Sustainable Supply Chains

The global food system is coming under increasing pressure from the impacts of climate change, population increase, a growing demand for limited resources, and changing diets.

Consumers are also more than ever seeking reassurance that businesses are managing their supply chains sustainably. Therefore, in order to protect their long-term viability, there is a growing understanding amongst the business community of the importance of building and maintaining resilient supply chains. Indeed, many of FDF's members are already fully committed in this area, with food and drink companies recognising a sustainable supply chain is no longer just desirable, but a cornerstone of business success.

Recognising the importance of sustainable supply chains, FDF has already developed guidance – Sustainable Sourcing: Five Steps Towards Managing Supply Chain Risk. Taking this further, a commitment on the topic was recently included in Ambition 2025. This involves promoting the recognition and uptake of sustainability standards and initiatives in the sector and 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.

Sustainability Resource Hub

Under Ambition 2025, FDF committed to developing a comprehensive online tool to provide members with guidance on a wealth of credible voluntary certifications, collaborative platforms and tools that are available to businesses looking to further their sustainability agenda.

This resulting Sustainability Resource Hub forms a key deliverable of our 'Shaping Future Value Chains' Commitment and 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.

The Sustainability Resource Hub is currently only available to members and is a reference tool only. FDF does not endorse any initiatives above others and it is up to members to decide how they use this information going forward.

Following a period of consultation with members, the Hub will be re-launched as an open access resource before the end of 2017. It is hoped that the Hub will provide members and non-members alike, with practical guidance to help them pursue their sustainability agenda.

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Managing Supply Chain Risk

FDF has developed a straightforward guide – Sustainable Sourcing: Five Steps Towards Managing Supply Chain Risk – which sets out a step-by-step process to help food and drink manufacturing businesses of all sizes to get started on this journey. It aims to help identify, prioritise and manage upstream supply chain risks as part of a more strategic approach towards supply chain sustainability.

Please contact nicola.ledsham@fdf.org.uk for more information

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Last reviewed: 07 Jul 2017