The Co-op's sustainability Code of Conduct with the EU
The Central England Co-op has signed the European Union’s new Code of Conduct on Responsible Business and Marketing Practices, in an effort to work closely with partners to help improve food sustainability.
The Society, which has over 400 food stores and funeral homes across 16 counties, outlined a series of targets as part of the announcement as part of ongoing efforts to showcase its commitment, which includes a 90% carbon footprint reduction by 2030.
The Co-op’s established dedication to the environment
Central England Co-op’s environmental commitment is already evident in some of the major milestones it has achieved in recent years:
- Reducing natural gas usage by 58% since 2010
- New stores use as little as 50% less electricity
- Reducing food waste by 40% during the past three years from 2,445 tonnes in 2017 to 1,085 tonnes in 2020
This comes on the back of Central England Co-op being named Leading Co-op of the Year by Co-operatives UK in part for its long-term environmental credentials.
Environmental and social priorities at the Co-op
The team at Co-op are embracing these new guidelines.
“We believe that the transformation of our food system is an ambition requiring the participation of all stakeholders throughout the value chain and their close co-operation”, said Luke Olly, Energy and Environment Lead. “This is why we shall engage in close coordination with our EU-level association Euro Coop for the effective promotion of high sustainability practices. We look forward to working closely with our EU partners to deliver this ambitious path to sustainable food systems.”
“Euro Co-op and our members fully endorse the Code’s aspirational objectives and today we step up to show leadership”, said Todor Ivanov, Euro Co-op Secretary-General. “Consumer co-operatives are sustainability frontrunners by way of innovation, investment and partnerships. Being member-owned means care for the community is at the heart of our strategy, which guarantees a holistic approach to sustainability by which environmental and social priorities are embedded into our operations. We are believers of co-operation and we stand ready to engage all stakeholders along the value chain in embracing higher sustainability performance. Policymakers’ role is crucial for providing an enabling environment so businesses could flourish and maximise their potential in attaining the EU Green Deal and Farm to Fork Strategy objectives.”
Jacobs amplifies sustainability practices with PlanBeyond 2
Civil engineering group, Jacobs, is reinforcing environmental, social and governance (ESG) alignment across the business, through the implementation of a new global approach, PlanBeyondSM 2.0. This will propel the integration of sustainability throughout operations and client solutions.
Jacobs provides consulting and project delivery, for both the government and the private sector. The company is headquartered in Dallas, Texas and has a revenue of US$13bn.
With the launch of PlanBeyond 2.0, sustainability will be even more deeply integrated into Jacobs' global workforce. PlanBeyond 2.0 continues Jacobs' commitment to embed sustainability across all solutions — with accelerated investment in ESG growth sectors including energy transition, sectoral decarbonisation, environmental stewardship, health and social value.
Jacobs aims to hit its sustainability targets
In 2015, the United Nations set up the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, targets agreed to by all United Nations Member States to end poverty, support the environment and create social wellbeing.
Jacobs believes that all 17 of the goals are interconnected. Through stakeholder engagement and assessment, Jacobs has identified six core SDGs, which have been turned into business objectives:
- To advance the health and wellbeing of society
- Deliver solutions for the global water and sanitation crisis
- Foster a culture of technology and innovation
- Create a fair and inclusive future for all
- Develop efficient solutions that deliver net environmental and societal gain
- Address the climate emergency
Jacobs’ employees will expand their understanding of sustainability
Additionally, Jacobs will educate and empower its employees across the company by increasing their knowledge of sustainability, so that all client solutions across its global markets can be designed to contribute toward a resilient future. Employees will:
- Have access to training courses
- Be offered project tools to reinforce sustainability plans and targets
- Be introduced to climate risk and resilience practices
"As a purpose-led company, we recognise that our biggest opportunity to positively address climate change and societal inequalities comes from the solutions we provide our clients — from the world's largest infrastructure projects to mission-critical outcomes and sustainable design", said Steve Demetriou, Jacobs Chair and CEO. "We consider it not only good business, but our obligation to channel our expansive capabilities in resilient infrastructure, regenerative design, clean water, green energy and social value toward benefitting people and the planet, while continuing to outperform and drive superior stakeholder value."
Sustainability at Jacobs means ‘Pursuing long-term business resilience and success while positively contributing toward the economy, society and the environment’ - this can’t be done without the Jacobs team understanding why sustainability is so important and achievable.