Standards and guidelines
When we source our goods, we aim to take not only economic but also social, ethical and environmental aspects into account. Wherever possible and meaningful, we refer in this context to existing external standards. For our own-label brands, additional specific sustainability-related guidelines apply.
We aim to contribute to environmentally and socially responsible production and sustainable consumption. For many years now, we have been basing our activities on tried and tested standards from institutions such as Bio Suisse, Fairtrade Max Havelaar, the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), Topten and Hochstamm Suisse.
In addition, our suppliers are also required to meet specific demands in terms of sustainability. These requirements are formulated as a set of guidelines that apply to the entire product range and generally comprise specific requirements for our own-label brands.
Coop-wide general guidelines
These apply to our entire product range, with a focus on our own-label brands, and include our guidelines on sustainable procurement, guidelines on palm oil and palm kernel oil and guidelines on the protection of minors.
Guidelines on Coop own-label sustainability brands and quality seals
These apply specifically to our own-label sustainability brands such as Naturaplan, Naturaline, Oecoplan, Pro Montagna and Ünique, as well as to the Naturafarm quality seal. Here, even higher social, ethical and environmental requirements apply.
Coop guidelines on food
These apply to all food products in our range, and further include the guideline on pesticides.
Coop guidelines on non-food products
These apply to all consumer goods and hardware in our range, and further include the guidelines on wood and paper products, the guidelines on textiles and leather and the Code of Conduct on nanotechnology.