Co-op polls members on which causes to back

The Co-op is asking its customers which community projects to support.

The UK's largest mutual retailer, which last year invested £10m in community and campaigning activities, is sending a questionnaire to its three million members and 85,000 employees to help choose how it distributes its profits.

The questionnaire asks which social issues should be supported, both globally and locally, and what issues the Co-op should campaign on, from fair trade to human rights and climate change.

The poll results will be published in the New Year and will help it to prioritise the causes and campaigns that will be supported by the retailer.

"That 100,000 people engaged in the development of our ethical food policy earlier in the year has shown us that our members really have an appetite to work with us to deliver on our social goals," said Peter Marks, chief executive of the Co-operative Group.

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