The Courtauld Commitment 2025

Cutting the cost of food and drink.

Our ambitious voluntary agreement brings together organisations across the food system to make food & drink production and consumption more sustainable.

At its heart is a ten-year commitment to identify priorities, develop solutions and implement changes to cut the carbon, water and waste associated with food & drink by at least one-fifth in 10 years.

What is Courtauld 2025?


Action to increase prevention of food waste could save businesses £300 million a year. Start your journey with WRAP and unlock the economic and environmental benefits for your organisation, choose your sector from the menu below:

Retailers

Retailers have a unique position within the supply chain to affect change in production, manufacturing, and consumer behaviour.

By using WRAP’s tools, guidance and research, retailers can cut costs by minimising waste in their supply chain, encourage consumers to reduce their waste, and support third-sector organisations by developing ways of redistributing food to those in need.

To find out how your organisation could benefit from cutting supply chain waste, use the links below to access WRAP’s research and guidance:

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Manufacturing & Supply Chain

Manufacturers have a key role in the supply chain, and as an essential link between producer and retailer they can leverage change from the farm, directly to the supermarket shelf.

By reducing waste in manufacturing processes, producing recyclable packaging and using recycled material in the creation of new products, manufacturers can not only impact the recycling successes of consumers and local authorities – but can aid their supply chain partners in cutting waste and making savings throughout the production and retail process.

To find out how your organisation could benefit from cutting waste in your supply and manufacturing processes, use the links below to access WRAP’s research and guidance:

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Hospitality and Food Service

Hotels, restaurants, fast-food outlets and other organisations in this sector have a vital role to play in reducing food waste – from how they manage left-overs and customer plate waste, to how they source produce and develop menus.

Through our Hospitality and Food Service Agreement (HaFSA) the hospitality sector saved over £67million and cut 11% from food packaging and waste.



Many of these organisations are continuing to collaborate with WRAP through the Courtauld Commitment 2025, and our brand new campaign “Your business is food, don’t throw it away” supports food businesses with simple steps and handy resources to reduce the amount of food thrown away.

To find out how your organisation could benefit from using our research, use the links below:

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Agriculture

WRAP research has taken the first steps in mapping the scale of food waste in primary production. Projects to improve forecasting and maximise crop utilisation are now underway.

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Local Authorities

Creating partnerships between local authorities, third-sector companies and commercial organisations is essential for successful food and packaging waste reduction.

By using our resources local authorities can find innovative ways of communicating with residents and creating working partnerships with commercial and third-sector organisations to increase food and packaging waste collections.

Our reports, guides, tools and case studies provide practical examples and cases of best practice that all local authorities can benefit from. To find out more, please use the links below:

The Commitment

Signatories to the Courtauld Commitment 2025 agree to work toward a collective goal: to cut the amount of resource needed to provide our food and drink by one-fifth in 10 years.
The targeted overall outcomes from 2015 to 2025 calculated as a relative reduction per head of population, are:

- 20% reduction in food and drink waste arisings in the UK

- 20% reduction in the GHG intensity of food and drink consumed in the UK

- A reduction in impact associated with water use in the supply chain

To achieve these outcomes we are working together across the entire food chain, from producer to consumer, to deliver changes which we cannot realise individually.

Currently over 156 organisations are signed up to the Courtauld Commitment 2025 as either business signatories or engagement partners.

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WRAP has developed a number of tools for use by producers, manufacturers and retails across three key sectors:

View WRAP’s entire evidence base for Courtauld 2025:

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