Pillar 1 Sustainable products

We design our range to promote sustainable consumption, prevent negative impacts at the production and processing stage and preserve natural resources for future generations.

Coop is the most expert provider of particularly sustainable ranges.

UNCOMPROMISINGLY ORGANIC

Organic agriculture is considerate of people, animals and the environment. By relying on robust, non-GM varieties, varied crop rotation and dispensing with chemical-synthetic pesticides, growth regulators and hormones, as well as protecting the climate it helps preserve biodiversity and soil fertility. Smaller numbers, more space in the barn and access to the outdoors increase animal welfare. Therefore, we keep expanding our organic range every year, with the aim of promoting environmentally friendly cultivation, encouraging consumers to make more environmentally conscious decisions and, through sustainable production, protecting our natural resources – the earth, water and air.
  • 85%

    of our organic sales from Naturaplan products

  • 1/3

    of our Fairtrade and Bio Suisse bananas are now Demeter quality

  • 4 million

    Coop Fund: Investment of more than CHF 4 million in organic seed research

  • Our targetWe are expanding our position as a leading supplier of organic products in the Swiss retail sector and, in 2021, will generate turnover of CHF 1,630 million from organic products.
    Target indicator: in CHF m
    Accepted standards: Bio Suisse bud label, organic bud label, Naturaplan, Demeter, EU organic logo, BioRe

  • Comments
    Our target has been achieved. To meet the strong demand for high-quality organic products, we further expanded our range in 2021 and increased our organic sales by a further 4.5%.
  • Measures
    • Constant expansion of the organic and Demeter range
    • Active marketing of our own-label organic brand Naturaplan and Naturaline
    • Promotion of organic agriculture through various Fund projects and actions
    • Partnership with the Research Institute for Organic Agriculture (FiBL)
    • Strategic partnership with Bio Suisse since 1993
  • Strong inner drive in 2021

    Action 395: Delicious organic coffee in our restaurants: organic coffee, milk, cream and sugar
    Action 397: All organic breads now made from 100% Swiss grains
    New Fund project: Setting up a bud-certified palm oil value chain
    New Fund project:
    Organic chickpeas, broad beans and peas from Switzerland
    New Fund project:
    Resilience of Swiss organic aquacultures
    New Fund project:
     Bio Suisse Fairtrade-certified coconut oil for our chocolate
  • 58,000 t

    SWISSMILL: over 58,000 tonnes of organic and IP SUISSE grains processed

  • 100%

    BELL FOOD GROUP (Hilcona): tofu switched to 100% Swiss organic soya

  • 31%

    BELL FOOD GROUP (Hubers/Sütag): 31% increase in sales of organic poultry products

  • Our targetWe are increasing sales of organic products to CHF 323 million.
    Target indicator: in CHF m
    Accepted standards: Organic bud label, Demeter, BioRe, EU organic logo

  • Comments Our target has been achieved.
  • Measures
    • Ongoing switch to, and greater use of organically-produced raw materials
    • Promotion of organic agriculture through various Fund projects and actions at the production stage
  • Strong inner drive in 2021

    SWISSMILL – Action 397: All organic breads now made from 100% Swiss grains
    REISMÜHLE NUTREX: extended Fund project: Increasing the profitability of organic fairtrade rice from India and Thailand
    HALBA – New Fund project: Bio Suisse Fairtrade-certified coconut oil and dynamic agroforestry-based production on the Côte d’Ivoire
    HALBA – New Fund project: Bio Suisse Fairtrade-certified cashews and mangos from dynamic agroforestry-based production in collaboration with Gebana
    HALBA – Extension of Fund project: Climate protection project involving dynamic agroforestry-based production of organic and fairtrade cocoa in Ecuador
  • New

    Launch of new own-label organic brand NATURA

  • 1,200

    TRANSGOURMET ROMANIA: 1,200 Organic products

  • 200

    TRANSGOURMET SWITZERLAND: over 200 new NATURA products

  • Our targetWe are increasing turnover of organic products to CHF 82 million.
    Target indicator: in CHF m
    Accepted standards: Organic bud label, Demeter, BioRe, EU organic logo

  • CommentsOur target has been achieved.
  • Measures
    • Ongoing expansion of our range of organic products (organic bud label, EU organic logo)
    • Promotion and expansion of the newly-launched Natura own-label organic brand with country-specific and international products
    • TRANSGOURMET ÖSTERREICH: Ausbau und Förderung ihrer Bio-Eigenmarke “natürlich für uns”
  • Strong inner drive in 2021

    TRANSGOURMET GERMANY: New Fund project: Support for businesses switching to organic

SDGs

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Coop is the most expert provider of particularly sustainable ranges.

