Co-op has helped build, feed and fuel Western Canada for generations.
We know that our success and the health of our communities are mutually dependent. In our decision-making, we consider social, economic and environmental impacts so we can meet the needs of today without compromising future generations’ ability to meet the needs of tomorrow.
At Co-op, sustainability is more than our environmental commitments and actions—it’s how and why we operate. And it takes constant adaptation to meet the changing needs of our members and communities.
Our backyard represents so much: from the diverse ecosystems of Western Canada to the agricultural environments around our communities to our homes where we spend time with our families.
Co-op organizes our sustainability efforts in four different categories, allowing us to prioritize activities, measure impact and be accountable to our communities at each level. These initiatives are already underway, and more will be added as our sustainability work progresses.
We’re dedicated to not simply reducing the amount of waste we produce, but eliminating it altogether.
• Loop program to divert food waste
• Reducing plastic packaging and increasing recycled content
• Battery Bucks compensate customers for returning batteries to Co‑op Home or Agro Centres for recycling
Scientific consensus is clear: we must limit our greenhouse gas emissions to limit the negative impacts of climate change.
• CRS Energy Roadmap will aid in our goal to achieve 40 per cent emission reduction from 2015 levels by 2030 and our aspirational goal of being net-zero by 2050
• Energy efficiency projects such as LED lighting, glass doors on freezers and coolers, and a solar Gas Bar canopy
• EV Charging Corridor at some Co-op Food Stores and Gas Bars
We’re always seeking opportunities to help the environment recover from damage that has already been done.
• Grown with Purpose practices
• Partnering with academic institutions for soil remediation
Our suppliers are crucial partners in our sustainability journey. We strive to find collaborators who use responsible business practices and are committed to protecting the environment.
• Co-operative Coffee Fairtrade varieties