Midcounties in the Running for Green Award
Published 2 May 2019 in Community
The Midcounties Co-operative, headquartered in Warwick, has been nominated for a prestigious environmental award thanks to its commitment to sustainability. The Society is a finalist for the Environmental Sustainability Award at this year’s Business in the Community (BITC) Responsible Business Awards, which will be announced on the 9th July.
The judges praised The Midcounties Co-operative for its Sustainable Communities programme, which has engaged with more than 200,000 members across its 20 regional communities, including Warwick and Leamington. As part of this, Midcounties has partnered with 50 schools, running educational workshops and activities to engage young people in combatting climate change and reducing plastic waste.
As well as this, The Midcounties Co-operative has reduced its energy usage by 15% since 2010, saving more than 7,000 tonnes of CO2. The Society has also helped its members and customers to reduce their own energy usage, most notably through Co-op Energy switching to 100% renewable electricity as standard across all its tariffs.
Co-op Energy is also the UK’s leading supporter of community-generated energy, sourcing renewable power from 80 different community-led schemes across the country. It supports people who have grouped together to set up projects like solar farms or hydro generators to power their own homes and to also sell electricity back to the grid.
The BITC Environmental Sustainability award aims to recognise businesses that are developing models of smart growth that lead to better use of resources, nurture healthy ecosystems and tackle climate change.
Mike Pickering, CSR Manager at The Midcounties Co-operative, said: “Protecting the environment is a core value for us, and we believe that by educating the minds of the future, we can have a massive, positive impact on the planet.
“On top of this, we’re also committed to raising awareness in the communities in which we operate, to encourage others to live sustainably where they can. We’re proud to have been nominated for this award and will continue to educate people about how to make greener choices.”
Amanda Mackenzie, chief executive of Business in the Community, said: “Organisations which acknowledge their responsibility to society by evolving their business to be a sustainable one for the long term should be recognised and celebrated.
“We are proud of The Midcounties Co-operative who have been selected as a Responsible Business Awards 2019 finalist. Together, all the finalists are helping to make the UK the world leader in responsible business.”