We can’t make Asda a better business if we don’t speak to the people around us. We regularly talk to the government and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to make sure we’re taking their concerns and views into account and that they understand our priorities, and our customers.
We also speak to the big environmental NGOs. They’ve helped us get the right policies in place and make changes to our business that benefit our customers, colleagues, suppliers and the environment. A great example is our work on timber with WWF. We also work with charities at a local level, to make a real difference in the communities and local environments around our stores, offices and depots.
So, who are we working with? Here are a few of the organisations we've partnered with recently...
WRAP helps deliver food waste reductions in the UK manufacturing and retail sectors by helping to implement focused waste prevention strategies. We’re signed up to WRAP’s Courtauld Agreements, which include a commitment to helping you cut your food waste.
We do this in a few ways:
- Slimmer packaging: we’re working on new slimmed-down packaging that protects the quality of our food so that it keeps for longer and less food is damaged.
- Longer life: we’re part of a group set up by the Food Standards Agency and WRAP that looks at date codes on our products to see if we can give them a longer shelf life.
- In proportion: we’re working closely with the Food and Drink Federation and the Institute of Grocery Distribution to check our portion sizes.
As part of the Government’s Love Food, Hate Waste campaign, we also give our customers recipe ideas and other suggestions on how to make the most of the food they buy.
The IGD (Institute of Grocery Distribution) is a research and training charity that helps the food and consumer goods industry deliver the needs of the public. Over the past few years, we have been active members of both the Working on Waste and the Efficient Consumer Response UK product and packaging waste work groups.
Sometimes we have surplus stock in our supply chain so we work with a range of organisations to make sure that products don’t go to waste wherever possible.
Here are a few of the organisations we work with:
- In Kind direct
- Salvation Army Trading Company Ltd
- Company Shop
We have worked with LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming) a farming and agriculture charity to develop our series of simply sustainable booklets. If you want to know more, you can download them here.
But most importantly, we couldn’t do any of this without the support of our customers and colleagues. We need their help to make our business better. Our colleagues are the ones who actually cut our waste and save energy and carbon, alongside serving our customers with a happy-to-help attitude!
There are a wide range of organisations and individuals who are interested in understanding how and why Asda makes sourcing decisions. We have active dialogues with bodies such as the National Farmers Union (England and Wales), The National Farmers Union Scotland, the Ulster Farmers Union, and environmental organisations such as Greenpeace and WWF.