Co-op doubles down on menopause support

Leading retailer the Co-op is enhancing its menopause policy with a series of new initiatives to help more women and their colleagues across the country access support in the workplace with the menopause. Highlighting the impact menopause has on women in the workplace, a new study by Co-op with women across workplaces in the UK shows that almost two fifths (38%) of women with or who have had the menopause experienced increased anxiety at work and over a quarter (28%) say they felt depressed. Whilst almost half (47%) of women…

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Co-op Pours £15m into Global Water Initiative

On World Water Day, Co-op has announced its customers and members have raised over £15 million to date to clean water and sanitation projects, through its partnership with The One Foundation. The convenience retailer is the only supermarket to have an own brand charity water, which is available at almost 7,500 convenience stores, including independent retailers who are supplied by Co-op, and 3p of every litre sold goes to The One Foundation. 50 per cent of the money raised for The One Foundation supports projects in Co-op Fairtrade producer communities…

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Co-op moves to 100% Fairtrade South African wine in industry first commitment

Co-op has announced, in an industry first, that all of the South African wine stocked in its range, across branded and own-label, is Fairtrade. Already the world’s largest retailer for Fairtrade wine, Co-op stocks 57 Fairtrade wines, 45 being from South Africa, and latest figures show that the convenience retailer sold 14.5 million litres of Fairtrade wine in 2020. To further cement its commitment to the South African wine industry, which was hit hard by the impact of Covid-19, Co-op has invested through donations and social premium into a start-up winery, Fairroots, in Olifants River…

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Co-op ‘re-peats’ commitment to only sell peat-free compost as Government consultation closes

Co-op has ‘re-peated’ its commitment to selling only peat-free bagged compost in its stores as a Government consultation on measures to end the retail sale of peat in England and Wales comes to a close. Last year, Co-op became the first UK supermarket to completely end the sale of peat-based bagged compost in all its stores in a move designed to make it easier for amateur horticulturists to prune their carbon and environmental impacts. Co-op is this year, once again, working with Westland and selling only its New Horizon peat-free…

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Ethical spending hits record highs and shoppers are increasing plant-based purchases

The UK ‘green pound’ has reached record levels, breaking through the £100 billion for the first time, with ethical consumer spending and finance in the UK amounting to £122bn but brand boycotts on ethical grounds have risen sharply to almost £4bn, up 18% in the year. According to the Co-op’s Ethical Consumerism Report which has tracked consumer shopping habits since 1999, in just ten years, the ‘green pound’ has more than doubled from £51bn but Britons are withholding cash at record-levels to boycott brands due to social or environmental concerns.…

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