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.
Talking bins, urban wormeries, mushrooms grown from used coffee grinds, and community orchards, these are all ideas that Sainsbury’s, WRAP and Hubbub reviewed as part of the application process. After spending 283 hours to find the winner, the £1 million investment to Waste less, Save more has been awarded to Swadlincote.
In 2011, we launched our 20x20 Sustainability Plan – 20 stretching targets to take us through to 2020. I’m really proud of our progress against our 20x20 commitments. For example we’ve removed 9 billion calories from our soft drinks range; invested £160m in our Active Kids programme, benefitting 47,000 schools and clubs and we’re the leading retailer for MSC certified fish, offering over a hundred products for our customers. In 2012 we achieved zero waste to landfill and we now use 1 billion litres less water per year than in 2005/06.
We’re making big strides as we look to tackle campylobacter. It’s been a real challenge over the years so I wanted to give you an update on some of the activities we, along with our farmers and suppliers, have been involved with.
Christmas is a very special time of the year for celebration, festivities and fun. In my role as Fire Safety Manager at Sainsbury’s, I know that as people put up their Christmas trees, decorate their houses and start to prepare the food, there is more opportunity for potential fire hazards.