Food waste is an end-to-end challenge that requires end-to-end solutions.

Whole chain food waste reduction plans bring together partners from across the value chain in using a collaborative problem-solving approach to reduce food waste from farm to fork. 

WRAP and IGD are inviting businesses to participate in whole chain food waste reduction plans (WCPs) – working together across the supply chain to take joint actions that reduce farm to fork food waste. WCPs form a key deliverable of the Courtauld Commitment 2030 and the UK Food Waste Reduction Roadmap. Supporters of the Roadmap have committed to Target, Measure, Act to reduce their own food waste, work in partnership with suppliers, and help consumers.

Access the toolkit here. Businesses interested in undertaking a whole chain food waste reduction plan can also contact the WRAP team.

WCPs enable businesses to:

  • Go beyond their own operation to identify food waste hotspots across the whole chain from farm to fork;
  • Realise tangible commercial benefits through reduced costs or increased sales;
  • Collaborate more closely with supply chain partners to take a Target, Measure, Act approach to reducing food waste;
  • Achieve individual business targets such as ESG objectives and meet collective commitments such as Courtauld 2030 and SDG 12.3;
  • Support all parts of the supply chain, from primary producers to end consumers to reduce food waste in the high waste hotspots; and
  • Enhance existing relationships by getting a better understanding of all parts of the supply chain, sharing data and insight. 
Read our whole chain case studies here. Businesses interested in undertaking a whole chain food waste reduction plan can also contact the WRAP team.

What’s in the toolkit?

- Guides

  • Quick start guide – jump straight to areas you need support with, for those who are more experienced with running end-to-end projects.
  • Full guidance – detailed guidance for every stage of running a WCP.
  • Executive summary – raise awareness and secure buy-in from senior managers with this introduction to WCPs and their benefits.

- Templates

- Sector-specific resources

  • Concise guides that identify common, key considerations across the supply chain along with suggested KPIs and, where available, benchmarks, to serve as a starting point for discussions. Guides have been created for key sectors including Bakery, Dairy and Fresh Produce.

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  • WCP toolkit executive summary

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  • WCP toolkit full guidance

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  • WCP toolkit quickstart guide

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  • WCP toolkit Action Plan template

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  • WCP toolkit case study template

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  • WCP toolkit Hotspot identification tool

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  • WCP toolkit invitation to participate template letter

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  • WCP toolkit project charter template

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  • WCP toolkit Bakery considerations

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  • WCP toolkit Dairy considerations

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  • WCP toolkit Fresh Produce considerations

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