The Midcounties Co-operative is celebrating Responsible Business Week this week having been commended by the UK’s longest running awards programme for its commitment to reducing energy usage and giving back to the local community.
Responsible Business Week (24-28 April), hosted by Business in the Community (BITC), is an annual initiative aimed at increasing awareness of the positive contribution of businesses to society.
The Midcounties Co-operative, which operates 234 Food Retail stores, has been reaccredited in the Sustainable Products and Services, and Building Stronger Communities categories of the BITC’s Responsible Business Awards.
The awards champion the most inspiring businesses taking action to build more inclusive workplaces, stronger communities and tackle environmental challenges.
Judges praised the Society for its commitment to sustainability that has seen it reduce energy usage by a further 3%, save over 1,000 tonnes of CO2 and increase its recycling levels to 91% – up from 85% in 2015.
The organisation was also commended for its commitment to the local communities it serves as part of its Regional Communities strategy.
The Regional Communities programme sees members and colleagues come together to provide impactful and sustainable support for local community groups through volunteering and fundraising initiatives. The strategy has seen The Midcounties Co-operative donate more than £11million to local charities and organisations over the past 10 years.
Mike Pickering, Community and Sustainability Manager at The Midcounties Co-operative, said: “The BITC Responsible Business Awards are nationally acclaimed for recognising businesses that drive sustainable and social change, both nationally and abroad.
“To be reaccredited in these categories is a great achievement and reflective of our commitment to reducing energy, preserving the environment and providing a positive impact to those who live and work in the areas we serve.”
Chief executive of Business in the Community, Amanda Mackenzie, said: “We want all businesses to be a force for good in the community, and being reaccredited means that The Midcounties Co-operative can inspire many more companies to be part of the responsible business movement, so that together we can work for a fairer society and a more sustainable future.”