AN INDEPENDENT Co-operative, which operates retail, funeral and cafe services in the south of England, has been awarded one of the most prestigious awards for UK business – the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise.
Southern Co-op is one of 31 organizations nationwide to be recognized with the award in the Sustainability category. Her Majesty The Queen personally endorses the award winners.
Organizers of the award said: “The past few years have been exceptionally challenging for business and this achievement is a testament to the resilience you and your staff have shown in these unprecedented times.
“Southern Co-op receives the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Sustainable Development because it can clearly demonstrate that it achieves its original aim of putting purpose before profit.”
The awards celebrate the success of exciting and innovative companies that lead the way with pioneering products or services, deliver impressive social mobility programs, or show their commitment to excellent sustainability practices.
Mark Smith, General Manager of Southern Co-op, said, “We are honored to have received this important and highly respected title. We are committed to being a responsible and sustainable company. Businessby playing our part in creating a fairer society and a sustainable world.
“Our colleagues work hard to achieve this goal in all aspects of our business and this award recognizes not only the progress we have made, but also the high standards to which they work.
“In our article, we explained that the Southern Co-op was created almost 150 years ago in response to the societal challenges of the time – exploitation, inequality and poverty.
“Many of these challenges unfortunately still exist today, alongside environmental challenges such as climate change, dwindling natural resources and endangered wildlife/habitats. We all need to continue to work together to address these issues and really do a difference for our future”.
Southern Co-op operates convenience stores, cafes, funeral services and natural crematoria/cemeteries in over 300 locations across the south of England.
He is currently working on science-based targets to reduce the company’s direct and indirect greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, supported by a climate action pathway of planned activity and an initial investment of 5.8 million pounds.
Gemma Lacey, Southern Co-op’s Director of Sustainability and Communications, said: “There was a lot of information and evidence needed for this award, but it also made us reflect on how far we’ve come and the progress we’ve made. to make our business sustainable.
“From reducing energy consumption and supporting renewables to transitioning to electric vehicles and tackling food waste, a range of ongoing projects will help deliver our climate goals and ambitions. But there is always more to do and we hope to continue inspiring others to take action and join us on this journey towards a sustainable future.”
The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise is now in its 56th year and winning companies will be able to use the prestigious Queen’s Awards emblem for the next five years.