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FDF Sustainable Development Report

Helen McDermott

Food and Drink Federation

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Food and Drink Federation

  • FDF is the voice of the UK Food and Drink Manufacturing Industry.

  • The Food and Drink Manufacturing Industry:

  • is the UK’s largest manufacturing sector

  • has sales worth more than £65 billion

  • directly employs some 500,000 people

  • buys two-thirds of all UK’s agricultural produce

  • exports around £9 billion of food and drink products

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FDF Report

  • Publication of the Report

  • Stakeholder consultation

  • Report structure:

  • UK Government’s four key sustainable development objectives

  • Sustainable Development Guiding Principles, Key Performance Indicators and Practical Guidelines

  • Future Challenges and Goals

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Guiding Principles

  • To comply with all relevant legislation and to take voluntary initiatives to progress towards long term sustainability

  • To encourage dialogue between industry, government, public interest groups and others to promote the development of sound policy on sustainable food production and consumption

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Guiding Principles

  • To work with suppliers and other business partners in the food supply chain to maintain high environmental standards and to work towards the broader objective of long term sustainability including encouragement and dissemination of best practice

  • To integrate sustainability considerations, where practicable, into all aspects of business

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  • Indicators should be:

  • Objective, not subjective

  • Easy to measure and comprehend

  • Capable of audit/verification

  • Meaningful both to industry and stakeholders

  • Achievable but at the same time contain an element of aspiration

  • Calculated wherever possible by utilising data already collected by businesses for existing purposes

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Social progress

Core KPIs

  • % of workforce covered by a regularly updated individual training plan

  • Community investment/year as % of pre-tax profits

  • Notifiable injuries/100,000 employees/year

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Social progress

Additional KPIs

  • % of suppliers which follow a recognised ethical trading code of practice

  • % of employees categorised by age band and by occupational band

  • % of employees with disabilities

  • % of employees from ethnic minorities

  • % of management who are women

  • Company contributions to social welfare beyond legal requirements as a % of payroll

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Protection of the environment

Core KPIs

  • BOD/COD discharged/tonne of product/year

  • Total CO2 equivalent emissions/tonne of product/year from i) manufacturing and ii) distribution

  • Total waste/tonne of product/year

  • % of total waste recovered/year

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Protection of the environment

Additional KPIs

  • % of manufacturing operations with an externally certified EMS (Environmental Management System)

  • Annual mass of other significant emissions to air by type/tonne of product/year

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Prudent use of natural resources

Core KPIs

  • Total raw materials/tonne of product/year

  • Total water consumption/tonne of product/year

  • Total packaging/tonne of product/year

  • Total energy use in manufacturing/tonne of product/year

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Prudent use of natural resources

Additional KPIs

  • % of packaging used which is of recycled origin

  • Total energy use in distribution/tonne of product/year

  • % of energy from renewable sources

  • % of energy from ‘good quality’ CHP schemes

  • % of suppliers which follow a recognised sustainable trading code of practice

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Economic growth & employment

Core KPIs

  • Pre-tax profits/employee/year

  • Capital invested/employee

  • Average earnings/employee/year

  • Production tonnage output/employee/year

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Economic growth & employment

Additional KPIs

  • Stock market capitalisation

  • Investment in research and development as a % of profits

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Next Steps

  • Ongoing stakeholder dialogue

  • Communicate report to FDF membership

  • Dialogue with EU food trade associations

  • Development of common food chain initiatives

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  • Sustainable development is a continuous improvement process …. which must also maintain and enhance consumer trust in the food supply

  • Report is available at:


  • Please send comments to:

    [email protected]