Co-op renews its commitment to Manufacture 2030 for a further two years.

Co-op joined the Manufacture 2030 platform in March 2017 as one of its founding partners. Following a very successful launch phase, Co-op has renewed its partnership with Manufacture 2030 for an additional two years. This announcement demonstrates a clear commitment from Co-op to strengthen relationships with their suppliers, enabling them to make good quality products with the lowest possible environmental impact.

“Our partnership with Manufacture 2030 is key to achieving our ambitious plans to reduce the environmental impact of our products and actively support our suppliers, making sure we have a supply base that is resilient to a changing climate. We are delighted with the levels of supplier engagement we have achieved via the Manufacture 2030 platform and look forward to building on this success in the next phase of our partnership.”

– Sarah Wakefield, Food Sustainability Manager, Co-op.

Engagement levels from Co-op suppliers on the platform has been high, seeing over 500 members from 250 different companies undertake more than 20,000 interactions, exchanging knowledge and sharing ideas to tackle sustainability challenges at scale – reducing costs, risks and impacts. Topics covered include energy, food redistribution, disposal of soiled plastic sheeting and recycling of food waste.

“The Co-op are an integral partner of Manufacture 2030 and their participation on the platform, enhancing levels of collaboration across their supply base, has delivered real and tangible results for them and their suppliers. We are very pleased to be continuing our strong relationship with Sarah Wakefield and the team at Co-op, working together to maximise the significant opportunity that exists for all retailers and manufacturers to reduce cost and risk, and drive growth by being more sustainable.”

– Martin Chilcott, Founder and CEO of 2dgegrees

Co-op are now working with their suppliers to trial the new M2030 bee, an online service that makes it easy for them to identify, investigate and implement resource efficiency actions within their manufacturing and distribution sites.