Cranswick announces sustainability and environmental initiative
Cranswick has launched a new project consisting of environmental and community pledges, in a bid to become a zero food waste business by 2030 and become an official Friend of Friends 12.3.
The Second Nature group sustainability initiative outlines that Cranswick will work in partnership with Courtauld 2025 to deliver its ten-year voluntary agreement, including achieving 100% recyclable packaging by 2025.
The Courtauld agreement also includes its January 2018 pledge to reduce plastic packaging use by 50% by 2025, along with a call to action for industry stakeholders to collaborate with them to take responsibility for the environmental impact of plastics as a matter of urgency.
Champions 12.3 is a coalition of executives from Governments, businesses, international organisations, research institutions, farmer groups and civil society aiming at accelerating progress towards achieving SDG Target 12.3 by 2030.
The target calls for cutting in half per capita global food waste at the retail and consumer level, and reducing food losses along production and supply chains (including post-harvest losses) by 2030.
Cranswick’s project, which is being rolled out immediately, is aiming at sustainable manufacturing from farm to fork, with the company stating it wishes to set a “precedent on how businesses tackle issues around sustainability”.
Jim Brisby, group commercial director at Cranswick, commented: “We want to be agents of change, addressing key environmental and social issues from farm to fork.
“Second Nature is not just a project; it is a movement whereby we fully intend to change the world we operate in. We aim to lead sustainability across agriculture and food production on a global scale by integrating sustainability as second nature to what we do, how we work, and why we do it.”
The announcement follows news earlier in January that the food company is aiming for 100% recyclable and sustainably sourced packaging, while also reducing its plastic use, by 50% by 2025.
Dr. Liz Goodwin OBE, senior fellow food loss and waste, Director World Resources Institute, added: “I’m delighted that Cranswick has joined as Friends of Champions 12.3, and are part of this growing movement to reduce food loss and waste.
“It’s great to see the commitment they are making to reducing food loss and waste in their operations and that they have already taken steps in the right direction. We need more organisations to step up like Cranswick in order to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.”