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
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
Business Journey Report.