Co-op launches sustainability payment pilot for farmers
Co-op has launched a pilot scheme in which farmers in its beef supply chain are financially rewarded for sustainable farming practices.
In a partnership with supplier Dunbia, Co-op’s two-year Beef Sustainability Pilot will enable the convenience retailer to monitor the impact of integrating sustainable farming practices within its beef supply base. It will also help to provide accurate emissions data and will inform actions on an integral part of Co-op plans to be net zero by 2040.
Farmers in the pilot group, which represents around 10% of Co-op’s beef supply chain, will be supported throughout the programme and have access to a bespoke emission reduction plan. The sustainability dividend received by farmers will be linked to the level of reductions achieved over the course of the scheme.
Joseph Keating, Co-op’s agriculture manager, said: “Recognising and rewarding farmers who are leading the way and making positive changes to reduce their carbon footprint is important in developing a more resilient and sustainable agriculture industry, so we’re thrilled to announce our new Beef Sustainability Pilot at Co-op alongside Dunbia.
“As a responsible retailer, we continue to lead on the issues that matter most to our member owners and customers, and supporting British farmers on their collective sustainability journey is at the very heart of this. We know that by investing in British agriculture, we are investing in the UK economy, supporting farming communities and meeting our members concerns for food provenance.”