CoopStory featured in the Made in Countdown 2010 publication
ActionAcknowledging that organic production assures better sustainable management of resources and can increase biodiversity, Coop – the first Swiss supermarket chain – felt the need to act. The company fosters organic agriculture at various levels: it has established a close partnership with Bio Suisse (Swiss organic farmers association, www.bio-suisse.ch) and launched the organic brand Naturaplan. Coop also finances research and sourcing projects at the Research Institute for Organic Farming (FiBL) and cooperates with Remei AG (www.remei.ch) on organic cotton project involving more than 10,000 farmers in India and Tanzania. Coop also promotes biodiversity measures in 50 organic farms in Switzerland.
In 2010, Coop has launched a large-scale participatory campaign focused on the importance of biodiversity. The campaign includes hands-on action enabling customers to sow wildflower seeds of endangered species. Coop pays an amount equal to saving 1 m2 of dry meadows for each participant to Pro Natura (www.pronatura.ch), the biggest Swiss environmental protection association. In collaboration with Swiss rapper Stress, Coop produced a special song for a TVcommercial which heralds a wake-up call for the biodiversity crisis (www.coop.ch/nachhaltigkeit).
- Naturaplan and other Coop flagship labels
- Coop’s hands-on action (in German)
- Coop and organic farming (in German)
- Cotton Times, April 2010 (in English)
- Bio Suisse standards for Naturaplan labeling (in English)
Photo: A Swiss organic farmer Peter Zahner, whose animal and plant paradise can be preserved thanks to Coop enabling to sell the fruit from his standard trees © Marius Born, Winterthur