Central Co-op Honored for Sustainability and Community Leadership

Central Co-op
April 8th 2019

Central Co-op receives Chinook Book’s Heart of Seattle and Sustainable Seattle’s 2019 Sustainability Leadership Award

Seattle, WA – [April 5, 2019] Central Co-op today announced it is being honored with two awards recognizing its commitment to sustainability and community leadership. Sustainable Seattle’s Sustainability Leadership Awards celebrate businesses that are engaged in mitigating the effects of climate impact and forging new pathways for the Puget Sound region. Chinook Book’s Heart of Seattle Awards recognize local businesses with stellar social and environmental priorities, ethical business practices and happy customers.

“Two of our guiding principles are Concern for Community and Concern for Ecosystems,” said Catherine Willis Cleveland, Central Co-op CEO. “We are honored to receive these awards and inspired by our community’s commitment to sustainability. As a cooperative, matching the values of our members and shoppers is intrinsic to the way we approach doing business, and we are proud to support growing a robust and sustainable Washington economy.”

The Co-op is being honored with its first Sustainability Leadership Award from Sustainable Seattle in the category of place. The award honors businesses transforming the sector by embedding sustainable practices into their operations, and influencing others in their field to follow suit. This is the second year Central Co-op has received the Heart of Seattle Award, which celebrates organizations with strong commitments to social and environmental efforts, ethical business practices, happy employees and enthusiastic customers.

The Heart of Seattle Award and Sustainability Leadership Award follow the Co-op’s recent announcement of new CEO Catherine Willis Cleveland who joined the Co-op in March of this year. Earlier this year, the Co-op also released a third-party local economic impact study that shows that Central Co-op generates an additional $8 million in Washington’s local economy compared to a comparable conventional grocery chain store.

In 2018, Central Co-op was honored with a proclamation from the Seattle City Council declaring October 16 to be Central Co-op Day in honor of their 40th Anniversary and all the positive impacts that member and worker-owned business brings to the community. The Co-op plans to continue their community-driven growth with the anticipated opening of its Tacoma store in the summer of 2019.


About Central Co-op

CCentral coop original locationOriginally founded on Seattle’s Capitol Hill in 1978, Central Co-op is a community-owned natural foods cooperative. A complete grocery store dedicated to sustainable practices and the Washington food economy, Central Co-op features organic produce, humanely raised meat and wild seafood, a large selection of bulk goods and herbs, an extensive health and wellness section and unique gifts. Through their Co-op Basics program, the Co-op offers over 250 everyday items at especially low prices and offers 10% off to those receiving government assistance twice a week, through their Healthy Community Program. Central Co-op follows a solidarity model with both worker and consumer ownership. Open to everyone, seven days a week, Central Co-op has more than 14,500 active owners, and in January of 2015 became the first grocery store in the nation to pay better than $15/hour at entry level with full benefits for full time workers. Merged with the Tacoma Food Co-op in fiscal year 2016, Central Co-op is working to open a new location on N. Pearl St. in Tacoma. More information is available at www.centralcoop.coop.