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 in 2009, 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 actions-not-words.ch, or see our 2016 Annual Report and our 2016 Sustainability Progress Report.
Here are some of the highlights of 2016:
- Environmentally friendly mobility: Since November 2016, Coop has operated the first public hydrogen filling station in Switzerland. This is one of our contributions to a renewable, emission-free and comfortable future for mobility. Moreover, we were able to reduce the number of truck kilometres travelled this year by around 9.7 million, thanks to unaccompanied combined transport. We thus avoided 8,400 tonnes of CO2 emissions.
- Sustainably produced textiles: In 2016 we focused on expanding the training opportunities for suppliers. We wanted to actively sensitize them to and support them in the right way to handle chemicals. As a result of our initiative and commitment in this area, Greenpeace called us a trendsetter in an interim report.
- Critical raw materials: In Wholesale, the national subsidiaries in Germany, France and Austria undertook comprehensive screening of ranges to identify critical raw materials and determine the main actions required.
- Fairtrade: We have worked closely with Max Havelaar since 1992 and thus celebrated the 15th anniversary of fair-trade flowers in 2016.
- Swiss Red Cross (SRC): As a partner of the SRC, Coop donated an extraordinary CHF 200,000 for hurricane victims on Haiti.
- Coop Sustainability Fund: In 2016, Coop invested CHF 18.6 million in the fund's projects. One such project involves the establishment of a direct and transparent value chain for organic Fairtrade cashew nuts in Benin by setting up local cashew processing facilities and providing training for farmers in sustainable production methods. The project is being conducted in cooperation with Sunray and Gebana AG.
The United Nations Global Compact remains an important benchmark for Coop, and we will continue to gear our business activities to it.
Chairman of the Coop Executive Committee (Switzerland)