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FDF's Ambition 2025: Shaping Sustainable Value Chains

The Food and Drink Federation’s (FDF’s) “Ambition 2025: Shaping Sustainable Value Chains” builds on the success of the group’s ‘Five-Fold Environmental Ambition’ and is the next step on its journey to help deliver a more sustainable food system. In order to remain industry leading nearly a decade on, Ambition 2025 takes the Five-Fold forward with new commitments to take into account the ever changing sustainability agenda and the complexity of issues that are increasingly demanding a whole-chain approach.

The challenges of climate change, water stress, resource availability, population growth and changing demographics and patterns of consumption all combine to demand a new approach to build a global food system in which the environmental base to deliver food security for future generations is not compromised. Delivering this will require concerted and coordinated action from all actors in the food chain including producers, processors, retailers, consumers, governments and wider civil society. As food and drink manufacturers, FDF members are committed to playing their part.

Ambition 2025 covers the key areas where FDF members believe they can, collectively as a sector, make the biggest positive impact and where they can enable change and solutions that help transform entire supply chains. As such, it comprises two key elements: Resource Efficiency and Shaping Future Value Chains, supported by wider FDF work on nutrition, social and economic issues.

The FDF’s new goals include the following:

  • Climate change - Achieve a 55 percent absolute reduction in carbon dioxide emissions by 2025 against the 1990 baseline;
  • Food waste - Send zero food waste to landfill from members’ own direct operations from 2016 and beyond; and Reduce food waste across the whole supply chain from farm to fork including within members’ own operations;
  • Packaging - Minimize the impact of used packaging associate with food and drink products and encourage innovation in packaging technology and design that contributes to overall product sustainability;
  • Water - Deliver continuous improvement in the use of water across the whole supply chain and take action to ensure sustainable water management and stewardship; and Contribute to an industry-wide target to reduce water use by 20 percent by 2020 compared to 2007;
  • Transport - Reduce the environmental impact of members’ transport operations or third party hauliers, in terms of both carbon intensity and air quality aspects; and Embed a fewer and friendlier food miles approach within food transport practices;
  • Supply Chains - Promote the recognition and uptake of sustainability standards and initiatives in the food and drink sector; and
  • Natural Capital - Work to increase awareness of natural capital amongst members, promoting the business benefits and supporting a shift towards integrating natural capital into decision-making.

Each goal is accompanied by a case study from companies including McCain Foods, Apetito, PepsiCo UK & Ireland, Ivan Wood & Sons, Warburtons, Mondelez International, and Nestlé.

Read Sustainable Brands’ full article on this report.

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