- Location: Africa
The Co-op recognised the need to act on climate change long before most businesses. The organisation has set ambitious long term GHG reduction targets, and consistently met them.
We identified an opportunity for the Co-op to bring together its actions to offset carbon emissions with support for its supply chain producers above and beyond the Fairtrade premium it pays.
We designed a bespoke project to measurably improve lives, tackle climate change and support a tea co-operative with its Fairtrade supply chain, delivering on the company’s environmental and social objectives.
About the client
The Co-operative Group is one of the world’s largest consumer co-operatives, owned by millions of members and employing nearly 70,000 people. It’s the UK’s fifth biggest food retailer, number 1 funeral services provider, a major general insurer and a growing legal services business. The Co-operative is also recognised for its leading social goals and community-led programmes.
What we did
ClimateCare was ideally placed to develop integrated supply chain projects for The Co-op.
Collaborating closely with the group’s headquarters in Manchester, we worked with Fairtrade tea-producing co-operatives in Kenya to understand their community needs and find ways to solve them using carbon finance.
After a series of community consultations, ClimateCare then began work on a series of bespoke Climate and Development projects to provide safe water and cut carbon emissions within The Co-op’s Fairtrade supply chain communities.
What positive outcomes did we deliver?
Our unique position as a project developer, coupled with our climate and development expertise, meant we could help The Co-op meet its sustainable development and environmental objectives.
The first bespoke supply chain project we developed is an extension of the Aqua Clara project, providing safe water to communities in Kericho – who are part of the Co-operatives Fairtrade tea supply chain. This project cut more than 6,000 tonnes of carbon and provided safe water to 14,000 people.
Over the last 12 years, we have enjoyed a positive and successful relationship with ClimateCare. The team consistently deliver projects that provide community benefits as well as carbon reductions and enhance our brand position as a leader on social responsibility.
6,000 Tonnes of CO2 cut
14,000 People provided with safe water
Delivering Towards the Global Goals
End poverty in all its forms everywhere
Good Health and Well-Being
Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
Clean Water and Sanitation
Ensure access to water and sanitation for all
Reduce inequality within and among countries
Responsible Consumption and Production
Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts