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Sustainability

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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Fast facts on sustainability

Fast facts on sustainability

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.

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Be inspired by leftovers!

IGD Chef Manager Jane shows us how to make delicious pork and broccoli stir-fry from our leftovers in this video.

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Focus on food waste - industry achievements

It is widely recognised that food waste, in all its guises, poses very significant environmental and economic challenges for the whole food system....

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Transparency tops agenda for companies

The evolution of retailers sustainability strategies

Consumer demand for increased transparency and a drive for efficiency are changing the way food and grocery retail works. In response, businesses are...

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Sustainability and commercial advantage

Five examples of how sustainability brings commercial advantages

Understand how sustainability initiatives could yield huge commercial benefits for your business with these five examples of manufacturers and retailers...

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More sustainability insight

  • Opportunities in reducing household food waste

    24 August 2015

    IGD’s WoW campaign seeks to engage with employees, in their capacity as consumers, on household food waste. In particular, it helps them to reduce their food waste at home. Our debate Series seeks to understand how industry can make the biggest possible difference on household food waste.

  • Video: be inspired by your leftovers! Banana pancakes

    10 September 2015

    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 Tim Jones whip up some delicious banana pancakes from leftover ingredients using a banana and two eggs.

  • Video: be inspired by your leftovers!

    12 August 2015

    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.

  • Focus on food waste

    13 July 2015

    It is widely recognised that food waste, in all its guises, poses very significant environmental and economic challenges for the whole food system. IGD's Alan Hayes explores noteworthy industry achievements in recent years regarding waste.

  • Transparency tops the new sustainability agenda

    08 April 2014

    Consumer demand for increased transparency and a drive for efficiency are changing the way food and grocery retail works. In response, businesses are recognising the inherent and indirect commercial benefits of operating more sustainably. Toby Pickard explores how transparency and technology are steering...

  • Fast facts on sustainability

    17 October 2012

    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 covering key sustainability related topics.

  • The business case for reducing emissions

    26 September 2012

    This guide is available free of charge as an iPDF and is designed to help businesses understand what they can do to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, and communicates it in a way that will provide the business case for investment in greenhouse gas reduction initiatives.

  • The impact of crisis on water stewardship in the UK food and consumer goods industry

    23 August 2012

    A free report highlighting the impact of drought on resilience in the food and grocery industry and the need for greater levels of collaboration on water stewardship.

  • Five examples of how sustainability brings commercial advantages

    01 June 2012

    Understand how sustainability initiatives could yield huge commercial benefits for your business with these five examples of manufacturers and retailers that are already realising its competitive potential.

  • Environmental Sustainability Matrix: Understand sustainability issues across the supply chain

    10 October 2011

    Understand the interconnectivity of sustainability issues within the grocery industry supply chain with this free interactive PDF. The Environmental Sustainability Matrix outlines the main concepts, issues and challenges, and provides solutions.

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Want industry-wide recognition for your excellent work?

There are 17 awards categories to choose from. Here are just a few:

  • E-commerce
  • Employability
  • Food to Go Operator of the Year
  • Health and Wellness
  • Leading Edge
  • Shopper Activation Excellence
  • Supply Chain Collaboration
  • Sustainable Future

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.

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. 

IGD waste prevention guide

Learn how to eliminate waste or redistribute surplises from your business with this free resource from ECR UK