Innovation projects


Fairtrade organic cashew nuts from Benin

© Gebana

Partners: Sunray, Gebana AG 
Content: Establishment of a direct and transparent value chain for organic Fairtrade cashew nuts in Benin thanks to local cashew processing and training for farmers in sustainable production methods.
Commitment since:

Local water compensation in Morocco

Partners: Aquasis, GiZ
Content: Locally compensating for Coop’s water footprint in Agadir, an important region for sourcing fruits and vegetables, using comprehensive measures for the sustainable use of water.
Commitment since: 2014

Cultivating organic seeds

© Marius Born

Partners: Sativa Rheinau AG, Getreidezüchtung Peter Kunz
Content: Promoting the cultivation and seed propagation of organic wheat and spelt, and improving nitrogen efficiency along the bread value chain.
Commitment since: 2003

Baltic Grassland Beef

© Basis Mörikofer

Partners: IKI, Bell Schweiz AG, Mutterkuh Schweiz, Estonina ACB Vianco
Content: Establishing production of high-quality grassland beef from suckler cow husbandry in the Baltic region to reduce airfreighted imports from South America.
Commitment since: 2011

Ferme pilote de Mapraz

© J. Taramarcaz

Partner: Agridea
Content: Research on solutions for stockless or low-stock farming in terms of production techniques, profitability and sustainability with the aim of increasing the proportion of local organic products among arable crops.
Commitment since: 2008

Sustainable cocoa sourcing in Honduras

© Chocolats Halba

Partners: Chocolats Halba, Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation
Content: Project on the comprehensive sustainable sourcing of cocoa from Honduras through environmental and social initiatives such as reforestation in the rainforest and training in organic farming.
Commitment since: 2009

Cocoa project in Ecuador

© Chocolat Halba

Partners: Chocolats Halba, Swisscontact
Content: Preservation of the genetic diversity of Arriba high-quality cocoa through the specific use of domestic high-yield varieties and training for 40 young cocoa farmers as experts in sustainable cocoa farming.
Commitment since: 2016

Sustainable rice value chains

© S. Kumar, Swiss Helvetas Intercooperation

Partners: Reismühle Brunnen, Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation
Content: Establishing fair, environmentally friendly rice value chains in India and Thailand.
Commitment since: 2017

Promotion of production of organic cider apples

© Heiner H. Schmitt

Partner: Ramseier 
Support from organic cider apple producers in stock rejuvenation in terms of choice of variety, crop protection, mechanization and biodiversity.
Commitment since: 2016


© Sativa Rheinau

Partner: ProSpecieRara
Content: Promoting traditional Swiss crops and livestock in Coop’s product range by providing support during species selection and optimization, breeding and quality improvement.
Commitment since: 2003

Slow Food

© Slow Food

Partner: Slow Food Switzerland
Content: Aimed at maintaining biological diversity and high-quality, manually refined agricultural products by Swiss Presidi. Supporting the creation of quality assurance processes in product and organizational development.
Commitment since: 2017

Carbon offsetting


Partners: WWF, Fair Recycling
Content: Offsetting the carbon emissions generated by airfreight, business travel and Coop@home deliveries via WWF Gold Standard projects and Swiss Charter certificates from a fridge recycling project in Brazil.
Commitment since: 2007

WWF Climate Partners

© Markus J. Hässig

Partner: WWF
Content: Contribution to climate protection by reducing CO2 emissions particularly in the fields of appliances and products, own CO2 emissions and transport/traffic.
Commitment since: 2006

WWF Global Forest and Trade Network Switzerland

Partner: WWF
Content: Improving performance and communicating a responsible timber and paper purchasing policy; increasing the proportion of FSC-certified timber and paper sales by introducing innovative products.
Commitment since: 2006

WWF Seafood Group

© Heiner H. Schmitt

Partner: WWF 
Content: Reducing the over-fishing of oceans by means of active product range selection with fish from sustainable fishing, organic farming or alternative origins. Ongoing reduction «non-recommended» fish species.
Commitment since: 2007

Projects in collaboration with ETH Zurich: Research for sustainable food production

© Heiner H. Schmitt

Partner: ETH World Food System Center 
Content: Each year, the sum of 1 million Swiss francs goes to supporting research into new approaches in the field of resource-efficient food production.
Commitment since: 2013

More about the project

  • Dairy products as an important source of iodine in the Swiss population: Which factors affect iodine content in milk and processed dairy products? How is iodine best absorbed by humans?

  • What is the best way to sustainably increase production of organic basmati rice in India?

  • Smart ventilated packaging for fruit: what type of packaging is best suited to ensuring that food can be kept longer and to avoid having to throw it away?

  • How can green fodder for livestock husbandry be improved as a sustainable alternative to imported concentrated feed made from soy and maize? ETH Zurich is conducting research into how red clover with a higher content of energy-rich, biodegradable carbohydrates can be bred.

  • Cocoa plants can absorb the naturally occurring heavy metal cadmium from the soil: Which factors influence the cadmium content in the soil and the cocoa bean, and how can cadmium be reduced?

  • There are only a few breeds of chickens that are equally suitable for the marketing of both eggs and meat. They are known as dual-purpose chickens. What are the success factors for this type of dual-purpose chicken system?

  • Buckwheat is very difficult to grow and is rarely grown in Switzerland any more, although it is a healthy alternative to wheat, corn and rice. The research goal: to breed new varieties that are easier to grow.

  • Which sustainable, microbiological technologies can be used to increase the shelf life of fresh produce?

  • Establishment of a sustainable value chain for Brazil nuts.

  • Possibilities for the effective preservation of African leaf vegetables to prevent post-harvest loss and to contribute to a balanced supply of nutrients in African countries.

  • Evaluating and increasing the resilience of the teff (Ethiopian dwarf millet) and cocoa value chains.

  • Development of new sustainable products based on proteins from algae.

  • Natural solutions to prevent campylobacter attacks in poultry.

  • Improvement of genetics in runner beans, a key source of protein in developing countries.

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