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Southern Co-op awarded Queen's Award for Enterprise for Sustainable Development


  • Author: Clanfield Co-op
  • Published: 26th April 2022
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Southern Co-op awarded Queen's Award for Enterprise for Sustainable Development

Southern Co-operative, which operates food stores, coffee shops, funeral services, and crematoria/natural burial grounds in more than 300 locations across the south of England, has been recognised with one of the most prestigious awards for UK businesses - the Queen's Awards for Enterprise.

Award organisers stated: "Southern Co-op is awarded the Queen's Award for Enterprise in Sustainable Development because it can clearly demonstrate that is delivering on its original purpose to put purpose before profit."

Mark Smith, Southern Co-op's Chief Executive, said: "We are honoured to have been awarded this significant and well-respected title. We are committed to being a responsible and sustainable business, playing our part in creating a fairer society and sustainable world.

"Southern Co-op was originally set up nearly 150 years ago in response to the societal challenges of that time - exploitation, inequality and poverty.

"Many of these challenges sadly still exist today, alongside environmental challenges like climate change, declining natural resources and threatened wildlife/habitats. We all need to continue working together to tackle these issues and truly make a difference to our futures."

Southern Co-op is currently working towards ambitious science based targets to cut direct and indirect greenhouse gas emissions from the business by 2030, supported by a climate action pathway of planned activity and an initial investment of £5.8m.

To view Southern Co-op's strategy for climate change and responsible business, visit www.thesouthernco-operative.co.uk/our-plan/.


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