Co-op forges a sustainable partnership for green electricity supply in the UK

Co-op, one of the world’s largest consumer co-operatives, and Voltalia, an international player in renewable energies, jointly announce the signing of a 15-year Corporate Power Purchase Agreement (Corporate PPA) for the entire output of a 34-megawatt solar farm, located in North Yorkshire. Under this agreement, Co-op will source electricity for its estate, including food stores, distribution centres and Funeralcare homes right across the UK, over a 15-year period, from Voltalia’s Eastgate Solar project near Scarborough, which is set to be fully operational in 2025. Early construction works have started on…

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Co-op named ‘Climate Leader of the Year’ for supporting farmers at the frontline of the climate crisis

Co-op’s major efforts to support farmers at the front-line of the climate crisis has been recognised last month after being named “Climate Leader” of the year. The convenience retailer was awarded the prestigious title after investing over half a million-pound to help farmers in its supply chain in Kenya, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Dominican Republic and Colombia to better mitigate against the impact of the climate crisis. Co-op was recognised at the first Fairtrade Global Awards for its commitment to “innovate and generate impact to tackle the climate crisis”. The judging panel…

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Young people demand a fairer transition to Net Zero

Young people have revealed concerns that the pathway to Net Zero will exacerbate the class divide, according to new research from Co-op and its charity, the Co-op Foundation. The study explored the views of 16-24 year olds when thinking about the journey to Net Zero, including the risks and opportunities for young people. A climate class divide The majority (73%) revealed concerns that impacts from the transition to Net Zero will affect some groups of people more than others: A quarter (25%) felt those on lower incomes and/or from lower…

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Co-op Legal Services reveals increase in the value of legacies left to charity in wills

We’re a nation of givers! As Co-op Legal Services latest business data reveals the number of gifts being left to charity has increased by over 18%* in the last 12 months, with pledges in wills having an estimated value of £51m. To mark Remember A Charity Week (10th – 16th September 2023) Co-op Legal Services is urging people to take a moment to consider leaving a gift to a charity in their Will, after looking after family and friends. Gifts left in wills are vital to charities, Cancer Research UK…

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Co-op campaigns to break the ‘class ceiling’

Co-op is taking action to break the ‘Class Ceiling’, as new research has found that a significant number of people believe that what they achieve in life is dictated by their background. Nearly a fifth (17%) of UK adults believe they have missed out on a job due to their background, accent or social status, with a tenth (10%) of people revealing that they have been teased for their accent. As a result, a quarter (26%) have changed the way they look for a job interview** and a tenth (11%)…

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