Our Blueprint for a sustainable future

Welcome to our Channel Islands Coop sustainability strategy, our blueprint towards a better, sustainable future as the Channel Islands’ local retailer.

Our purpose has always been to make a real difference to the communities we serve. Making a difference is about more than just providing the foods and services that Islanders need – it’s about doing so in an ethical way.

Now more than ever, sustainability must be at the heart of what we do. Not just because it is a ‘current’ concern, but because it is an issue that should matter to every one of us.

Our very first sustainability strategy is more than just a guide, it is our ethical ‘compass’ to do the right thing, a reminder of who we are as a local organisation, our Cooperative heritage, and what it means to be a part of it.

For this strategy to be successful it requires us all to work together across all aspects of our Society. It is why our sustainability strategy encompasses the key areas of the organisation we need to impact, namely our members, our people, our partners, and the communities with which we work.

These areas are the basis of this sustainability strategy and make sure we are heading in the right direction.

Why is it important?

If recent times and challenges have taught us anything, it is that when we work together, we can achieve true change and make a real difference.

Coop's Chief Executive Officer, Mark Cox
Mark Cox, Chief Executive Officer and The Channel Island Coop

The outstanding examples of cooperation and teamwork throughout the pandemic have proven that we have the capability to overcome any adversities, together.

It’s why we believe now is the perfect time to challenge past norms and do things in a more sustainable way than ever before. It is not just something we expect from ourselves, but it is what we need to do to ensure our Coop lasts for the next one hundred years and beyond.

Our task now is to do things in a more sustainable way to leave a better future for the generations to come. The way in which we respond to this challenge will define how we will be remembered. We, as a local organisation, have the potential to be at the forefront of change in the Channel Islands.

Being deeply connected to our community has always been part of our DNA and this strategy is our opportunity to demonstrate our values and strengths as a
Coop to bring about change. Because understanding ourselves and what it means to belong will give direction to our future.

For above all, to us at your Channel Islands Coop, Belonging is everything.