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Collaborations & Memberships

Environmental risks, social inequality and the need to provide healthy food in an increasingly complicated and unpredictable world will continue to be a challenge. The size and complexity of these issues mean they cannot be addressed by any one solution or any one organisation. We need concerted, collaborative effort involving scientists, businesses, investors, governments, NGOs and consumers to tackle the world’s most pressing issues. In comparison to many others in our industry, we are not a big buyer of many of the products we sell. And we don’t always have the buying power on our own to make the changes we’d like to see. For example, we use a fraction of the world’s cocoa that is produced each year (less than 0.01%).

Partnership has always been at the heart of how we do business. This is because we know we need and contribute to outside knowledge and expertise to help us achieve shared objectives and mutually beneficial economic, social and environmental outcomes.

Commitments and targets
Our ambition is to accelerate change by leading with others. We’re committed to working collaboratively with suppliers, civil society, the science community, governments, customers and other businesses. 

Approach
The following summarises our Food Group’s key collaborations and memberships. We outline the main reasons why we’re involved with each of these organisations.

Organisation Type Member Since Status Why we're involved 
Consumer Goods ForumIndustry Association 2014 Participating company, member of the Board, Co-Chair of the Retailer College and the Sustainability Steering Committee To help drive global efforts to tackle deforestation, low carbon refrigeration, food waste and forced labour  
Product Sustainability ForumIndustry Association 2010 Founding member, participating company and member of the Steering Group To improve the environmental performance of grocery products 
Institute of Grocery DistributionNon-Profit Organisation 1974Participating company and member of a number of industry groups including: Feeding Britain’s Future, Working on Waste, Industry Nutrition Strategy Steering Group, Industry Sustainability Group, Policy Issues Council (PIC), and the Technical Leadership Forum To help drive and shape the food and grocery industry whilst making sure our own business priorities are represented 
British Retail ConsortiumIndustry Association 1992 (and prior to this the British Retailers Association)Participating company, member of the Policy Board, member of the Food Strategy Member Group and represented on a number of Working Groups including Environment, Responsible Sourcing and NutritionTo help drive and shape the retail agenda whilst making sure our own business priorities are represented
 
Wine and Spirit Trade Association
Industry Association Prior to 1996 Participating company 
To promote the responsible production, marketing and sale of
alcohol and to share best practice
Ethical Trading InitiativeMulti-Stakeholder Initiative 1999Participating company and have been a member of the Board To drive continuous improvement of working conditions in global supply chains 
Supplier Ethical Data Exchange (Sedex)Non-Profit Organisation 2004Founding member, participating company and member of the Board To drive continuous improvement of working and environmental conditions in global supply chains 
Global Social Compliance Programme (GSCP)Industry Association 2010Participating company and have been a member of the Board To drive continuous improvement of working and environmental conditions in global supply chains 
Emerging LeadersNon-Profit Organisation 2011 Member of the Board To support programmes which encourage workers to take leadership of their own lives to benefit themselves, their families, workforce and communities 
WWF Global Forest and Trade Network

Non-Profit Organisation
 
2004 Participating Company To improve global standards for sustainable timber 
Tropical Forest AllianceIndustry Association 2014 Founding partner and participating company To support a move away from commodity-driven deforestation 
Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)Multi-Stakeholder Initiative 2006 Participating company and member of the Board To improve global standards for sustainable palm oil 
Round Table Responsible Soy (RTRS)Multi-Stakeholder Initiative 2010 Participating company To improve global standards for sustainable production of soy 
World Cocoa FoundationMulti-Stakeholder Initiative 2013 Participating company and first retail member To promote sustainable cocoa economies 
International Cocoa InitiativeMulti-Stakeholder Initiative 2014 Participating company and first retail member
To eradicate child labour in cocoa production
Sustainable Seafood CoalitionIndustry Association 2011 Participating company To promote sustainable sourcing of seafood 
Seafish Responsible Fishing Scheme (RFS) Industry Association 2014Member of Oversight Board To facilitate continuous improvement in the catching sector and ensure fish landed by vessel have been responsibly caught 
Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative Industry Association 2013 Participating company To ensure confidence in the supply and promotion of certified seafood 
International Pool and Line Foundation (IPNLF) Non-Profit Organisation 2013 Participating company and supporting the Indonesian Pole and Handline Tun Fisheries Improvement ProjectTo help develop socially and environmentally responsible one-by-one tuna fisheries 
Orkney Crab Fishery Improvement Project Multi-Stakeholder Initiative 2014 Project partner To help improve the long term sustainability of Orkney Brown Crab 
WWF Partnership Programme Towards Sustainable Tuna Non-Profit Organisation 2015 Project partner To help improve the long term sustainability of yellowfin tuna in the Philippines 
Project UKMulti-Stakeholder Initiative 2012 (Project Inshore) / 2015 (Project UK) Participating company and member of the Advisory Group To help improve the long term sustainability of UK fisheries 
British Nutrition FoundationNon-Profit Organisation 1967Participating company and member of Industrial Scientists Committee To challenge current practices and to provide evidence-based scientific insight and information on a broad range of nutrition and health matters 
Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)Research Council 2012 Member of Bioscience for Industry Strategy Advisory Panel and Diet and Health Research Industry Club (DRINC) To provide strategic input into non-medical bioscience research needs 
Fresh Produce ConsortiumIndustry Association 2000 Participating company To help drive collective change across the produce sector 
Agriculture & Horticulture Development BoardIndustry Association 2000 Participating company To collaborate on agricultural and horticultural research 
 
Linking Environment & Farming (LEAF)

Industry Association 2000 Participating company and member of Technical Advisory Board 
To support the development and rollout of the standard across the farming community. 
Major sponsor of Open Farm Sunday
Soil AssociationNon-Profit Organisation 1998 Participating company To support the development of organic standards 
Organic Farmers & GrowersIndustry AssociationIndustry Association 1998 Participating company To support the development of organic standards 
Global GAPNon-Profit Organisation 2003 Participating company To support the development of Good Agriculture Practice standards globally 
Assured Food Standards (Red Tractor)Industry Association 2005 Member of Technical Advisory Board To support the development of Good Agricultural Practice and Good Manufacturing Practice standards for growers and packers in the UK 
Prince’s Countryside FundNon-Profit Organisation 2012 Trustee To promote Farming for the Future programme and support projects which aim to secure a sustainable future for British agriculture and the wider rural economy 
On-Pack Recycling Label LtdNon-Profit Organisation 2009 Participating company and member of the Board To promote the delivery of a simple, consistent and UK-wide recycling message on packaging

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