Sustainable supply chains consider social and environmental impacts throughout the supply chain. Through supply chain sustainability, companies protect the long-term viability of their business and secure social license to operate.

The uptake of sustainability schemes to drive responsible and sustainable sourcing has made significant progress. These schemes are adopting a more holistic approach, addressing environmental, social and economic aspects of sustainability. The FDF aims to promote the recognition and uptake of sustainability standards and initiatives and has developed a signposting tool, the Sustainability Resource Hub.

The FDF has developed a guide - 'Sustainable Sourcing: Five Steps Towards Managing Supply Chain Risk' - and are committed to work with our stakeholders to achieve 100% certified sustainable palm oil (CSPO). We are members of the UK Roundtable for Sourcing Sustainable Palm Oil and have developed guidance - 'Sustainable Palm Oil: Five Steps to Ensure Responsible Sourcing'.

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UK Sustainable Palm Oil Initiative webinar: The Rimba Collective

The FDF would like to share an invitation to a UK Sustainable Palm Oil Initiative webinar on the Rimba Collective, a new forest restoration financing initiative. The webinar will take place on Thursday 17th June, 09:00 – 10:00.

During the webinar, representatives of the Rimba Collective will present an overview of the initiative, and give you a chance to ask questions and discuss how you could get involved. You can find some background information on this webpage.

Please register here.

Enter to win the FDF Environmental Leadership Award

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Our Environmental Leadership category is for companies that can meet either of the criteria below:

  • Embedding sustainability throughout a product from development right through to customer use and disposal
  • Ground-breaking initiatives to reduce your company's impact on the planet

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Ambition 2025 progress report and mid-term review published

On 24 February, the FDF launched our Ambition 2025 Mid-term Review and Ambition 2025 Progress Report 2020 which was supported by a series of member case studies.

As highlighted in this year’s progress report, there has been exceptional progress in some areas, including:

  • 55% reduction in CO2 emissions, five years before the target was due to be reached.
  • 41.5% reduction in absolute water consumption in 2019 and support for the Courtauld 2025 Water Ambition.
  • Contributed to the Food Waste Reduction Roadmap.
  • Continued to build relationships with key stakeholders and with UK governments including through engagement on various the Plastics tax; undertook advocacy on PRN cost crisis; supported the UK Plastics Pact; and launched new guidelines on using recycled content in plastic packaging applications.
  • Promoted the fewer and friendlier miles agenda through FDF’s 10 Point Checklist.
  • Updated and promoted the Sustainability Resource Hub.
  • Promoted the FDF Natural Capital Awareness Document.

The FDF also published a press release, with supporting quote from Environment Minister, Rebecca Pow MP. The launch has been extensively covered across the trade media.

Palm oil policy

The FDF supports the work of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) to promote the growth and use of sustainable palm oil and to bring CSPO to the market through a multilateral process that includes all stakeholders in the palm oil supply chain.

Sustainable palm oil policy


The Food and Drink Federation publishes Ambition 2025 Progress and Mid-Term Review reports

Food and drink companies beat CO2 reduction targets five years early, leading to new sustainability commitments in far reaching report.

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Dumfries and Galloway Food and Drink Forum secures food funding boost

Dumfries and Galloway Food and Drink Forum, the regional food group that aims to grow a thriving food and drink network for Dumfries and Galloway, has secured funding to champion local produce.

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