FAIRTRADE FOCUS ON FAIRNESS

We scrutinize processes: the cultivation of raw materials, processing, trade. To combat poverty and ensure appropriate manufacturing conditions, we have been partnering with Max Havelaar since 1992. The Fairtrade label designates sustainably cultivated fair-trade products from developing countries and emerging markets. Minimum prices guarantee higher and stable incomes, and the Fairtrade premium supports the creation and expansion of local infrastructures, safety or health projects, education and training as well as quality improvements. Long-term trade relationships assure producers they can rely on sales of their goods. Each year, we invest in the expansion of our Fairtrade range and prioritize fairly produced products.

  • 30 years

    Anniversary: 30 years of partnership with Fairtrade Max Havelaar

  • + 1,330

    More than 1,330 fairtrade products in our ranges

  • 20 years

    20 years of fair roses (Action 27)

  • 1 million

    CHF 1 million donated by Coop Pro Montagna to the Coop Mountain Areas Sponsorship Programme

  • Our target

    We are increasing sales of products bearing the Fairtrade Max Havelaar label by a factor of 2.7 (compared with 2012).
    Target indicator:in CHF m
    Accepted standards: all Max Havelaar labels

  • Comments

    Our target has been achieved. We are the world’s largest supplier of Fairtrade products

  • Measures
    • Promotion of fairly produced and traded products with social added value
    • Addition of more Fairtrade products and Fairtrade Sourced Ingredients (FSI) to the range
    • Partnership with Max Havelaar since 1992
    • Promotion of the development of the mountain regions through our own-label brand Pro Montagna: a contribution from each product sold goes to the Coop Aid for Mountain Regions Sponsorship Programme.
    • Promotion of fair-trade textiles and cosmetics through our own-label brand Naturaline
  • Strong inner drive in 2021

    Action 391: Living wages and income for employees of our fairtrade banana producers

    Action 402: Direct supply chain for organic fairtrade coffee from Honduras with living wages

    New Fund project: Bio Suisse Fairtrade-certified coconut oil for our chocolate

    New Fund project: Climate protection project involving dynamic agroforestry-based production of organic and fairtrade cocoa in Ecuador

  • New

    BELL FOOD GROUP (Bell Switzerland): Fairtrade tuna added to the product range
  • Halba

    100% Fairtrade-certified cocoa beans and cocoa butter
    97% Fairtrade-certified mangos
    100% Fairtrade-certified quinoa
    71% Fairtrade-certified cashews
  • Our targetWe are quadrupling turnover of products bearing the Fairtrade label to CHF 129 million (compared with 2012).
    Target indicator: in CHF m
    Accepted standards: Fairtrade Max Havelaar

  • CommentsOur target has been achieved.
  • Measures
    • Steadily increasing the use of fairly produced and traded raw materials and products with social added value
    • Ongoing switch to, and expansion of the range of Fairtrade products and Fairtrade Sourced Ingredients (FSI)
  • Strong inner drive in 2021

    New Action 402: Direct supply chain for organic fairtrade coffee from Honduras with living wages

    REISMÜHLE NUTREX: extended Fund project: Increasing the profitability of organic fairtrade rice from India and Thailand

    HALBA – New Fund project: Bio Suisse Fairtrade-certified coconut oil for our chocolate

    HALBA – New Fund project: Climate protection project involving dynamic agroforestry-based production of organic and fairtrade cocoa in Ecuador

  • Campaign

    TRANSGOURMET GERMANY: Support for the Fairtrade campaign “Fair Week”
  • Our target We are increasing turnover of products with social added value to CHF 40 million
Target indicator: in CHF m
Accepted standards: Fairtrade Max Havelaar, UTZ, Rainforest Alliance

  • CommentsOur target has been achieved.
  • Measures
    • Promotion of fairly produced and traded products with social added value
    • Ongoing process of switching the range to Fairtrade products
    • TRANSGOURMET SWITZERLAND: cooperation with Fairtrade Max Havelaar

SDGs

Coop is the most expert provider of particularly sustainable ranges.

TRULY REGIONAL

Regional products boost regional value creation and promote structurally weak regions. We offer attractive sales opportunities to smaller, artisanal producers in particular. In so doing, we promote value creation in the individual regions, as well as local and transparent products with the shortest possible transport routes. Furthermore, Swiss products satisfy the more stringent social and environmental Swiss minimum standards. Therefore, we would like to offer you a seasonal range of authentic flavours for every region.

