FDF members make progress on sustainability front

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has published its annual sustainability progress report, outlining the progress made by members to deliver its Ambition 2025.

The publication is accompanied by the public launch of FDF’s Sustainability Resource Hub, an online platform providing information on various sustainability tools that was previously only available to member companies.

The report shows that progress was made towards each of FDF’s environmental ambitions, including further reductions in CO2 emissions from manufacturing operations, down 51% in 2016 compared to the 1990 baseline. It is accompanied by case studies from FDF member companies Bettys & Taylors, Britvic, Coca-Cola European Partners, Mars, Matthew Algie, Mondelēz International, PepsiCo, Pladis, and Warburtons.

The Hub contains information on voluntary certifications, collaborative platforms and practical tools available to businesses looking to further their sustainability agenda. The project is a key deliverable on FDF’s ambition on sustainable supply chains.

FDF hopes it will help businesses identify relevant and credible mechanisms to increase and maintain the resilience of their supply chains, both independently and in collaboration with other stakeholders.

FDF will continue to work with its members to make further progress towards its Ambition 2025 and to deliver sustainable supply chains for the future.

Helen Munday, chief scientific officer, FDF, says, “The food and drink manufacturing industry continues to deliver progress against our environmental ambitions. The Sustainability Resource Hub is the next step on our journey to support a shift towards integrating sustainable sourcing into decision making at all levels throughout the supply chain and achieving our Ambition 2025.

“We hope this tool will provide companies, particularly small-to-medium sized ones, with practical guidance to contribute to their sustainability goals.

“Following the publication of the 25-year Environment Plan, we look forward to working closely with government and other key stakeholders on evidence-based approaches to sustainability, including dealing with plastic waste and protecting and enhancing Britain’s natural capital.”

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