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ISS signs Courtauld Commitment 2025 to help tackle food waste

ISS Facility Services UK has signed up to Courtauld Commitment 2025, a 10-year voluntary agreement that brings together organisations across the food system – from producer to consumer – to make food and drink production and consumption more sustainable, from the farm to the fork.

The shared ambition of Courtauld 2025 signatories is to cut the resources needed to provide food and drink by one fifth in 10 years, increasing value for everyone. The agreement is overseen and co-ordinated by the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP). Targeted overall outcomes from 2015 to 2025, calculated as a relative reduction per head of population, are:

  • A 20 per cent reduction in food and drink waste arising in the UK
  • A 20 per cent reduction in the greenhouse gas (GHG) intensity of food and drink consumed in the UK
  • A reduction in impact associated with water use in the supply chain

As a major provider of catering services to both public and private sector clients, ISS’ UK catering businesses have all collectively signed up and formed a working group that will collaborate with WRAP and other organisations across the food system to pilot innovative new approaches for reducing food waste.

Stephen Waterman, Managing Director- ISS Food and Hospitality, commented: “We have already been taking steps to reduce food waste in our business by providing our chefs and kitchen teams with a simple app that enables them to track and minimise food waste over time, plus there’s plenty more we will be doing on this issue. We’re all hugely excited about the opportunities for innovation and knowledge-sharing that membership of Courtauld 2025 will bring.”

Steve Creed, Director of Business Programmes, WRAP, said: “The Courtauld Commitment 2025 is our most ambitious agreement yet and we are delighted that ISS has pledged their support as a signatory. We are faced with some big challenges ahead with rising populations, climate change and dwindling resources, but tackling food waste offers a practical option to address these challenges and in doing so, will create new opportunities. Only by working together can we hope to realise the big changes that are essential to ensuring a more prosperous future for individuals, businesses and the planet.”

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