A look at some Best Buy co-operatives
Saturday is International Co-ops Day and as Ethical Consumer is a unique multi-stakeholder co-operative itself, we thought it would be nice to celebrate some of the co-operatives that we recommend as Best Buys in our product guides.
The companies listed below really are at the cutting edge of social and environmentally-minded businesses in the UK.
The Phone Coop
The ethical phone, broadband and mobile provider which is owned by its customers.
Product Guides: Mobile Phone Network, Broadband
Ecology Building Society
Building a greener society through sustainable mortgages, ethical savings, affordable housing and mutuals.
Product Guides: Ethical Mortgages, Savings Accounts, Cash ISAs
Uk's largest workers' cooperative and wholesalers of Organic, Vegan, Vegetarian and specialist foods.
Product Guides: Breakfast Cereals, Ground Coffee, Dog Food, Household Cleaners, Laundry Detergent, Washing Powder, Rice, Shampoo, Spreads, Soap, Toilet Cleaner, Toilet Paper, Cooking Oil
Fairtrade and organic products that ensure a fair deal for farmers and the environment.
Product Guides: Honey, Cooking Oils, Ground Coffee, Herbal Tea, Tea
Organic and Fairtrade wholesaler who distribute sustainable, ecological and cruelty free products.
Product Guides: Cooking Oil, Toilet Paper, Rice
The Co-operative Group is one of the world’s largest consumer co-operatives, owned by more than eight million members. It is the UK’s fifth biggest food retailer operating across the country with almost 2,800 local, convenience and medium-sized stores.
Product guides: Supermarkets
This co-op offers fairly traded, organically grown produce that is sourced from small-scale farmers while supporting the farming communities through trade rather than aid.
Product guides: Olive oil
Infinity Foods is one of the UK's leading wholesale distributors of vegetarian, organic and natural foods.
Product guides: Rice, Cereal
Essential Trading manufacture and distribute vegetarian wholefoods, ecological household products and cruelty-free body care items across Europe and internationally.
Product Guides: cooking oils, cereals, honey, rice, tea
Veggies has been promoting vegan catering and supporting campaigns for human and animal rights, environmental protection and social justice since 1984.
Product Guides: Meat free burgers and sausages
More on International Co-operatives Day
The day is celebrated on the first Saturday of July every year. Its aim is to increase awareness on co-operatives and promote the movement's successes and ideals of international solidarity, economic efficiency, equality, and world peace.
This year the theme of the day is ‘Co-operatives: The power to act for a sustainable future’. Organisers of the day, the International Co-operatives Alliance, say this theme is a nod of support to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were established in 2015 to achieve 3 main things: end extreme poverty, fight inequality and fix climate change over a period of 15 years.
As the International Co-operatives Alliance says:
"Co-operatives have a unique role to play in realizing the Goals, as they contribute to sustainable economic growth, social development and environmental responsibility. Co-operatives are important partners to achieve the SDGs, because they foster democracy, practice social inclusion and operate with concern for the environment, all while having a significant economic impact on the world economy. “
This theme sits very well with our key mission to make business more sustainable through consumer action. Our ranking system also reflects the Sustainable Development Goals as we rate companies based on a broad range of topics that address issues of poverty, inequality and environmental concerns.
Some facts about UK co-ops
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