Observer co-ops

It was great to see co-operatives featuring prominently in the Observer Ethical Awards this week (which have become known as the “green Oscars” by some), with three co-operatives winning their categories and one finishing runner up in a category which was won by a co-operative both this year and last. http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/jun/09/winners

The diversity of the co-operatives nominated showcases the enormous scope of the co-operative model – from a volunteer-run, community bicycle project that repairs, reuses and relocates unwanted bicycles in Bristol to the largest consumer co-operative in the world.

They share a common goal: as businesses owned and run by their members, co-operatives give people an equal say and share of the profits, whilst acting together to build a better world. They are an obvious fit for ethical awards.

‘Business sponsored by Jupiter Asset Management’

Winner

The Co-operative Group

The Co-operative Group is a member-owned and UK-based family of businesses operating primarily in the food retail, financial services, travel, pharmacy and funeralcare sectors.

Local Retailer

Winner

The People’s Supermarket

Recently featured on a Channel 4 documentary, the People’s Supermarket in Holborn, London, aims to be a sustainable food cooperative providing healthy food at reasonable prices.

Runner-up

Unicorn Wholefood Co-operative Grocery

Unicorn is a co-operative grocery based in South Manchester. Owned and run by the workforce, the grocery donates 5% of its wage bill to local and international projects.

Grassroots sponsored by Timberland

Winner

The Bristol Bike Project ~

A volunteer-run, community bicycle project that repairs, reuses and relocates unwanted bicycles within underprivileged and marginalised groups in our city.

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