Major firms including Tesco, Waitrose, Sainsbury’s and Nestlé will today sign a pledge to reduce their food waste by halve by 2030, according to the Government.
Food surplus and waste “champion” Ben Elliot will today host a major symposium “Step up to the Plate” at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum. It will see the food, retail, hospitality sector, along with chefs and social media influencers join together to commit in reducing their own food waste.
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Environment Secretary Michael Gove and Minister Thérèse Coffey were among the first to sign up to the pledge, which includes an aim to halve food waste by 2030.
They will today be joined by Waitrose, Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Nestlé, who will also sign this pledge.
At the event, Environment Secretary Michael Gove is expected to say: “I want to thank our Food Surplus and Waste Champion Ben Elliot for bringing together the biggest players from the world of food today to ‘Step up to the Plate’ and slash food waste.
“Every year, millions of tonnes of good, nutritious food is thrown away. This is an environmental, economic and moral scandal, and I am determined to tackle it. I urge businesses to join me in signing the pledge to deliver real change to stop good food going to waste.”
The pledge asks attendees to reduce food waste by:
- Setting a target to halve food waste by 2030, in line with UN Sustainable Development Goal 12.3. adopting the WRAP and IGD Food Waste Food Waste Reduction Roadmap to have half of 250 of the UK’s biggest food firms measuring, reporting and action on food waste by 2019
- Embracing a Food Conversation week of action in November 2019 to highlight the changes we can all make
- Using their voice and status to empower and encourage people, including the younger generation
- Changing their habits as an individual to be a “food value champion” at work and home, buying only what they need and eating what they buy.