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Co-operative Suspends NOTW Advertising

Another blow after phone hacking scandal

Written by . Published on July 6th 2011.

Co-operative Suspends NOTW Advertising

THE Co-operative Group has taken the decision to suspend temporarily any further advertising and promotional activity with the News of the World until the outcome of an investigation into the paper's alleged phone-hacking activities is known.

In a statement, The Co-op said: 'The Group is a consumer-owned business which adheres to strong ethical standards. These allegations have been met with revulsion by the vast majority of members who have contacted us.

'We would urge everyone involved to bring this matter to a speedy conclusion for the sake of all those who are affected by these events.'

Other major advertisers, including T-Mobile, have already decided to pull its advertising with the News of the World.

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16 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

Simon SmithJuly 6th 2011.

Ah, the famous Co-op ethics. They tell us how green they are while they profit from selling cars and running a large travel agency.

I'm surprised that an organisation that prides itself on its alleged 'strong ethical standards' ever adverised in such a downmarket, sensationalist poor reputation rag like the NotW in the first place.

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MelJuly 6th 2011.

Downmarket the NOTW may be, however I'd guess that a substantial number of their readers shop at the Co-op, so it makes business sense. As for ethics, I don't think anyone in the land - MPs, journalists, the general public - believed the 'phone-hacking debacle to escalate so quickly and on such a scale. No one really gave a toss about the witterings of Z-list celebs or has-been politicians; hacking into the 'phone of a murdered school girl, puts this on an entirely different level. The Co-op have reacted rightly and quickly in my opinion.

AnonymousJuly 6th 2011.

The Cooperative turns over £14billion and employs over 100,000 people in the UK. Simon who cares?

Simon BinnsJuly 6th 2011.

People seem to have a huge problem with the Co-op operating commercially. Maybe they should strip out a load of their business and make less money, reducing their workforce.

Hell, maybe they should give stuff away.

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KittenJuly 6th 2011.

Good comment Simon. Shame your namesake seems to be continually angry with the world

Simon SmithJuly 6th 2011.

I have no reason to be angry with the Co-op or the NotW. That's why I'm not angry about them.

I have noticed that some people get a bit angry when I mention the Co-op's less than ethical business choices.

By the way, are you aware that The Co-operative Group is critical of BP because of its oil related activities? Perhaps you are. The Co-op publicises its 'ethical' behaviour. Did you also know that the Co-operative Group's pension scheme has shares in BP and presumably hopes they do well?

I hope you aren't too angry at me for telling you this.

KittenJuly 6th 2011.

No, you just seem to exude frustration on whatever subject you happen to comment on. As for pensions, the Co-op as an entity will seek to get the best return for their members and doubtful if they manage the pension scheme themselves - it's likely taken care of by those nasty financial types in the city. What else would the Co-op be critical about regards BP? It's not a company with oil-related activities, it's an oil company; without whose mega-bucks tax contributions, the Stock Market would collap and guess what? That'll be you pension down the Swannie along with those Co-op employees

SmittyJuly 6th 2011.

Spot on Simon. The Co-Op is owned by its members, has the biggest range of fair trade products in the UK, has an ethical investment policy - that its members vote on, treats its customers well, provides great banking services and invests millions and millions and millions of pounds in the city. They're a massive Manchester success story and something we can all be proud of. So, of course, the only thing for people to do is slag them off.

As a member, who banks with them, insures with them and shops with them I have to admit to being biased!

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Simon SmithJuly 6th 2011.

They invest in BP too, despite all the 'ethical' talk and the Gulf of Mexico disaster.


Lots of companies are withdrawing ads from the NotW. I reckon that's because they don't want to be associated with a brand that is unpopular with the public at the present time, not because these companies have especially high 'ethical' standards themselves. It is all about business, not ethics.

John NuttallJuly 7th 2011.

I really couldn't care less whether companies are pulling their advertising from the NotW for genuine ethical reasons or for fear of tainting their own brands. Just the fact that they are damaging the appalling rag works for me. As for the Co-op's ethical stance, of course they're not going to manage to be 100% squeaky clean, that's just not possible in this environment but at least they're trying and, as a result, didn't get sucked into the banking collapse.

AnonymousJuly 7th 2011.

All businesses have to be commercial, otherwise they wouldnt survive against the competiton, but it's about how they choose to conduct their business and what they do with their profits. Of course the Co-op have to make commercial decisions - they can't be an ethical business if there's no business to start with.

James SpencerJuly 7th 2011.

Everybody has a free choice of retailer and their ethical policies. (ask them for it if you are unsure). And you can acutally join the Coop and have a little say for nothing.

But to return to the topic of phone hacking. On two occassions the BBC website has told us how to do it and I am sure all the obvious people are doing it. Of course I expect denials from all everyone who might be thought to be at it.

Try suggesting they are on twitter and see whst happens.

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