Food and drink manufacturers working on sustainability standards

Posted by Isobel Drake on 22nd January 2009

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF), which represents the UK’s food and beverage manufacturers, and Improve, the food and drink sector skills council, are working on a formal set of National Occupational Standards which underpin the development of sustainable and environmentally friendly practices in the food and drink industry.

Employers are currently consulting on the draft standards, which will define the knowledge and skills that all employees should have to make the industry as a whole, and individual businesses, more sustainable. Once implemented, the standards will be used to develop qualifications and training programmes aimed at boosting sustainable practices at every level of every food and drink business.

“Given that sustainability is about both improving the industry’s environmental credentials and improving efficiency, these standards will have huge long term economic benefits, which will in turn help to secure our future competitiveness,” Angela Coleshill, FDF’s Director of HR, advised. “FDF is fully supportive of Improve’s efforts to pull together best practice in this way and welcomes the opportunity for our members to contribute at an early stage.”