- Dave Lewis CEOTesco plc
- David Potts CEOWm Morrison Supermarkets plc
- Mike Coupe CEOJ Sainsbury plc
- Andy Clarke CEOAsda Stores Limited
Stop the Rot! Call on supermarkets to tackle food waste in their supply chains
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UK supermarkets and businesses throw out over 7 million tonnes of food annually, before it gets to your shopping basket. That’s enough to lift all the hungry people in the UK out of food poverty.
Globally, if food waste was a country, it would be the third top carbon emitter after USA and China.
I've started this petition as part of Stop the Rot campaign because I want to see an end to this stark injustice.
Consumers are currently asked to do the lion's share of tackling food waste, but many businesses waste more in a day than a consumer does in a year.
Someone pays for these mountains of wasted food – be it you, victims of climate change, the person who can’t afford to eat, or the supermarket’s suppliers.
Food is mainly wasted on farms and in factories, but hugely affected by retailer policy. Imagine spending all year growing potatoes, just to have them rejected for being the wrong shape or size. Or toiling to overproduce cauliflowers for fear of ever missing an order. One farmer had to plough 300,000 perfectly edible cabbages back into the field. These unjust practices need to be stopped. Hidden from view, the waste piles up and suppliers suffer in silence.
It’s time to call on UK supermarkets to tackle the food waste their policies cause in their supply chains.
Three quarters of the UK’s food is sold through Tesco, Asda, Sainsburys and Morrisons. With a strong movement pressuring them, we can make them act!
Join Stop the Rot's call for the major supermarkets to:
- regularly publish their in-store and supply chain's food waste data, including collaborating to measure food waste on farms by 2018 to enable targeted reduction.
- commit to ambitious targets to reduce their own stores' and their manufacturing suppliers’ food waste by 30% by 2025
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- Chief Executive, Tesco
- Tesco plc
Dave Lewis CEO
- Wm Morrison Supermarkets plc
David Potts CEO
- J Sainsbury plc
Mike Coupe CEO
- Asda Stores Limited
Andy Clarke CEO
I join Stop the Rot's campaign call for supermarkets to tackle the colossal 7 million tonnes of food waste in their supply chains.
We call on you to annually publish your supermarket's in-store food waste data and to publicly report on your whole supply chains' food waste for individual key products every 3 years, in a similar manner to the food waste hotspots research conducted by Tescos and the Product Sustainability Forum. You can't manage what you don't measure, and consumers deserve transparency on what is wasted in the supply chain.
We call on your supermarket to commit to reducing your in-store and your manufacturing sector suppliers' food waste by 30% between 2016 and 2025. We are concerned that the targets within Courtauld 2025 will focus excessively on consumers, and that the planned reductions in manufacturing and retail waste so far appear worryingly low (in a recent WRAP document, it is speculated that at maximum it will be reduced by 12% to 3.5 million tonnes over 10 years, a very unambitious target).
We also call on you to collaborate with other retailers and WRAP to measure food waste on farms so that it can be benchmarked by 2018 and ambitious targets can be set to reduce it by 2025. Funding of this research by retailers is vital to reveal the hitherto overlooked mountains of food waste on farms, currently estimated at 3 million tonnes. Without this data, meaningful targets cannot be set to reduce this waste, and targeted reductions cannot occur.
Consumer food waste is very important to reduce, and we welcome supermarket policies to help reduce it. But many businesses waste more in a day than a consumer does in a year, and half of food waste is wasted in the supply chain, so we need assurance that your supermarket will tackle your supply chain waste too.
Please join our call to stop the rot!
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