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The Co-operative Joins Sustainability Organisation LEAF

Published on Jun 16 2017 10:23 AM in Retail tagged: Co-op / LEAF / British Farming / Open Farm Sunday

The Co-operative Joins Sustainability Organisation LEAF

UK retailer the Co-operative has announced that it has bolstered its relationship with global sustainability organisation LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming) by becoming a corporate member.

This will see the retailer work more closely with LEAF to deliver sustainable food and farming goals, cooperating with farmers, the food industry, scientists and consumers to promote practices that enhance the environment.

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Ciara Gorst, Co-op’s head of agriculture, said, “We’re delighted to build on our partnership with LEAF in pursuit of our shared vision to promote sustainable farming, eating and living".

“Co-op takes its responsibilities as an ethical retailer very seriously and we are looking forward to establishing a close and collaborative relationship with the organisation which does so much to encourage responsible food production and consumption.”

Caroline Drummond MBE, chief executive of LEAF, added, “Our corporate members play a pivotal role in helping us drive forward LEAF’s vision of a world that is farming, eating and living sustainably".

“We’re delighted to welcome a retailer of the Co-op’s calibre as a corporate member. It is well-known for its staunch support of the British agricultural industry and with stores in every postal area it’s perfectly placed to help LEAF engage with local communities, farmers and the food industry as a whole.”

The news comes following LEAF Open Farm Sunday, which took place on 11 June, where the Co-op is a principal sponsor.

© 2017 European Supermarket Magazine – your source for the latest retail news. Article by Aidan O’Sullivan. Click subscribe to sign up to ESM: The European Supermarket Magazine.

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