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The Co-op and M&S rated UK's greenest supermarkets


The Co-operative and Marks & Spencer have been rated as the UK's greenest supermarkets, with Tesco, Asda and Netto deemed the industry’s worst environmental performers.

The two sector leaders in research by the Ethical Consumer Research Association (ECRA) scored particularly highly for their work on fish sourcing, palm oil policies and energy use.

The research, based on a survey and the CSR reports of 19 supermarket brands, showed a clear divide between the Co-op and Marks & Spencer and the 17 other retailers. Two of the UK’s largest supermarket chains, Tesco and Asda, were in the bottom three.

The ECRA, which has published the results in the latest issue of Ethical Consumer magazine, said the Co-op and Marks & Spencer ‘have made genuine efforts to reduce the environmental and ethical impact of their operations and have demonstrated that they are setting the environmental agenda for supermarkets’.

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