The Southern Co-operative has reviewed the approach we take when it comes to investing in the communities in which we operate. We have worked with our customers, members and colleagues to assess what they would like to see us, as a business, focus on in the future.
The result is the launch of our new community programme, Love Your Neighbourhood, which aims to increase the positive impact and difference we make to our communities.
With this in mind, we are changing our approach to the way we distribute the surplus funds from the carrier bag levy. The majority of the funds raised in this way are being distributed back in the local communities in which we trade via our Local Funding programme and we have decided to invest the surplus by creating 4 regional campaigns partnerships, all addressing our 4 key programme themes: Greener, Safer, Healthier and More Inclusive Neighbourhoods.