Co-op and Steel Warriors open new outdoor gym made from recycled knives in drive to reduce knife crime

Anti-knife crime organisation, Steel Warriors launches its newest outdoor gym made from recycled knives in Ruskin Park, Lambeth built in partnership with community retailer, Co-op. The new gym is the first of a 20-gym plan Co-op has committed to build by partnering with Steel Warriors, the charity which launched in 2017 by taking seized and surrendered knives off the streets of London and melting them down to build its inaugural calisthenics gym in Tower Hamlets. The gym is supported by the Co-op which has warned that the increasing lack of…

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Co-op is first British retailer to pledge support for landmark UN climate change campaign

Co-op has been unveiled as the first British retailer to become a signatory of the UN’s ‘Our Only Future’ campaign at its Climate Action Summit in New York. The breakthrough initiative calls upon global businesses to make critical contributions to help cap global temperature increases to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. The move follows Co-op’s announcement earlier this year, that it has committed to further reductions in its Green House Gas emissions of 50% by 2025, having already halved its GHG emissions in the ten years from 2006 and in the…

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Co-op urges councils to bin delay to home food waste collections

The Co-op has urged English local authorities to speed up the rollout of food waste collections from homes as figures reveal approximately 1,000 tonnes a day ends up in landfill when it could be composted or used to create energy and help cut greenhouse gases. Food waste rots and produces methane, which is considered a damaging greenhouse gas, 23 times worse than carbon dioxide. The ethical retailer is campaigning on the issue as it believes a large number of the 1.75 billion single-use plastic bags in circulation could also be…

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Green is the default option for Co-op pension scheme

The Co-op pension fund is investing approximately £300m into companies that score highly for sustainability and with an emphasis on mitigating climate change and / or managing their own carbon footprint. The trustees of Pace, the Co-op’s £11bn pension scheme, which comprises both Defined Benefit (DB) and Defined Contribution (DC) elements, have chosen the LGIM Future World Multi-Asset as the default fund for the DC scheme. This means approximately £290m out of Co-op employees’ £315m defined contribution assets will be invested in companies and bonds that score heavily when it…

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Co-op joins Hey Girls and Big Issue Invest Power Up programme in the fight against period poverty

The period poverty-battling Hey Girls took another giant leap forward as its products hit the shelves of the community retailer, Co-op. With a £50,000 investment from Big Issue Invest, Hey Girls Day Time and Overnight Sani pads and Menstrual Cups can be found in just under 200 Co-op food stores, marking the launch of the Big Issue Invest Power Up programme. Founded by Celia Hodson with the help of her two daughters, Kate and Becky, Hey Girls sells a full range of Period Products on a ‘buy one give one’…

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