Simply Sustainable

Refocusing ethical business at CEC

We developed Central England Co-operative’s new sustainability plan, covering all parts of its business operations and prioritising relationships with key stakeholders

Creating the foundations for deep, positive impact


Impacts and benefits

  • More focused, inspiring ethical business strategic framework
  • Aligned sustainability with commercial objectives and Co-operative Values and Principles
  • Improved leadership engagement and oversight of responsible business issues

No matter what the scale of the project Nicola and the team give their very best. Their knowledge and experience is wide and varied and has proved invaluable to growing our CR competency. Hannah Gallimore Corporate Responsibility Manager, Central England Co-operative

The story

At Simply Sustainable, working with our clients to create sustainability strategies that will have a deep positive environmental and social impact while adding tangible business value is at the very core of what we do.

So when we started talking to the team at Central England Co-operative, one of the UK’s largest independent co-operative societies, about their hopes for a new ethical business plan, we knew it was a great fit. They wanted an approach that would enhance their values, create deep positive impact and support the business’ commercial goals.

We began with a detailed analysis of various internal and external factors which helped to draw out CEC’s strengths and weaknesses, major sector and national trends, and local social issues. During the next stage we gathered crucial insights from employees, customers, partners and local communities through surveys, workshops and leadership interviews.

The resulting plan identified CEC’s priority sustainability issues, based around three areas with the greatest potential to achieve positive impact, complete with objectives, targets and recommendations on the course of action to achieve them.

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