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Sustainability affects business resilience, reputation, finances and relationships. To help you understand the strategic importance of sustainability we’ve created a one-stop-shop information resource to assist you in rising to the challenges.

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Working on Waste Summary Report 2014

In its first year, IGD’s new Working on Waste campaign drew 77 organisations of all sizes together from across the food and consumer goods industry to help their employees, as consumers, reduce household food waste. From top tips and recipe challenges, to a hugely successful regional roadshow programme,...

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Be inspired by your leftovers!

Using up leftovers is a great way to reduce the amount of food wasted at home. As we get ready for our Working on Waste employee engagement campaign this October, watch IGD’s Chef Manager Jane O’Leary whip up a delicious pork and broccoli stir-fry from leftovers.

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Reducing Milk Waste & Energy Consumption

New Marlbrook evaporator: Reducing milk waste & energy consumption

This case study explains who Mondelēz International is, the challenges it has previously faced with milk evaporation and the steps...

Waste Prevention

Waste Prevention

Learn how to eliminate waste or redistribute surplus from your business with this free resource. Find out how to prevent waste, redistribute surplus food, and see how other...

Securing future food supplies

Securing future food supplies

In such a volatile world, future food supplies cannot be taken for granted. This new guide to securing future food supplies covers 19 key food security...

Fast Facts

Need to know what the food & grocery industry is doing to become more sustainable? We have compiled a list of top line information on industry’s impacts, its targets and achievements.


Confused about sustainability terminology? Our handy glossary contains abbreviations, terms and clear definitions on a range of sustainability and CSR topics.

Industry CSR reports

Download CSR reports from a range of food & grocery industry companies including Tesco, Sainsbury's, P&G and Unilever.

In this section

  • Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)

    From reducing environmental impact, to investing in communities, different companies interpret CSR in many ways. One thing they all have in common is recognising the need to act responsibly.
  • Sustainable diets

    Learn about the concept of sustainable diets and the challenges and potential solutions for industry, along with consumers’ understanding and expectations of a sustainable diet.
  • Greenhouse gases

    In competitive markets the most forward-looking businesses are using cutting greenhouse gas emissions to give them the edge. We look at how it's more than just acting responsibly.
  • Energy

    Our experts keep track of the latest trends and developments in energy efficiency from around the world. Discover the environmental and financial benefits through our case study resource.
  • Water

    Water is a precious resource, and many companies in the food and consumer goods industry are focusing more on the most water-efficient techniques. Our experts share the latest developments and best practice.
  • Packaging & waste

    Food waste is often in the headlines and packaging is under constant scrutiny. Our team of experts keep track of the latest trends and developments in product and packaging.
  • Ethical & social issues

    Leading companies are balancing the three dimensions of sustainability: economic, environmental, and social. We look at how companies are differentiating themselves on ethical and social issues.
  • Distribution

    The industry took 204m HGV miles out of the supply chain by, for example, sharing lorries and improving load fill. We share some tools and best practice with the world.
  • Working on Waste

    Working on Waste helps companies share food waste reduction advice with their employees. Over 100 companies took part last year and the initiative is back for 2015. Find out more.

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Sustainability Newsletter

Sign up to our free Sustainability Newsletter which gives you a summary of IGD's activities in the area of sustainability. It provides commentary and links to relevant key pieces of information for the food and grocery industry.

Sustainability reports library

We've brought together a sample of publicly available documents on sustainability that are of relevance to the food and grocery supply chain.

Environmental Sustainability Matrix

Environmental Sustainability Matrix

A free interactive PDF for the food and grocery industry to understand the interconnectivity of sustainability issues within the supply chain. 

Industry Sustainability Group

IGD's Industry Sustainability Group (ISG) was established in 2009 and looks at the development of insight and good practice on sustainability issues.