Sustainability

Environmental Sustainability is a key priority for SFDF and our members.

FDF's “Ambition 2025 – Shaping Sustainable Value Chains” builds on the success of our Five-Fold Environmental Ambition and is the next step on our journey to help deliver a more sustainable food system.

In order to remain industry leading nearly a decade on, Ambition 2025 takes the Five-Fold forward with new commitments to take into account the ever changing sustainability agenda and the complexity of issues that are increasingly demanding a whole-chain approach.

It makes good business sense to be sustainable as it:

  • Increases business resilience
  • Can save businesses money
  • Improves business reputation/build trust around your products
  • Drives innovation

A collaborative Approach:

Food and Drink Industry Advisory Group on Sustainability

The group brings together those in the food and drink manufacturing sector who have responsibility for environmental sustainability in their business. FDF Scotland is proud to co-chair this group in partnership with Interface and Zero Waste Scotland.

Scotland Food and Drink Sustainability Steering Group

FDF Scotland sits on the Scotland Food and Drink Sustainability Steering Group. The group brings together strategic partners to identify joint opportunities for action on energy, water, raw materials, waste and logistics.

Our publications

Ambition 2025 Progress Report 2016

Since 2007, the Food and Drink Federation's Five-Fold Environmental Ambition (FEA) has been the collective roadmap through which food and drink manufacturers have delivered major improvements in resource efficiency.

In 2016, nearly a decade on, these commitments were updated and extended in order to remain industry-leading. This resulted in the launch of Ambition 2025 in October 2016, the next step on our journey to help deliver a more sustainable food system.

This progress report highlights the collective environmental progress our members achieved under the FEA, and are taking forward under Ambition 2025.

Sustainable Sourcing: Five Steps Towards Managing Supply Chain Risk

Sustainable sourcing

Published: December 2012 

The Sustainable Sourcing Guide sets out a step-by-step process to help food and drink manufacturing businesses of all sizes to help identify, prioritise and manage upstream supply chain risks as part of a more strategic approach towards supply chain sustainability.

Download: Sustainable Sourcing Five Steps Guide

Sustainable palm oil - Five steps to ensure responsible sourcing

Published December 2014

This simple guide sets out a step-by-step process to help food and drink manufacturers of all sizes get started on the journey of sourcing sustainable palm oil.

Download the Sustainable palm oil - Five steps to ensure responsible sourcing

Every Last Drop - Saving water along the food supply chainFive-fold cover

Published December 2011

Every Last Drop aims to raise awareness amongst food and drink companies of the issue of water stress, and to provide practical easily-accessible guidance on how businesses can be more water efficient across four key areas: the supply chain, operations, the boardroom and the individual at home.

Download leaflet: Every Last Drop

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Last reviewed: 07 Mar 2017