Reflecting on the past year, one of things of which I am most proud is the Co-op’s development of our “Future of Food” strategy. Building on many years of pioneering ethical and responsible sourcing of products, we have been working hard to revitalise our commitments for the next decade and beyond. In a world where we are all challenged by issues of environmental sustainability, its great to see us setting ambitious targets to build on our existing strengths in conjunction with our partners, taking action on what matters most.
Our goals revolve around three areas:
- Sourcing products that are created with respect for people and planet – sustainability, health, reduced waste, reduced use of plastics, agricultural innovation.
- Treating people fairly – working for justice in supply chains through more Fairtrade, empowering vulnerable workers and women, tackling water poverty, supporting British farmers and ensuring that all our suppliers get a fair deal.
- Learning and celebrating together – educating and empowering future generations to make informed choices, working with partners and sharing good practice, helping everyone understand the true value of food.
Our programmes and plans have been developed after a lot of consultation with our supply partners, NGOs and academic experts as well as colleagues in all parts of our business. Having attended several workshops around this process as well as the launch event, I have been impressed by the hugely positive feedback they have given about the Co-op difference they can already see and our qualitatively stronger commitment to partnership.
You can read about our plans in much more detail on our website: https://food.coop.co.uk/food-ethics/future-of-food