Nestlé has become one of the first manufacturers in the UK to publish data about its food waste as part of the UK Food Waste Reduction Roadmap.
Nestlé has reduced its food waste levels by 8.2% since 2016 by adopting the WRAP and IGD developed ‘Target, Measure and Act’ (TMA) approach as well as the UK Measurements and Reporting Guidelines.
The UK Food Waste Reduction Roadmap is a world first initiative aimed at encouraging businesses to take action to tackle food waste in their supply chains and increase transparency. There is more than 10 million tonnes of food wasted in the UK every year and the Roadmap sets out how the entire industry can work to deliver the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal of reducing food waste by 50% by 2030.
Speaking today at the ‘Step up to the plate to end food waste’ event hosted by DEFRA and WRAP at London’s V&A Museum*, Stefano Agostini, CEO for Nestlé UK & Ireland, said:
“I am very proud that Nestlé is one of the first to commit to the Food Waste Reduction Roadmap. Only by working together can we address the issue of food waste at the pace and scale required.
“There is always more that can be done and I would actively encourage all businesses to sign up and take action to reduce food waste.”
Peter Maddox, WRAP (Waste and Resource Action Plan) Director, said:
“Nestlé UK and Ireland has been very engaged in reducing food waste within its operations for a number of years, and is an active signatory to the Courtauld Commitment 2025.
“We are delighted that the company has taken this step and is demonstrating its commitment to reducing the environmental impact of food waste through use of the Food Waste Reduction Roadmap.
“Nestlé UK and Ireland has shown it is possible to make a significant food waste reduction and I encourage other businesses to follow this lead to adopt the ‘Target, Measure, Act’ principles, and resources of the Food Waste Reduction Roadmap.”
Nestlé has been working to reduce its food waste for more than a decade and, in 2015, achieved zero waste for disposal (including food waste) across its entire UK and Irish operation.
The company has worked with Fareshare and Company Shop for many years and also began working with Food Cloud last year. These partnerships have made it possible for Nestlé to redistribute the equivalent of more than 7 million meals to those who need them.
Nestlé UK and Ireland food waste reduction case study.
Nestlé UK and Ireland Food Waste Reporting:
- Nestlé UK and Ireland reporting approach is consistent with the UK Food Waste Reduction Roadmap which is aligned with Food Loss & Waste Standard (FLW Standard) guidelines, allowing businesses to measure and report consistently and with confidence.
- The Food Loss & Waste Standard (FLW Standard) enables companies and other organizations to account for and report in a credible, practical and internationally consistent manner on how much food loss and waste is created and identify where it occurs, enabling the targeting of efforts to reduce it. It is a multi-stakeholder effort that has developed the global accounting and reporting standard (known as the FLW Standard) for quantifying food and associated inedible parts removed from the food supply chain (referred to for simplicity sake as ‘food loss and waste’).
- This is consistent with UK Food Waste Reduction Roadmap guidelines, allowing businesses to measure and report consistently and with confidence.
*‘Step up to the plate to end food waste’ event – 13 May 2019
- Hosted by Ben Elliot, Food Surplus and Waste Champion, Michael Gove, the Secretary of State for the Environment, and Tristram Hunt, Director of the V&A to raise the profile and galvanise action to address food waste.
- The event aims to urge companies and high profile individuals to commit to tackling food waste through their own actions, and through collaboration across the sector and engagement with their customers.