Together For Our Planet. Together For Our Community. Together For Our Members.
At Calgary Co-op our purpose is to enrich our member communities by taking actions that positively impact the well being of the communities we serve. Through our environmental, social and governance initiatives, our goal is to protect our environment, foster our shared passion to support those who most need it, and ensure our co-operative’s long term sustainability.
We can all do our part to reduce our impact on the planet. Calgary Co-op is continuously taking steps to reduce waste and increase energy efficiency .
Calgary Co-op has replaced all plastic grocery bags in our stores with compostable bags. This move has eliminated over 67 million plastic bags from our landfills. We encourage you to bring your own reusable bags, too. For every reusable bag you shop with, we will donate 3 cents to Calgary Co-op’s Community Foundation on your behalf.
The Sage Hill Co-op food store location is home to our first EV charging station, capable of charging two vehicles at one time. This is a new feature for Calgary Co-op, and the first of many we plan to add across our stores.
We’re taking steps to reduce our carbon footprint across all our stores. Our new Sage Hill food store is small and mighty at only 30,000 square feet, using less energy but offering the same conveniences as other stores. Sage Hill along with many others has LED lighting throughout that uses 80% less energy than traditional lighting. We’ve upgraded all our refrigeration systems to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and we give used equipment a new life by repurposing it in our stores. All of our recent and future store renovations include energy efficient upgrades.
Community is at the heart of everything we do. Whether it’s helping address food insecurity, helping local groups or fundraising for important causes, Calgary Co-op makes sure no one is left behind
The Calgary Co-op new Fresh Food Rescue sends fresh foods to the Calgary Food Bank as part of their Fresh Tote Food Rescue, as well as to other community Food Banks. By planning ahead, we’re able to redirect perfectly consumable foods to the food bank, rather than the compost bin. All Calgary Co-op food stores donate fresh produce, meat and fish, dairy and eggs, bakery, deli and prepared meals, dry groceries and frozen items to the Food Banks for collection, and same-day distribution through emergency food hampers. The result is an effective program that is transforming lives in our community and helping to reduce waste.
Calgary Co-op Cares charitable foundation provides support our most vulnerable including: seniors, children, the homeless and families at risk. We also provide members an opportunity to provide a donation when they are shopping at our stores.
Calgary Co-op is dedicated to improving the lives of Calgarians. Last year we donated $2.7 million back into the community through food drive programs, partnering with other agencies or directly through the Calgary Co-op Community Foundation. In 2022 we’ll continue to look out for our community and the people within it with a goal of donating $3 million.
Owned by members, Calgary Co-op is now one of the largest retail co-operatives in North America. Four committees form the backbone of our governance model. The Audit, Governance, Human Resources, and Nominations Committees all provide oversight to the Board’s most complex areas.
The share you purchase when you join Calgary Co-op allows you to participate in the “one member-one vote” democratic process to nominate an eligible Member-owner as a candidate for the Board, vote in Director Elections and actively participate in meetings of Member-owners.
It pays to be a member at Calgary Co-op. Whenever you shop at any Co-op store with your membership number, you’ll earn towards an annual member refund proportionate to your annual spend.