The voluntary commitment signed by the food industry, the trade sector and the packaging industry as well as the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, the Ministry of Environment, and the Ministry of Employment and the Economy aims to decrease the environmental impacts of food production, distribution and consumption during 2019–2021. The commitment is the first of its kind in Finland.
"As the world's most responsible trading sector company, we want to actively challenge both ourselves and the food industry to do even better. Promoting responsible consumption and circular economy is also the wish and requirement of more and more of our customers. That is why participating in this commitment to material efficiency was the obvious thing to do," says Timo Jäske, Sustainability Manager of K-Group Grocery Trade.
The commitment to material efficiency promotes circular economy as a joint effort
Each company participating in the commitment defines and commits to the most meaningful and effective measures towards the joint targets in terms of the company's own operations. By improving material efficiency and the sustainable use of natural resources, the goal is to promote circular economy as a joint effort.
As part of the commitment to material efficiency, K-Group has defined targets and measures for promoting its own material efficiency over the coming years. K-Group's targets are:
- The decrease of energy consumption and the increase of own renewable energy production.
- The search of new models with suppliers to ensure a selection of easy-to-recycle packages and circular economy products.
- The facilitation of customers' recycling and more material effective activities.
- The decrease of food wastage and the redirection of edible food wastage primarily to food aid.
- The improvement of own material efficiency through new solutions.
- The training of own personnel to material effective operations.