Business Case

New work by WRAP looks to increase resource efficient and sustainable behaviour through buying practices.Adding specifications and criteria for resource efficiency and sustainability into your buying processes can deliver commercial advantage by reducing costs, mitigating risks to supply and reputation, and securing reliable, quality suppliers.

Buying practices need to take the following into account:

  • Increasing global demand for food brought about by increasing populations in the UK and globally which will make food supply more competitive;
  • Rising input costs such as energy, climate change and other factors will make food supply more volatile;
  • Unprecedented numbers of food supply chain disruptions being reported in the UK and more widely, pointing to increased risks; and
  • Global food prices are expected to remain volatile into the foreseeable future with commodity prices significantly above their historic levels.

There are detailed information sheets on Benefits and Risks available from this page. Each of these provides a concise and quantified assessment based on the latest knowledge. There is also a checklist on developing a business-specific case for your organisation.

In developing the business case there is a presumption that mainstream consumers are not willing to pay more for resource efficiency and sustainability but will expect it to be delivered.