Co-op triumphs in Euro eco awards

The Co-operative Group has seen off stiff European competition to take home one of the top accolades in this year's European Business Awards for the Environment.

The company beat 125 national award winners from 27 EU member states to scoop the prestigious Management Award at the ceremony in Brussels during the EU's Green Week.

It follows last year's win at the Business Commitment to the Environment (BCE) Awards, which allowed the Co-operative to be entered into the European award scheme this year.

Judges praised the company for its strategic vision to reduce its environmental impact, and its commitment to sustainable development.

Chris Shearlock, Environment Manager at the Group, commented: "At The Co-operative Group, we are dedicated to improving the environment and counteracting climate change.

"The recognition we have gained, first through winning the Business Commitment to the Environment Award and now being chosen for the Business Awards for the Environment means a great deal to us.

"Environmental commitment is intrinsic to our identity as a company, and it is wonderful to receive independent recognition from the EU in this way."

Sir Anthony Cleaver, president of the BCE Awards, said: "The Co-operative Group is a deserving winner at the European Business Awards for the Environment.

"I am thrilled that their BCE win last year has led to further success. For over thirty years, the BCE Awards have recognised outstanding organisations that have achieved environmental excellence through innovation and invention."

Kate Martin



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