United Nations Global Compact (UNGC)

Letter of commitment from Coop’s Chief Executive Officer

We are delighted that the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) recognizes the positive contribution that the business community can make to prosperity and sustainability worldwide. We are therefore pleased to confirm that we will actively continue to support the 10 principles of the UNGC, to which we declared our commitment seven years ago, in the future.

We are unmistakably committed to sustainability in all its dimensions: economic, environmental and social. This is also set out in this way in our corporate profile. Among other things, we are guided by the 10 principles of the UNGC – with clear positive effects on our employees, customers, partners and the regions in which we operate. To find out what specific measures we are taking, go to taten-statt-worte.ch and see our 2015 Sustainability Report. On this page we would like to show you how we are putting the above-mentioned 10 principles into practice with the help of a table.

Here are some of the highlights of 2015:

    • Critical raw materials: The growing and production of agricultural and forestry materials sometimes have considerable ecological and social consequences. We have defined specific goals and minimum standards for 14 materials in an attempt to minimize these consequences.
    • Toxin-free textiles: Greenpeace has called us a "trendsetter" in the fulfilment of our detox commitment. This is our clear commitment to avoiding the use of undesirable chemicals in the production of textiles.
    • Fairtrade growth: Our growth strategy in the fair-trade sector has reached the half-way point. We have quadrupled our range since 2009. The goal is to switch all materials from developing and emerging countries to fair trade by 2020.
    • Swiss Red Cross (SRC) and WWF: We have worked together with these two organizations for a long time and entered into a strategic partnership in 2015. We can provide fast, unbureaucratic assistance to people in need via the SRC. With the WWF we would like to hone our customers' awareness of sustainable consumer behaviour and build up a corresponding product range.
    • WWF recommends Oecoplan: Our environmentally friendly non-food own-label brand is recommended by WWF, the internationally renowned nature and environment protection organization.
    • Sustainable construction: We support the "Sustainable Construction Network Switzerland" (NNBS) construction standard. It is the first in Switzerland to take account of all areas of sustainable construction.
    • Environmentally friendly mobility: We have decided to build up the first public hydrogen filling station in Switzerland and to switch part of our fleet of company cars and trucks to hydrogen-powered vehicles. The necessary hydrogen will be obtained from environmentally friendly hydroelectric power. We also won the Energy Globe World Award in the "Air" category for our use of the first 18-tonne electric truck.
    • Health at work: We introduced occupational health management. We are making a contribution to ensuring that our employees are and remain fit and healthy.

We continue to view the UN Global Compact as an important guide for Coop, and are pleased to continue our active support and engagement.

Yours sincerely,

Joos Sutter
Chief Executive Officer Coop Cooperative (Switzerland)

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