  • 88.7%

    of our delivery sales volume is channelled to producers and suppliers from Switzerland
  • CHF 300,000

    from the Swiss National Day “Weggen” campaign by the Coop Mountain Areas Sponsorship Programme to renovate the organic alpine dairy in Vals
  • New

    Launch of Pro Montagna organic goat meat packs
  • 15 years

    15 years of Pro Montagna
  • Our targetWe are increasing turnover of regional products to CHF 500 million.
Target indicator: in CHF m
Accepted standards: Miini Region (incl. Bio-Regio), Pro Montagna, Swiss Parks, AOP/IGP, Marchio Ticino

  • CommentsOur target has not been achieved. The target will no longer apply in the new multi-year target period 2022-2026. We share our stakeholders’ view that, despite many advantages, regional products are not automatically more sustainable than those produced outside the respective region. We will of course continue investing in promoting structurally weak regions and, in particular, pursuing our commitment to Swiss mountain regions.
  • Measures
    • The bulk of our investments are channelled to Swiss service providers and producers.
    • Swiss partners and increase in sales of Swiss products
    • Promotion of our own-label brands Miini Region and Pro Montagna
  • Strong inner drive in 2021

    Action 397: All organic breads now made from 100% Swiss grains

    New Fund project: Organic chickpeas, broad beans and peas from Switzerland

    Extended Fund project: Savurando – Delightful walks in Swiss parks

  • Our targetWe promote the use of Swiss raw materials.


Please note: At the Bell Food Group AG, the target only includes Swiss companies.

  • Comments Our target has been achieved.
  • Measures
    • Ongoing product range expansion and switch to Swiss raw materials
    • Greater cooperation with regional partners and suppliers
  • Strong inner drive in 2021

    SWISSMILL – Action 397: All organic breads now made from 100% Swiss grains

    What % is channelled to producers and suppliers from Switzerland?

    HALBA: 48%

    Steinfels Swiss: 63%

    Reismühle NUTREX: 16%

    Swissmill: 70%

    Bell Food Group (Bell Switzerland): 89%

  • 1,800

    TRANSGOURMET SWITZERLAND: over 1,800 regional products

  • 25%

    TRANSGOURMET RUSSIA: 25% of range from regional producers

  • Study

    TRANSGOURMET GERMANY: “What does regionality mean to our customers?” study

  • New

    TRANSGOURMET POLAND: 17 new, local suppliers and over 140 new regional products

  • Our targetWe offer our customers an expert range of regional and local products


  • CommentsOur target has been achieved. As the Transgourmet Group, we provide important impetus for regional consumption in restaurants and contract catering.
  • Measures
    • Expansion of and active advertising for the regional range specific to each country
    • Closer cooperation with local suppliers
    • Diversification of local range of fruit and vegetables
    • Promotion of our own-label brand Origine/Ursprung/Vonatur: each product is backed by a product and producer history.
  • Strong inner drive in 2021

    TRANSGOURMET GERMANY: New Fund project: Support for businesses switching to organic in Germany

SDGs

Coop is the most expert provider of particularly sustainable ranges.

Non-Food in harmony with people and nature

Our retail range includes a large number of non-food products: from clothes, laundry detergents and wood for crafts, to electronic appliances.Many of these raw materials are cultivated and processed in countries with heightened social and environmental risks. To also ensure responsible product and transparent supply chains for this part of our range, we have developed our own Oecoplan quality label and the own-label brand Naturaline bio & fair for textiles as well as Naturaline Swiss Cosmetics. By continually expanding our range of own-label products produced according to environmentally-friendly and socially acceptable standards, we support sustainable consumer decisions in the non-food segment.

  • 96.6%

    Lumimart: 96.6% of sales from efficient lighting (efficiency class A or higher)
  • 100%

    100% peat-free compost and potted organic seedlings
  • 86.3%

    of the cotton in our clothing and home textiles is certified
  • 91.4%

    of our wood and paper products come from sustainable sources
  • Our targetWe are increasing turnover of environmentally friendly products in the non-food segment to CHF 670 million.
    Target indicator: in CHF m
    Accepted standards: Oecoplan, Naturaline, FSC, Blue Angel, EU Ecolabel, Natrue, BDIH, Ecocert, Cosmos, Topten, Natureplus, Solidarité

  • CommentsOur target has been exceeded. We are particularly pleased with these figures. They underline the growing customer demand for environmentally friendly products, including in the non-food range.
  • Measures
    • Promotion and expansion of the range with our sustainable own-label brands: Oecoplan, Naturaline Swiss Cosmetics, Naturaline bio & fair
    • Partnership with the WWF and cooperation with the establishment of Oecoplan in 1989
    • Due to social and environmental challenges in production, the raw materials wood, palm oil and cotton are treated as critical raw materials and we subject them to more intense scrutiny.
  • Strong inner drive in 2021

    Action 399: 50 environmentally friendly alternatives to pest control at Building & Hobby

    New Fund project: Life cycle assessments for all fibres used in Naturaline textiles

    Extended Fund project: Organic cotton from India and Tanzania for Naturaline textiles (training for farmers in organic agriculture, quality assurance in the value chain, seed development)

SDGs

Coop has transparent product chains that take account of people, animals and the environment.

