Food Waste 101: Resources for Business
Listed below are reports, organisations and campaigns; a wide range of resources to help you get up to speed on the food waste challenge and the activities taking place here in the UK and around the world to address it.
Waste Not, Want Not: An Overview of Food Waste.
Published by the Business for Social Responsibilities, this report investigates where food waste occurs in the value chain, the impact of food waste, and solutions that businesses can adopt to address food waste.
The Food Wastage Footprint: Impacts on Natural Resources
This 2013 FAO report is the first study to provide a global full accounting of the environmental impacts of food waste. It looks both at the environmental footprint of food waste as well as where food waste arises in the supply chain. It identifies environmental "hotspots" through an analysis of 7 regions and 8 major food commodity groups.
Food Waste within Global Food Systems
A report published by the Global Food Security Programme that explores the link between food waste and global food security. It provides several recommendations for areas of further research in order to address drivers of food waste from production to processing, packaging to retail.
Vision 2020: UK Roadmap to Zero Food Waste to Landfill
A roadmap set fort in 2013 by Wrap UK, Vision 2020 positions food waste as a valuable resource. It illustrates how various role players can work together to achieve zero waste to landfill. The roadmap acts a a platform for change and inspires action through success stories and recommendations for improvements.
Overview of Waste in the UK Hospitality and Food Service Sector
This 2013 Wrap UK report provides a comprehensive summary of three studies on food waste in the UK hospitality and food services sector. The report investigates food waste at the point of spoilage, food preparation, and consumer plates. It also reviews the findings from an indepth study on the true cost of food waste involving labour, energy, water, usage, waste management and others.
FAO: Food and Agriculture Organization
An agency of the United Nations, the Food and Agriculture Organization coordinates international activities to combat hunger. The agency oversees Save Food, a global initiative established to:
- Raise awareness of impacts and solutions
- Cordinate involvement of stakeholders worldwide in initiatives, activities, and programmes
- Policy, strategy, programme development
- Support implementation of programmes by the private and public sectors
The Save Food initiative operates within the international framewor set forth in the Millennium Development Goals, the Sustainable Development Goals, the Post 2015 Agenda, the Zero Hunger Challenge.
FUSIONS, Food Use for Social Innovation by Optimising Waste Prevention, is a European Multi-Staeholder Platform. The project brings together private sector, knowledge institutions, and other role players across 13 countries to strategise ways to prevent food waste and loss through social innovation.
Wrap UK exists to accelerate the transition to a resource-efficient and sustainable economy. They work with a range of stakeholders to bring ideas into existence and deliver solutions. Priority sectors include food and drink, clothing and textiles, electrical and electronics.
Zero Waste Scotland
Zero Waste Scotland is funded by the Scottish Government. It exists to support the delivery of the govenment's zero waste plan.
Hospitality & Food Service Agreement
A voluntary agreement created by Wrap UK, the Hospitality & Food Service Agreement exists to catalyse collective action to reduce food waste in the sector. The agreement closed in December 2015.
Courtauld Commitment 2025
A voluntary agreement that coordinates collaborative action in the UK food and drink sector among all stakeholders. The agreement supports the food and drink sector to contribute to Sustainable Development Goal 12.3 and the objectives of COP21. Signatories to the agreement will target resource hotspots in order to reduce food waste and associated greenhouse gases by 20%.
Taking Action on Waste; The Business Case for Hospitality
A toolkit of presentations and informational sheets that provide communications support to present the business case for taking action on food waste.