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'.

Updates & milestones

Efeca survey on decarbonisation in supply chains - by 16th November

Please see below a survey on decarbonisation in supply chains relating to support emissions reduction work from Efeca. Please note that the deadline for the survey is 16 November. FDF will be attending the Roundtable Meeting on 23 November.

“Ahead of the UKSCI Roundtable meeting this month, and following your feedback to us, we are pleased to share the following resources. This follows the  SBTi webinar from May this year, and we invite you to take part in a survey on how the UKSCI can support members on decarbonising supply chains.

  • Survey: This 5-10 minute survey will be used to prioritise action and support over the next six months to support alignment and progress amongst the UKSCI’s members on reducing carbon emissions resulting from land use change in supply chains. There is a clear ask for support, but we are aware that everyone is at a different stage, so this survey explores what activities are being undertaken, if any; how they fit in with deforestation activities; and how companies are making use of the different support and guidance sets that are available. Please feel free to further share this survey to suppliers or other partners that could benefit from support from the UKSCI on this subject. Insights can be shared during the roundtable meeting..”

UK and EU initiatives to deliver deforestation-free supply chains

In May 2023, the EU passed a regulation to establish deforestation-free supply chains which will apply to a range of commodities when imported into the EU. 

The UK is developing its own policy, which aims to deliver the same outcomes but will place different requirements on businesses.

We produced a paper for FDF members that outlines the EU regulation and UK proposal and summarises key points of difference.

UK and EU initiatives to tackle deforestation

Enter to win the FDF Environmental Leadership Award

Does your company have a leading environmental initiative?

With increased pressure to engage in sustainable manufacturing processes that minimise the impact on our environment, companies are looking to the future and implementing creative and resourceful systems.

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

Read the 2020 winner’s case study

Enter the FDF Awards before the closing date of 26 March 2021 to make sure your company and colleagues get the national recognition they deserve! It’s completely free to enter, and you can enter in as many categories as you like and nominate multiple projects / colleagues.

Enter the FDF Awards

Entry deadline is Friday 26th March.

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.


Response to Defra’s announcement on illegal deforestation

We welcome today’s announcement on Forest Risk Commodities Regulation.

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The Food and Drink Federation commits to the delivery of a working deposit return scheme (DRS)

A report launched today brings together Parliament, business and academics to reflect on the challenge of the 2030 target to reduce emissions by 50 per cent and identify innovative ways we can green the nation.

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