Visible Transparency

We want to know where our products come from and the conditions in which they were produced. The more complex the value chains, the harder it is to know them at every level and ensure compliance with sustainability standards. To boost transparency and traceability along the entire production and supply chain, we continually analyse our existing supply chains and adapt them to new insights. To enable our customers to make transparent buying decisions, origin, product contents and manufacturing conditions must be clear, and visible on the packaging. We also publish our commitment in the annual Sustainability Progress Report and report openly and honestly on our targets and whether we have achieved them.

  • BSCI

    Audited according to social standards:

    food processors: 87%

    non-food product processors: 89%

    food importers: 95%

    non-food product importers: 85%

  • Recalls

    100% peat-free compost and potted organic seedlings

  • 86.3%

    Product recalls in 2021: 24 (19 food-5 non-food)

  • Our targetWe create transparency/traceability of own-label brands beyond the production and supply chain.
  • Comments

    Our target has been achieved. In our new target period, we are focussing on 100% traceability for all critical raw materials for our entire own-label range.

  • Measures
    … in production and processing
    • Promotion of transparency and traceability through continual risk screening and monitoring as well as effective optimization of product chains
    • Ensuring traceability for Coop own-label brands up to at least the last value-adding processing stage and, for critical raw materials, right back to primary production
    • Critical raw materials: compliance with sustainable minimum and animal welfare standards
    • Non-food and processed products: auditing of suppliers for social standards in risk countries (amfori BSCI)
    • Our Guideline on Sustainable Sourcing: applies to all our business partners as well as suppliers of own-label brands AND third-party brands
    • Our Code of Conduct prohibits any form of exploitation, extortion, bribery or corruption
    • Annual mapping projects: Analysis of the entire supply chain of high-risk products
  • … at the sales outlet
    • Our Labelling Guideline: guarantees transparent and clear product labelling, certifications with sustainability standards for conscious consumer decisions
    • Own-label brands Naturaplan and Naturafarm Poulet: traceability back to the farm, with ID code/name of producer on the packaging
    • Own-label brand Naturaline bio & fair: traceability through numerical code beyond production stages
  • Strong inner drive in 2021

    New Action 401: Creating transparency in our own-label products

    Mapping project: Analysis of the entire tea value chain (from the field to our supermarkets)

  • 65%

    of all manufacturing companies have been audited for social standards (BSCI or equivalent).

  • Guarantee

    REISMÜHLE NUTREX: guaranteed traceability of all raw materials to the manufacturing companies

  • Preparations

    BELL FOOD GROUP: making preparations for comprehensive data collection from 2022 onwards to fulfil the multi-year targets and the supply chain law

  • Our targetWe are able to transparently illustrate the product chain for all products and trace products through each production stage.
  • CommentsOur target has been achieved. Transparency to the first stage of value-added processing is assured for all our raw materials. However, we repeatedly encounter challenges ensuring traceability to the origin, so the issue of transparency features even more prominently in the new multi-year targets, with specific quantitative targets.
  • Measures
    • Promotion of transparency and traceability through effective optimization of the product chains
    • For critical raw materials: compliance with sustainable minimum standards, traceability back to primary production, compliance with animal welfare standards
  • Strong inner drive in 2021

    HALBA: New Fund project: Digitalization of the supply chain for cocoa to ensure greater transparency in Honduras

    HALBA: Mapping project: Analysis of the entire hazelnut supply chain in Turkey

    HALBA – New Fund project: New Fund project: Safeguarding long-term, transparent and direct supply of sustainably produced cashew nuts and dried mangos from Burkina Faso

    HALBA – New Fund project: Purchasing project for Bio Suisse Fairtrade-certified coconut oil from the Côte d’Ivoire as a substitute for palm oil in chocolate fillings

  • Preparations

    TRANSGOURMET GERMANY: making preparations for comprehensive data collection from 2022 onwards to fulfil the multi-year targets and the supply chain law

  • New

    TRANSGOURMET ROMANIA: new guideline for product transparency across all production stages

  • +200

    TRANSGOURMET ÖSTERREICH: over 200 VONATUR products in the range

  • Our target We are able to transparently illustrate the product chain for own-label products and trace products through each production stage.
  • CommentsOur target has been achieved. We have planned more projects in the coming year, and the issue of transparency will feature even more prominently in the new multi-year targets, with specific quantitative targets.
  • Measures
    • Expanding and promoting our own-label brand Origine/Ursprung/Vonatur: guaranteed traceability back to the producer
    • Ongoing expansion of data collection, including product origin
    • For critical raw materials: compliance with sustainable minimum standards, traceability back to primary production, compliance with animal welfare standards

SDGs

Coop has transparent product chains that take account of people, animals and the environment.

