneliness thanks to a new scheme launched across the UK. The largest bereavement charity in the UK, Cruse Bereavement Care in collaboration with the British Red Cross and Co-op have set up the ‘More Than Words’ scheme which aims to start up social groups for people left feeling isolated after the death of a loved one. The introduction of the scheme comes after Co-op recently launched the UK’s biggest ever survey into death, dying…

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More firms urged to offer jobs to victims of modern slavery

Firms in hospitality, hairdressing and social care have been urged to offer jobs to the victims of modern slavery. Businesses across various sectors of the economy have followed the lead set by the Co-op and signed up to the innovative Bright Future programme that provides employment for those rescued from slavery. Research by the charity City Hearts amongst potential Bright Future candidates found that almost a third (31 per cent) said they would prefer a job in a hotel or restaurant, social and child care or hairdressing and beauty. That…

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Leeds food redistribution charity cooks up new partnership with the Co-op

Leeds hunger busting charity, The Real Junk Food Project, has signed up to the Co-op’s new food redistribution scheme, Food Share, and is now working with nine Co-op stores across the city in a bid to increase the amount of healthy meals it can provide to those in need. Having launched this April, the retailer’s brand new initiative takes products off sale earlier on the day of expiry, enabling charities to collect a wider range of fresh food and baked goods within their use-by and best-before dates. The real Junk…

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