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Company Shop among first names to sign up to ambitious Courtauld Commitment 2025


15/03/2016


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Company Shop has today been named as one of the founding signatories of an ambitious 10-year voluntary agreement to cut waste. The Courtauld Commitment 2025 brings together leading organisations from across the food chain to work together to tackle food and drink waste, greenhouse gas emissions and water intensity.

Company Shop among first names to sign up to ambitious Courtauld Commitment 2025

Company Shop has today been named as one of the founding signatories of an ambitious 10-year voluntary agreement to cut waste.  The Courtauld Commitment 2025 brings together leading organisations from across the food chain to work together to tackle food and drink waste, greenhouse gas emissions and water intensity.

Courtauld Commitment 2025 aims to deliver an ambitious set of targets by 2025, including a 20% reduction of food and drink waste in the UK and a 20% reduction in impact associated with water use in the supply chain.  Company Shop features alongside all of the major retailers and a swathe of top brands, food service companies, trade bodies and local authorities as early adopters of the new target.

Company Shop and Community Shop have long been a leading voice in the campaign for sustainability in the food supply chain. Every year we save 30,000 tonnes of food from becoming waste, 120,000 tonnes of CO2 and 12,892 Olympic swimming pools-worth of water - no food or products that Company Shop handles end up in landfill. 

Company Shop recognises the need for a step change in how we produce and consume food and drink. Demand is rising, and the UK food and drink supply chain will be subject to growing volatility as resource scarcity increases and the impacts of climate change take greater effect. The Courtauld Commitment hopes to tackle these challenges and help put the UK on course to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goal 12.3 for reducing food waste by 2030.

Our Commercial Director Tom Rumboll said:

“Company Shop and Community Shop are delighted to be amongst the founding signatories of this ambitious agreement. We want to lead by example and promote collaboration across the food and manufacturing industry to deliver positive societal and environmental change.

“Through the Courtauld Commitment 2025, we are pledging to keep working hard to cut waste and emissions in our sector.”

Richard Swannell, Director of Sustainable Food Systems, said:

“Courtauld 2025 is our most ambitious agreement yet and we are delighted that Company Shop has pledged their support as a signatory.

“We are faced with some big challenges ahead with rising populations, climate change and dwindling resources. But tackling food waste offers a practical option to address these challenges and in doing so, will create new opportunities. Only by working together can we hope to realise the big changes that are essential to ensuring a more prosperous future for individuals, businesses and the planet.”

Speaking about being recognised by the Guardian, Chairman and Founder John Marren said: 

“We’ve always been driven by the desire to be different and to make a difference as a business. Rather than see surplus food as something that should go to waste, we view it as a valuable resource that can have a positive social and environmental impact in communities across the UK. Company and Community Shop are proving this to be true – we’re using surplus food to help stretch family budgets, help people get on in life and help save precious food from becoming waste.

 “We are delighted that our work has been recognised by The Guardian amongst such esteemed company and we wish everyone the best of luck at the awards.”