Focus on raw materials

Together with our stakeholders, we have identified the critical raw materials in our purchasing, and the biggest environmental and social challenges encountered in their production. As the Coop Group, we want to consistently enforce sustainable minimum standards in primary production, in order to minimize our negative impacts. We focus on countries of origin where there is an increased risk of violations of social and environmental standards.

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What percentage of the critical raw materials used in our own brands meet sustainable minimum standards?


COCOA

Challenges Working conditions, water, pesticide use, child labour

Criteria Fairtrade, Bio Suisse, UTZ, Rainforest Alliance



COFFEE

Challenges Working conditions, water, pesticide use, child labour

Criteria Fairtrade, Bio Suisse, UTZ, Rainforest Alliance



HAZELNUTS

Challenges Working conditions, child labour

Criteria Bio Suisse, UTZ



PALM OIL

Challenges Deforestation, child labour, land-use conflicts

Criteria RSPO IP, RSPO Segregated, Bio Suisse



PALM OIL NON-FOOD

Challenges Deforestation, child labour, land-use conflicts

Criteria RSPO IP, RSPO Segregated, RSPO MB, Bio Suisse



RICE

Challenges Deforestation, working conditions, child labour, methane emissions

Criteria Fairtrade, Bio Suisse



SOYA IN ANIMAL FEED

Challenges Deforestation, water, working conditions

Criteria Bio Suisse, ProTerra, Danube Soya, RTRS Non GM (data relate to imports of Soy Network Switzerland)



FRUIT, VEGETABLES

Challenges Traceability/pesticide use

Criteria GlobalGap, SwissGAP

Challenges Water

Criteria SPRING, EWS, AWS

Challenges Working conditions

Criteria Fairtrade, Rainforest Alliance, SA8000, IMO, BSCI PP, GRASP, SIZA, Sedex/SMETA



FRUIT, VEGETABLES, PROCESSED

Challenges Traceability/pesticide use

Criteria GlobalGap, SwissGAP

Challenges Working conditions

Criteria Fairtrade, Rainforest Alliance, SA8000, IMO, BSCI PP, GRASP, SIZA, Sedex/SMETA



FLOWERS, PLANTS

Challenges Traceability/pesticide use

Criteria GlobalGap, SwissGAP

Challenges Working conditions

Criteria Fairtrade, Rainforest Alliance, SA8000, IMO, BSCI PP, GRASP, SIZA, Sedex/SMETA



WOOD / PAPER

Challenges Deforestation, working conditions

Criteria FSC, PEFC, Recycling



COTTON

Challenges Water, pesticide use, child labour

Criteria Fairtrade, Bio Suisse, bioRE, BCI, CmiA, OCS



FISH

Challenges Overfishing, bycatch, working conditions, antibiotic and pesticide use

Criteria WWF Score 1 – 3



MEET

Challenges Animal welfare

Criteria Bio Suisse, Suisse Garantie, Naturafarm, PAS, ROEL, Natura Beef, Natura Veal, Import: CH AniPA



MILK

Challenges Animal welfare

Criteria Bio Suisse, Suisse Garantie, PAS, ROEL, Import: CH AniPA



CHEESE

Challenges Animal welfare

Criteria Bio Suisse, Suisse Garantie, BTS, RAUS, Import: CH AniPA



DAIRY PRODUCTS

Challenges Animal welfare

Criteria Bio Suisse, Suisse Garantie, PAS, ROEL, Import: CH AniPA



EGGS

Challenges Animal welfare

Criteria Bio Suisse, Suisse Garantie, Naturafarm, PAS, ROEL Import: CH AniPA/KAT barn husbandry* (*standard accepted since 2020)



EGGS PROCESSED

Challenges Animal welfare

Criteria Bio Suisse, Suisse Garantie, Naturafarm, BTS, ROEL Import: CH AniPA




  • Nr.1

    1st place on the WWF Palm Oil Scorecard rating
  • Nr.1

    1st place for Halba in the Chocolate Scorecard rating
  • Tea

    Prix Garantie teas are now UTZ/Rainforest Alliance-certified
  • 100%

    of our coffee range is certified sustainable
  • Target 1:We secure sustainable purchasing over the long term for key raw materials.

    Comments We have achieved our target.
  • Target 2:

    We apply at least sustainable minimum standards to 93.3% of critical raw materials used in our own-label brands.

