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Co-op Food

How ethical is Co-Operative Food?

Co-Operative Food is included in The Good Shopping Guide’s Supermarket Ethical Ratings Table.

The brand obtains a satisfactory Good Shopping Guide ethical score and thereby passes our ethical criterion as a good ethical brand, and eligible for Ethical Accreditation. We encourage other Supermarkets to follow The Co- Operative Food’s lead and implement more ethical rules and procedures.

More information on sustainable supermarkets may be found in The Good Shopping Guide to Ethical Supermarkets. Then, in our Supermarkets Ethical Ratings Table compare it to other stores.

What does Co-Operative Food do?

The Co-Operative Food was founded in 1844 and branched out into the Co-Operative Group in 1863. The Co-Operative Food is a Supermarket that supplies a range of fresh food and bakery items. The brand is not only a UK supermarket as it operates in more than 100 countries. The Co-operative group includes co-op brands such as banks, funeral care and Pharmacy’s.

In what areas does Co-Operative Food perform well? 

Co-Op Food performs well in many areas of business. The brand has an Environmental Report that includes targets for reducing GHG emissions as well as Waste and water consumption, this also provides evidence on the brands progress.The Co-op is CFI certified and has a strong Animal Welfare policy which includes no animal testing. The brand also has a large range of Fairtrade, EU and Soil Association certified products.

How could Co-Operative Food rate higher on our Ethical Supermarkets Ratings Table? 

Co-Operative Food is eligible for Ethical Accreditation due to its satisfactory score, according to The Good Shopping Guide; Co-Operative Food’s eligibility is examined by looking at the company’s policies concerning the Environment, Animals, and People.

Ethical Accreditation boosts customer trust in a brand and serves as a certification for businesses to demonstrate that they meet an ethical standard. Co-Operative Food could improve its Ethical Rating score further by improving its Human Rights policies and its Public Record Criticisms. Some of these criticisms include: the brand’s staff incorrectly claiming that the chain’s chicken was free-range and teaming up with Amazon, which does not reflect the Co-Op’s strong ethical values, you can read more on this here.

Why not check out The Good Shopping Guide’s Ethical Accreditation if you work for or with a Supermarket that places ethics high on its priority list? Contact us to learn more, or complete our short form for an initial ethical and sustainability evaluation.

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  • Environmental Report


  • Genetic Modification


  • Organic


  • Nuclear Power



  • Animal Welfare


  • Vegetarian/Vegan



  • Armaments


  • Political Donations


  • Human Rights


  • Fairtrade



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  • Other Criticisms


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