The Coop Sustainability Fund

The fund invests in research into and raising awareness of sustainable consumption. With our Sustainability Fund we work together with partners to promote research into sustainable production methods or products, supporting some truly pioneering work in the process. In addition to this, we also support exhibitions, events and projects aimed at raising public awareness. In the interest of society and our staff, we promote projects that focus on health, exercise and support for the underprivileged.

The Coop Sustainability Fund invests around CHF 16.5 million every year for this purpose. In addition to our financial commitment, we also offer communication tools, personnel resources and partner networks through the fund. The fund supports around 80 projects a year, the majority of which are spread over several years.

The Coop Sustainability Fund focuses on the following three areas:

    • Innovation projects
      The aim here is to promote innovative solutions throughout the entire value chain of sustainable products.
    • Awareness-raising projects
      The aim here is to raise public awareness of, and thereby promote, the concept of sustainable consumption.
    • Projects for staff and society
      The aims here are to give something back to society and be a good employer and training provider.

Before we decide to promote a project, it is first evaluated thoroughly by internal and external experts. The following criteria are essential in this process:

    • Urgency of the problems and concrete possibilities for action
    • Closeness to our core business and to the requirements of our customers
    • Contribution to at least one of our multi-annual sustainability targets 2014–2020
    • Targeted solutions are not yet marketable or profitable, but have the potential to be multiplied

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