Charitable Impact
IGD is a research and training charity which sits at the heart of the food and grocery industry. It has a trading subsidiary that provides commercial services. The profits from these commercial services fund the charity. As a charity we exist to upskill people working in or looking to join the food and grocery industry. We also manage initiatives driven by research and best practice relating to science, technology or economics in the food industry.

Current initiatives

Past initiatives

Working on Waste

From 2014 to 2016 the Working on Waste campaign engaged nearly two million people nationwide, raising employee awareness of household food waste and sharing tips on how to reduce it. 

The final stage of the programme connected non-competing companies through two interactive events ultimately creating a Champions Network to build lasting relationships and continue on the good work.

ECR Product and Packaging Waste

Over the seven years of this programme 260,000 tonnes of product and packaging waste was eliminated from the supply chain by 42 manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers and foodservice organisations. 

The project won the ECR Europe Award for Best Activation 2015.

Skills for Work Month

Skills for Work Month was developed in partnership with DWP and Job Centre Plus. 

It was designed to provide young people and the wider unemployed with an insight into the food and grocery industry, equipping them with practical skills to aid their job search. 

Reducing Wasted Miles

IGD’s research on reducing wasted logistics road miles in the supply chain. It is designed to inspire and expand thinking, and provoke much needed change in the industry. Download the whitepaper outlining the 10-year vision for the initiative.

Farming, and sustainable food supply articles

Access our archive of articles and reports from our content library.

Get involved!

Our charitable initiatives across people development, healthy eating and waste are gaining momentum. But we can’t do it alone!

2018 was a fantastic year for IGD’s charitable initiatives. See what we achieved by downloading the PDF.