Co-op has won a Queen’s Award for Enterprise for Sustainable Development – attesting to its work around environmental sustainability.
The retailer’s work on reducing its carbon emissions and focus on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has led to the recognition.
These awards are now in their 56th year and allow winners to use the Queen’s Awards emblem for the next five years after receiving the honour.
Co-op has ensured all its 2,600 stores are carbon-neutral, as well as its 800 funeral care homes – with a commitment to sell fully carbon-neutral own-brand food and drink by 2025.
CEO Shirine Khoury-Haq commented on the award: “We are absolutely delighted to receive this honour, which is recognition of the great work and achievements of our colleagues.
“Sustainability, climate action and reducing our business impacts are embedded into the heart of what we do at Co-op and there’s never been a more important time to uphold those values as we collectively address the climate crisis.
“I’m very proud of the changes we have delivered and our plans to go much further to care for the planet.”