Co-op Fortnight 2020
Led by Co-op’s UK, every year hundreds of co‑ops and organisations across the UK work together to promote co‑ops during Co‑op Fortnight.
22 Jun 2020 - 5 Jul 2020
This year Co-op Fortnight runs from 22nd June to 5th July and will focus on harnessing some of the new forms of co-operation we’ve seen during the coronavirus pandemic, helping to change society for the better.
Now we’ve seen what can happen when we ALL co-operate. Let’s build something better together #KeepCooperating
We’d like to thank you for your support and engagement during Co-op Fortnight 2020, as it now comes towards the end of the two weeks.
The 4th July marks International Day of Co-operatives, an annual celebration of the global co-operative movement, with the focus this year being on Climate Action, one of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals
Alongside other co-ops, we’ve pledged our support for these Global Goals, making sure they are at the heart of our business activities, supporting our mission of creating a better, fairer world. This support was highlighted in a joint statement published by Co-ops UK earlier this week, which you can read below.
Co-op Fortnight Joint Statement
Our co-operatives and the communities which we serve have faced immense challenges throughout the COVID-19 crisis. Co-operatives have always thrived in periods of social and economic change, when needs go unmet and people look to themselves and others for support.
All co-operatives share the principle ‘Concern for the community’, and this has been at the heart of our response to this crisis. Individually and collectively, we have all stepped up to protect our people, keep our communities served and our partners supported. None of this could have been achieved without co-operation and collaboration.
We now have a unique opportunity to work together to rebuild our economy and communities with responsibility, fairness and kindness at its core. Let’s build something better together.
As co-operatives we believe it is important that we play our part locally but also globally. That’s why we are all supporting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which are in effect the ‘to do list’ for the world, focusing on, and addressing, the world’s biggest challenges and a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity.
The COVID-19 crisis has touched most, if not all of these Goals, having a disproportionate impact on communities already disadvantaged by pre-existing inequalities. The achievement of these goals is now more important than ever and reinforces the need for urgent, large-scale action.
We recognise that the global societal and environmental challenges we face can’t be achieved alone and that there is power in co-operation. We remain committed to continuing to work together as co-operatives and with others, so we build a better future together.
How have we celebrated Co-op Fortnight 2020?
If you've been following us on social media, then you will have seen that each day we've been showcasing the showcasing some of the great work we've been doing to throughout our communities, supporting those most at need during the coronavirus pandemic.
We kicked off Co-op Fortnight by relaunching our hugely successful Food Bank Fund!
Throughout the pandemic, our fund helped to support over 60 food bank groups, to keep supporting the most vulnerable in our communities.
To find out more about our Food Bank Fund and how you can help, click here.
You can find out more about what we've been doing to support our local communities during the pandemic by watching our Members Helping Members video by clicking here.
During the second week of Co-op Fortnight we have focused on looking at a more co-operative future and our support of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
You can find out more about the support being provided across the co-op movement by watching Co-ops UK’s video by clicking here.
Your Member Survey
There is still time for you to have your say on our Values in Action survey if you haven’t yet completed it, by clicking here.