    Target indicator: %


    Comments Our target has not been achieved. We implemented projects and made improvements for almost all our raw materials identified as critical (Raw Materials Road Map). Due, however, to the difficult procurement situation, the targets set for 2021 could not be met. In the new target period, we have widened our scope and added coconut, almonds, cashews and tea to the list of critical raw materials.
  • Measures
    • Systematically implementing sustainable minimum standards for critical raw materials in primary production.
    • Fair, long-term and trusting business relationships
    • Commitment to the ongoing development of sustainable minimum standards through active involvement in appropriate committees (go to our Memberships)
    • Partnerships with the WWF, Max Havelaar and Bio Suisse of many years’ standing
    • Guideline on Sustainable Sourcing: applies to all of our business partners as well as suppliers of own-label brands and third-party brands.
    • Our Code of Conduct: prohibits any form of exploitation, extortion, bribery or corruption
  • Strong inner drive in 2021

    Action 397: All organic breads now made from 100% Swiss grains

    New Fund project: Setting up a bud-certified palm oil value chain

    New Fund project: Resilience of Swiss organic aquacultures

    New Fund project: Safeguarding long-term, transparent and direct supply of sustainably produced cashew nuts and dried mangos from Burkina Faso

  • Nr.1

    HALBA: 1st place in the Chocolate Scorecard rating

  • 50%

    HALBA: 50% of pulses/seeds from Europe

  • 100%

    STEINFELS SWISS: 100% certified palm oil (RSPO)

  • WWF

    BELL FOOD GROUP (Bell Switzerland): Renewal of seafood agreement with the WWF

  • 100%

    BELL FOOD GROUP (Hilcona): Tofu switched to 100% Swiss organic soya

  • 31%

    BELL FOOD GROUP (Hubers/Sütag): 31% increase in sales of organic poultry products

  • Target 1 We secure sustainable purchasing over the long term for key raw materials.
  • Target 2We apply sustainable minimum standards to 90.6% of our critical raw materials.
    Target indicator: %

    Please note: Not all our manufacturing companies use the same raw materials. Therefore, this target applies to the sourcing volume for:

    • BELL FOOD GROUP AG (BELL SWITZERLAND): meat, dairy products, eggs, fruit and vegetables, fish and seafood, palm oil
    • COOP BAKERIES: dairy products, eggs, fruit and vegetables, cocoa, hazelnuts, palm oil
    • HALBA: dairy products, cocoa, hazelnuts, fruit and vegetables
    • REISMÜHLE NUTREX: rice
    • STEINFELS SWISS: palm oil
    • SWISSMILL: dairy products
  • CommentsOur targets have both been achieved.
  • Measures
    • Systematically implementing sustainable minimum standards for critical raw materials in primary production.
    • Fair, long-term and trusting business relationships
  • Strong inner drive in 2021

    REISMÜHLE BRUNNEN – extended Fund project: Increasing the profitability of organic fairtrade rice from India and Thailand

    HALBA – New Fund project: Climate protection project involving dynamic agroforestry-based production of organic and fairtrade cocoa in Ecuador

    HALBA – New Fund project: Safeguarding long-term, transparent and direct supply of sustainably produced cashew nuts and dried mangos from Burkina Faso

  • New

    Launch of Trans­gourmet own-label organic brand Natura

  • Switch

    TRANSGOURMET GERMANY: palm oil in cakes and tarts switched to sunflower oil

  • Guideline

    TRANSGOURMET POLAND: launch of own sustainability guideline

  • 10%

    TRANSGOURMET ROMANIA: 10% of critical raw materials used are certified to minimum sustainability standards

  • Our target We promote sustainability standards for the critical raw materials used in our own-label brands.
  • Comments Our target has not been achieved. In the new multi-year target period 2022-2026, all national subsidiaries will focus more intensely on critical raw materials and adopt quantitative targets to make their ranges more sustainable.
  • Measures
    • Systematically implementing sustainable minimum standards for critical raw materials in primary production
    • Fair, long-term and trusting business relationships

SDGs

Coop has transparent product chains that take account of people, animals and the environment.

Better animal welfare

Eggs, milk and meat: we and our customers want these raw materials to come only from humanely reared animals, so we have firmly enshrined animal welfare in our strategy. Animal welfare refers both to the health and well-being of livestock and their ability to engage in natural behaviours. To ensure humane animal husbandry practices have been followed, we are committed to stringent, recognized animal welfare standards, promote innovative solutions for improving husbandry, and create a distinctive profile through various projects and schemes to promote animal welfare.

  • 10%

    of our food sales from products with added value from an animal welfare perspective

  • New

    Launch of animal welfare strategy for the whole Coop Group

  • Additional usage

    Eggs and meat from “Happy Cockerel” initiative

  • 100%

    of veal from suckler cow husbandry (Naturaveal)

  • New

    Pro Montagna goat meat packs

  • Fusion

    Animal welfare meets biodiversity: the Coop Naturafarm and IP Suisse standards merged for pigs

  • 100%

    Swiss milk in the range

  • Our target We implement more rigorous animal welfare standards for our entire meat, dairy, and egg range (satisfying Swiss legislation as a minimum) and promote innovative solutions to improve commercial livestock husbandry.

