Waste to Wealth Commitment

The Waste to Wealth Commitment has gained several high profile signatories, to help collectively double the nation’s resource productivity and reduce avoidable waste by 2030.

At the Waste to Wealth Summit, an event held by Business in the Community – The Prince’s responsible business network, 40 Waste to Wealth Commitment signatories demonstrated the continuing action that is reducing environmental impact and showing leadership in this area.

One new signatory is Greggs, a company that has reduced its carbon intensity by 25 per cent from 2010 - 2015 and is on target to reduce this by a further 10 per cent by 2020. Roger Whiteside, chief executive at Greggs, said: “We love that our customers care about the environment, and so do we. That’s why we’re committed to doing all we can to help tackle the challenges of climate change and are proud signatories of the Waste to Wealth Commitment. Social responsibility forms the bedrock of our business and to this end, we already have rigorous targets in place to ensure we manage any environmental impact from our operations. We look forward to working collectively with other organisations to really supercharge all of our efforts in this area and make a positive impact together.”

The summit was attended by the HRH the Prince of Wales and the Rt Hon Michael Gove MP, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

Gudrun Cartwright, environment director at Business in the Community, warned: “2030 is a critical year if we are to ensure we have an environment in which business and communities can flourish. The risks of inaction are enormous, but so too are the opportunities that could be created from a prosperous and resilient, low carbon economy. We must make the most out of precious resources, waste as little as possible and find ways of turning the waste we do create into new wealth.”

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