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Social & Environmental

Social responsibility affects everything we do, including how we invest our profits. We do business to make a difference and contribute to a better world.

In 2016 alone we invested over £500,000 in 40 co-operatives, community benefit societies and other socially responsible projects.

Our largest investment so far is £300,000 in the share capital of Southill Community Energy, which is a large-scale solar farm in Oxfordshire producing green energy and reducing carbon emissions. 

Other recent renewable energy investments include in Greater Manchester Community Renewables; Carmarthenshire Energy; and MaidEnergy - which builds solar schemes on schools in the Maidenhead area.

We are committed to contributing to growth and development to make a positive and lasting impact. Other partnerships include the Small Wind Co-op and Oldham Community Power. Oldham Community Power is a community initiative whose aim is to generate electricity from renewable sources based on Council owned and community buildings.

There are innovative community benefit societies and exciting projects such as Scotland the Bread, which promotes the benefits of artisan bread making using locally grown wheat varieties.

We believe that the principles of co-operation can drive business success whilst delivering mutual benefit contributing towards a more sustainable and fairer world.