    Please note: We insist on observance of minimum animal welfare standards for all our animal raw materials (Raw Materials Road Map)

  • CommentsOur target has been achieved. A group-wide animal welfare strategy was drawn up in 2021 and communicated at the start of 2022.
  • Measures
    • Promotion and implementation of more stringent animal welfare standards in the meat, milk and eggs range
    • Guideline on Sustainable Sourcing: ban on hormones and growth promoters that are prohibited in Switzerland, and on preventive antibiotic use throughout the range
    • No-go list for the whole Coop Group
    • long-term partnership with Swiss Animal Protection (SAP)
    • promotion and marketing of our animal welfare own-label brands: Naturaplan and Naturafarm
    • Coop animal welfare programmes: free-range geese, PAS rabbits and PAS chicken Switzerland, PAS and ROEL turkeys Switzerland, pasture grazing for horses
    • Flagship projects: grassland pigs, mountain pigs, dual-purpose chickens, Original Simmertaler, Natura-Beef (rearing calves with their own or foster mothers)
  • 30.5%

    BELL FOOD GROUP AG (Bell Switzerland): 30.5% of meat and meat products have an animal welfare label

  • 100%

    HALBA: 100% of eggs KAG free range-certified, 100% of milk from Switzerland

  • 100%

    BELL FOOD GROUP AG (Bell Switzerland): 100% suckler cow husbandry of veal for Coop own-label brand Naturafarm

  • 31%

    BELL FOOD GROUP (Hubers/Sütag): 31% increase in sales of organic poultry products

  • Price

    BELL FOOD GROUP (Bell Germany): own-label brand Gourmet Naturel awarded the label of animal welfare association Gesellschaft zur Förderung des Tierwohl in der Nutztierhaltung mbH

  • Our target We ensure that the animal raw materials used (meat, dairy, eggs) originate from humane animal husbandry.
  • Comments Our target has been achieved. An animal welfare strategy for the whole group was drawn up in 2021.
  • Measures
    • Promoting enhanced animal welfare standards for animal raw materials
    • Ongoing process of switching the range to raw materials produced using organic or access-to-range and free-range methods
    • No-go list for the whole Coop
    • BELL FOOD GROUP AG: annual audits of slaughterhouses by independent inspection bodies, founder and committed supporter of the Verein Original Simmertaler to promote Simmental cattle
  • New

    TRANSGOURMET GERMANY: delisting of all battery farm eggs in egg products

  • +20%

    TRANSGOURMET ROMANIA: increase in sales of eggs and milk from organic agricultural methods: +20% and for meat: +8.1

  • Vegan

    Launch of new international brand “Plant-based”

  • Our target We are mindful of animal welfare throughout our range and create a distinctive profile in selected ranges.
  • Comments Our target has been achieved. An animal welfare strategy for the whole group was drawn up in 2021. We remain committed to humanely produced raw materials of animal origin and, in the new multi-year target period 2022-2026, will pay even more attention to these animal-based raw materials with quantitative targets.
  • Measures
    • Promotion and implementation of higher animal welfare standards in the meat, milk and egg range
    • range being switched to raw materials produced using organic or access-to-range and free-range methods
    • Launch of new Transgourmet own-label brand Natura, with organically produced raw materials of animal origin
    • No-go list for the whole Coop Group
    • Own brand Origine/Vonatur with guaranteed traceability back to the producer, many products with added animal welfare value (suckler cow husbandry, free-range, organic) as well as Natura (organic standard).
  • Strong inner drive in 2021

    TRANSGOURMET FRANCE: Launch of animal welfare projects for eggs and chicken

SDGs

Coop has transparent product chains that take account of people, animals and the environment.

PACKAGING: REUSE, REDUCE, RECYCLE

The manufacture and disposal of packaging can have a negative environmental impact. To save resources and avoid waste, we are continually reducing and optimizing our packaging material according to the 3R principle (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle). As part of this, when conducting the life-cycle assessment we must take account not just of the material, but also the packaging in conjunction with its functions and the influence on shelf life, contamination, or damage to the product. If necessary, to protect the product and preserve quality, we use more environmentally friendly materials or recycled materials. This enables to save not only on resources, but also a lot of energy that is used in manufacture, transport, and disposal.

