The race to net zero: The role of co-ops in driving climate action post-COP26


25th October 2021
Last updated
9th November 2021
The Race to Net Zero

Ahead of the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow, Co-operatives UK commissioned research into the climate activity of co-ops in the UK and what support was needed.

This involved a review of the Top 100 co-ops’ climate strategies, net zero and/or carbon reduction targets, as well as an online survey which had 88 responses from small to medium sized co-ops.

Our report reveals that two thirds of co-ops are taking some form of climate action and of those taking action, one in five have net zero targets.

Download our report and declaration on behalf of the UK co-op sector, our asks of government and our pledge to take effective climate action, in our own businesses and as a co-operative movement. We've also provided social media graphics to use when sharing this message.

Support on social using our imagery and suggested posts

  • Ahead of #COP26 we’re joining the UK’s #coops and @CooperativesUK in calling for govt to demand more of business and make it easier to take #ClimateAction. Read our declaration 
  • Two thirds of UK #coops are taking #ClimateAction, and of those taking action 1 in 5 have net zero strategies. We back this pledge from @CooperativesUK on behalf of the sector calling for govt to get tougher on business. #COP26
  • Our co-op is <insert your climate action> Two thirds of UK #coops like us are taking #ClimateAction according to @CooperativesUK research. Read more at
  • Co-ops are tired of being undercut by competitors on environmental & ethical standards. This has to stop. Govt must require more of business & make it easier and simpler for businesses to act. Read the #coops declaration ahead of #COP26:

See below for social media graphics.

Resource bundle
The Race to Net Zero
The race to net zero: The role of co-ops in driving climate action post COP26
Do more faster together, COP26 declaration
Do more, faster, together: A Joint declaration by the UK’s co-operatives in the run up to COP26
Our pledge: we pledge to take effective climate action - in our own business and as a cooperative movement
Social media imagery (zip file)
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