Sustainability as guidance for our actions

Actions, not words – that’s sustainability at Coop. Our commitment to people, animals and nature is summed up by these words and more than 400 actions. We've been blazing a trail with our wide-ranging approach to sustainability for over 30 years and encourage sustainable consumption.

Sustainability in action

Sustainability is firmly rooted in our company and is practised by all our employees. As a cooperative, sustainability is integral to all of our business activities: it is enshrined in our sustainability strategy and is a key element of our articles of association, mission statements and processes. Our efforts to promote sustainability also make an important contribution to the long-term success of our company and to improving general well-being. That is a priority for us as a cooperative.

Sustainability aspects are also incorporated in the goal-setting process, employee training, operating procedures and, with the various corporate strategies, in the balanced scorecard. With our 2022 to 2026 multi-year sustainability targets we are embedding concrete sustainability targets throughout the Coop Group.

Focusing efforts

We focus on 26 spheres of activity where we can achieve significant leverage and in which we are expected to take action. In doing so, we maintain constant dialogue with our stakeholders, develop a comprehensive due diligence management system for social and environmental risks, and use international frameworks in defining our key sustainability-related activities. Societal expectations and political demands are also major determining factors. We take the stance that voluntary agreements at company or sector level are preferable to detailed regulations.

In our annual Sustainability Progress Report, we report transparently on our progress in all 26 spheres of activity.