  • 56

    projects implemented to reduce packaging and plastics

  • Cardboard

    Cooked Naturaplan eggs now packaged in cardboard

  • DIY

    Filling stations for mineral water, beer, laundry and dishwashing detergents, basic foods

  • Plastic

    Switching packaging of: raclette cheese (-2.7t of plastic), organic salads (-15t of plastic), herbs (-63t of plastic), meat (-76t of plastic), bananas (-14t of plastic)

  • 400 t

    400 tonnes of fossil-based plastics replaced with recycled materials in plant pots sold by Building & Hobby

    • Our targetWe are reducing and optimizing our packaging material by 4,000 tonnes (compared with 2012).
      Target indicator: Tonnes


 
  • CommentsOur target has been achieved. Last year, we reduced (16.4%) or optimized (83.6%) our packaging material by around 1037 tonnes. According to our Packaging Roadmap we will reduce plastics by 20% by 2026.
  • Measures
    • Reduction in our packaging material along the entire value chain
    • Expansion of range of unpackaged products
    • Closure of cycles by reusing reusable materials
    • Optimization of our packaging material by using innovative packaging options with an equivalent or better life-cycle assessment
    • Ban on bioplastics
    • Switch from paper and cardboard packaging to recycled or FSC material (Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified products from sustainable forestry)
    • Promotion of packaging recycling with recycling stations at sales outlets
    • No printed till receipts and promotion of shopping with a multi-bag (multi-purpose bag made from FSC cellulose – Action no. 352)
    • Partnerships in the circular economy
  • Strong inner drive in 2021

    Action 393: New unpackaged and reusable solutions in stores and in restaurants

  • -60%

    BELL FOOD GROUP (Bell Switzerland): FlatSkin packaging for fresh meat = reducing plastic in packaging by around 60%

  • New

    BELL FOOD GROUP (Hubers/Sütag): start made on switching secondary packaging to IFCO containers

  • Innovation

    BELL FOOD GROUP (Bell Germany): innovation project with interleaving spray system (replacing plastic with an ultra-fine, sprayed layer of organic vegetable oil)

  • Our target

    We are reducing and optimizing our packaging material by 2,700 tonnes compared with 2012 (end packaging and repackaging, end packaging is the priority).

    Target indicator: Tonnes

  • CommentsOur target has been achieved.
  • Measures
    • Reduction in our packaging material along the entire value chain (particularly cling film and corrugated cardboard)
    • Optimization of our packaging material by using innovative packaging options with an equivalent or better life-cycle assessment
  • -2%

    TRANSGOURMET GERMANY: total packaging volume -2% year-on-year

  • 60%

    TRANSGOURMET POLAND: 60% of plastic shopping bags replaced with paper bags

  • Trials

    TRANSGOURMET GERMANY: trials of sustainable packaging alternatives for fresh fish and meat

  • Our targetWe analyse the relevant packaging volumes that we are able to influence and set reduction and optimization targets on that basis.
  • CommentsOur target has not been achieved. In the new multi-year target period 2022-2026, we are pursuing quantitative reduction and optimization targets for our packaging.
  • Measures
    • Use of sustainable packaging and reusable solutions, plastic-free where possible
    • Ongoing review of product packaging to identify potential improvements
    • Switch to open sale for fruit and vegetables
  • Strong inner drive in 2021

    Transgourmet Germany – New Fund project: Development of a comprehensive plastics and packaging strategy

SDGs

Coop has transparent product chains that take account of people, animals and the environment.

BRAND RANGE CLEAR STANDARDS IN BRANDED RANGE TOO

We believe our own-label brands offer by far the greatest scope for action. In order to help make the entire food industry more sustainable in the long run, we also require our brand manufacturers to comply with customary, or their own sustainability standards.

  • 9.1%

    Percentage of coffee that meets sustainability standard (brands): 9.1% (Accepted standards: Fairtrade, Bio Suisse, EU organic logo, UTZ, Rainforest Alliance)

  • 14.9%

    Percentage of cocoa that meets sustainability standard (brands): 14.9% (Accepted standards: Fairtrade, Bio Suisse, EU organic logo, UTZ, Rainforest Alliance)

  • 81%

    Percentage of physically sustainable palm oil in food (brands): 81% (Accepted standards: RSPO IP, RSPO Segregated, RSPO Mass Balance, Bio Suisse)

  • Our target

    We also require brand manufacturers to comply with customary sustainability standards or their own, adequate sustainability standards.

  • CommentsOur target has not been achieved. However, our influence and scope remains greatest where own-label brands are concerned. The next Green Business Partner Conference is planned for 2022.
  • Measures
    • Guideline on Sustainable Sourcing: applies to all of our business partners as well as suppliers of own-label brands AND third-party brands
    • Definition of internal targets for critical raw materials in branded goods (coffee, cocoa, palm oil, peat)
    • Multi-year targets for the critical raw materials “fish and seafood” and “wood and paper” also for the brand range
    • Launch of branded products bearing the bud label under our own-label brand Naturaplan
    • Organisation of the Stakeholder Forum and the Green Business Partner Conference

SDGs