Halve inedible food loss and waste in our own operations (stores, head offices, and distribution centres) and across our top 30 suppliers by procurement spend (in rand) by 2030.
Our definitions for food loss and waste are aligned with the World Resources Institute’s Food Loss & Waste Protocol.
This goal only applies to Woolworths Food.
It has been estimated that 1.3 billion tonnes of food goes to waste globally each year – around a third of all food produced. This is costing the global economy an estimated one trillion dollars annually (UN FAO). Not only is the food going to waste, but the resources used to produce the food are being wasted too. As a food retailer, we recognise that we have a responsibility to reduce food loss and waste in our value chain.
We have already made great strides in reducing edible food waste to landfill through our value chain by:
These initiatives will continue, and will be supplemented as we work to achieve this target.
We need to establish accurate measurement and reporting processes and systems for food waste in our direct operations, so as to be able to quantify our baseline and future reductions. We also need to continue challenging our packaging options to remain fit-for-purpose and ensure food quality and safety while at the same time maximising shelf-life.
Packaging and Waste
More information on our performance against this goal can be found in our annual Good Business Journey Report.