Food waste

The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations estimates that one third of all food produced in the world is lost or wasted1 while other analysis suggests 8.4 million people in the UK are struggling to afford to eat2. The environmental impact of food waste is also significant, responsible for 8% of global GHG emissions3 and a contributor of habitat and biodiversity loss. As the UK’s largest retailer, we are committed to reducing food waste from farm to fork.

As a member of Champions 12.3, and in support of UN Sustainable Development Goal Target 12.3: to halve global food waste by 2030, our approach focuses on reducing food loss within our own operations, working with suppliers, supporting our communities and helping our customers prevent food waste in the home.

  1. https://www.unep.org/resources/report/unep-food-waste-index-report-2021
  2. https://fareshare.org.uk/what-we-do/hunger-food-waste/
  3. http://www.fao.org/3/bb144e/bb144e.pdf

 

Own operations

We strive to eliminate unsold food going to waste by continually optimising our forecasting, ordering and reduce to clear processes to reduce food surplus at the end of each day.

Working with suppliers

We are committed to partnering with our suppliers to halve food waste in our supply chains by 2030 and encourage them to publicly disclose their levels of waste, knowing that what gets measured, gets managed.

Helping customers

We work to make it easy for our customers to reduce food waste in their homes while saving money. To achieve this, we have introduced a range of product and packaging innovations to help customers keep food fresher for longer at home. Our No Time for Waste Challenge helps families reduce household food waste with handy tips.

Supporting communities

If food cannot be sold, we prioritise its redistribution to charities and community groups who feed people in need and offer to colleagues through our colleague Shop.