As Agriculture Manager for lamb at Sainsbury’s I spend most of my time out on farms and with our suppliers. This is a really important part of my job because it means I can see exactly what is being produced for our customers and work with our farmers to make improvements.
We know that there's a wide range of issues that our customers care about. Last year we released our Closer to Customers report, insight into what matters most to our customers when it comes to Corporate Responsibility. Our findings showed that food waste was the number one area.
Waste, especially food waste is something that our customers care about and has long been a focus for us. Through our Waste less, Save more initiative we have an ambitious goal to help households reduce their food waste by 50% which means a saving of £350 a year* for every household. However more than ever, our customers want to know what we’re doing to ensure food doesn't go to waste.
Lizzie Brass is a 20 year old apprentice poultry farmer in Penrith, Cumbria. She is among the first cohort of Sainsbury’s agricultural apprentices who started their formal training in October 2015. Every month the apprentices will blog about their experiences as they begin a farming career.
Concerns about rising levels of obesity, particularly among our children, are well founded. One in ten children enters primary school obese, rising to one in five children as they leave primary school. We’re reminded of alarming facts like these on a daily basis and understand the strain treating obesity-related illnesses places on our NHS – costing £6 billion a year. Health is a key concern on our customers’ agenda – and they’ve told us they want us to make healthier choices simpler and easier.
In 2012 we achieved our zero waste to landfill commitment, an achievement that we’re proud of, and we continue to find ways we can improve our operational waste to be more efficient and waste less food.
George Symes is a 16 year old apprentice dairy farmer at Holbrook Farm in Wick. He is among the first cohort of Sainsbury’s agricultural apprentices who started their formal training in October 2015. Every month the apprentices will blog about their experiences as they begin a farming career.
Thousands of people, including our customers and colleagues, have been affected by the severe storms across the UK over the last few weeks. The flooding has had a devastating impact in many areas and it’s important that we play our part. We’re supporting communities affected by the flooding by donating essential items such as food, clothing, bottled water and cleaning products. So far we have released over £100,000’s worth of goods across many impacted towns and villages.
We went on a search in September to find a community to take on our Waste less, Save more town challenge, and as the applications started rolling I was amazed by the enthusiasm there is across the UK to reduce household food waste. We received 189 applications from towns of all sizes and across all regions to receive £1 million investment to tackle waste and save people money.
I’ve just touched down following a trip to Africa, covering thousands of miles across four countries in two weeks. A key part of my role in the Sustainable and Ethical Sourcing team at Sainsbury’s is to see our supply chains first hand. So I met with farmers and workers that grow and process our products to see that they are treated fairly and able to build sustainable livelihoods for themselves and their families.