Nina Elomaa, Senior Vice President for Sustainability – S Group
Mike Pickering, Corporate Social Responsibility Manager – Midcounties Co-operative
Charlotta Szczepanowski, Head of Sustainability & Quality – Coop
Carmen Redondo Borge, Director of Institutional Relations – HISPACOOP
Todor Ivanov, Secretary-General – Euro Coop
The session’s remit will include: tackling food waste/loss, optimising packaging, product labelling, sustainable resource management, empowering consumers through awareness and education about sustainable consumption and healthy lifestyles, and the post-consumption efforts to see “waste” as energy use. Consumer co-ops are drivers of circular economy. They are member-owned retailers, who base their economic efforts on maximising benefits, not profit, by satisfying the interests and needs of their individual members and the local communities they live in. Empowering consumers is pursued through radical transparency of all aspects of the business – the operations, the origin of the goods and their environmental footprint, quality, even consumption/storage advise. That is underpinned by campaigns engaging consumers on all aspects of food and sustainability. The Co-op own brand operationalises the co-op principles and values to offer healthy, safe, quality products at affordable prices.