Earlier this week we announced that we’re removing single-use plastic carrier bags from 1,400 Co-ops and replacing them with the UK’s first biodegradable plastic carrier bag with a defined second use for compostable waste in kitchen food caddies.
Today, we’re sharing our Future of Food ambition.
How we’ll source and create food with care
We want to ensure the way we source our ingredients and create our products is done with people and the planet front of mind. Some of the ways we’re doing this now, and plan to do this in the near future are by:
- tackling single use plastics with our Action on Plastics plan
- extending our commitment to 100% British fresh meat to our frozen meat too
- continuing to reduce the amount of salt, sugar and saturated fat in products and increasing the amount of fruit and veg
- growing our commitments on responsible sourcing, with a new launch next year
- halving food waste from farm to fork through our existing work on food redistribution, work with suppliers and helping customers to reduce waste at home
How we’ll treat people fairly
In the developing world, farmers, growers and producers face an uncertain future. By doing business fairly and treating people fairly, we can make a difference in our supply chain.
As a co-operative, people are naturally at the heart of everything we do. Our leadership in Fairtrade, robust Ethical Trade programme, campaign against modern slavery and fight for clean water are just a few proof points of how committed we are.
As well as tackling water poverty around the world and continuing to champion Fairtrade we will continue to treat people fairly in our supply chain by:
- continuing and strengthening our commitments on Fairtrade
- working closely with our suppliers to protect the people that make Co-op food throughout our supply chain
- publishing independent human rights impact assessments on some of the high risk areas of our supply chain
How we’ll learn and celebrate together
We can’t drive sustainable change on our own. What our members and customers do at home and on the go has just as much impact on the future of food as our supply chain. That’s why we’re prioritising learning about and celebrating the true value of food.
We will work with our members and customers to do this by:
- prioritising learning about and celebrating the true value of food and the stories of the people that make it
- inspiring the next generation through our Co-op Academies and beyond
- inspiring communities to live sustainably through our Member Pioneers network
Your role in our Food future
A sustainable and ethical food future comes only as a result of us succeeding together as one Co-op, working closely with our suppliers and key partners like charities and NGOs. Our colleagues play a vital role in this by bringing the Co-op difference to life in their day-to-day roles. In the new year, we’ll talk to you more about the Future of Food and ask you for what you’d do for a food future that’s closer to what you, our members and our customers care about.
Head of Food Policy