Sustainable Development (1996)

    This document has been made available in electronic format
         by the International Co-operative Alliance ICA 
                         July, 1996

            (Source: ICA News, Issue No.3/1996- pp.7)

                    Sustainable Development

Congress Adopts New Policies
The UK Co-operative Congress in Harrogate noted the enthusiasm
of the Co-operative Movement for sustainable energy policies and
called for co-operative initiatives to assess the feasibility
of developing renewable energy schemes in Northern Ireland.
The Congress also declared that Co-operation is, by its
nature, rooted in community spirit. Therefore, the congress called
upon all member societies to publicise their support for their
society's community involvement.

(Source: Co-operative Gazette, Information and Advisory
Bulletin 6, March 26, 1996)

Bank Opens Ecology Centre
The Co-operative Bank National Centre for Business and Ecology
was launched on 22 March. Established in partnership with the
four universities of Greater Manchester - the Manchester
Metropolitan University, UMIST, the University of Manchester,
and the University of Salford - the centre aims to provide
environmental advice of the very highest quality at affordable
rates by drawing upon the research and resources available in
the largest educational precinct in Europe. 

(Source: Banknotes, April 1996)
     Co-operative Bank's Ecology Mission Statement

"We, the Co-operative Bank, will continue to develop our
business taking into account the impact our activities have on the
environment and society at large.

The nature of our activities are such that our direct impact,
by being selective in terms of the provision of finance and
banking arrangements, is more ecologically significant than the direct
impact of our trading operations.

However, we undertake to continually assess all our activities
and implement a programme of ecological improvement based on
the pursuit of the following four scientific principles:

1.   Nature cannot withstand a progressive build-up of waste
     derived from the Earth's crust. Nature cannot withstand a
     progressive build-up of society's waste, particularly
     artificial persistent substances which it cannot degrade
     into harmless materials.

3.   The productive area of nature must not be diminished in
     quality (diversity) or quantity (volume) and must be
     enabled to grow.

4.   Society must utilise energy and resources in a
sustainable, equitable and efficient manner.

We consider that the pursuit of these principles constitute a
path of ecological excellence and will secure future
prosperity for society by sustainable economic activity.

The Co-operative Bank will not only pursue the above path
itself, but endeavour to help and encourage all its stakeholders to do

                    Co-op Agenda 21

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