Responsible retail

CONSUMER-owned supermarket chain The Co-operative Group has been named Responsible Retailer of the Year.

The organisation, which has 3,000 stores across the UK, including many in Northumberland, took the title at the Oracle Retail Awards for the fourth year running.

Judges praised its deep commitment to responsible business and initiatives such as Inspiring Young People, as well as its support of Fairtrade and new Ethical Operating Plan.

Chief Executive Peter Marks said: “To win this particular accolade four years in succession is an incredible achievement.”