What is Courtauld 2025?

Courtauld 2025 is an ambitious voluntary agreement that brings together organisations across the food system – from producer to consumer – to make food and drink production and consumption more sustainable. Meeting the Courtauld 2025 targets will help the UK achieve UN Sustainable Development Goal 12.3 by 2030.

At its heart is a ten-year commitment to identify priorities, develop solutions and implement changes at scale – both within signatory organisations and by spreading new best practice across the UK.

By targeting hotspots of resource use, we will cut the waste and greenhouse gas emissions associated with food and drink by at least one-fifth per person in ten years and improve water stewardship, with cumulative savings of around £20 billion. By working collectively we will: 

Our shared ambition is to cut the resource needed to provide food & drink by one-fifth in ten years, increasing value for everyone. The targeted overall outcomes from 2015 to 2025, calculated as a relative reduction per head of population, are:

  • 20% reduction in food & drink waste arising in the UK
  • 20% reduction in the GHG intensity of food & drink consumed in the UK2 
  • Business signatories are monitoring water use in their own operations and have improved efficiency3

  • Business signatories are participating in collective action to improve the quality and availability of water in key sourcing areas.4

Proceed here for further information regarding the Courtauld 2025 Water Ambition.

The Courtauld Commitment 2025 Annual Review 2016-17 includes information on the campaigns, pilot projects, research and other activities from the first year of the agreement.


1 Including UK production, manufacture, distribution, retail, hospitality & food service and households, initially measured post-farm gate. Pre-farm gate measurement approaches to establish a baseline are under development and will be considered for inclusion at a review point in 2018. In the meantime, collaborative project activities will include a focus on pre-farm gate waste.
2 Including production in the UK and overseas, manufacture, distribution, retail, hospitality & food service and households.
Aiming for 100% of signatory businesses monitoring water use and having delivered water reductions in operations under their direct influence.  
4 Aiming for 100% of signatory businesses supporting collective action projects in critical sourcing locations for UK food & drink supply. Over the lifetime of Courtauld Commitment 2025, these projects aim to cover around half of the production area of fresh produce supply from water stressed locations, as well as key water stressed areas for arables and livestock. Each project will aim to deliver reductions in water stress, measured against the most important water stress impacts & metrics in that location (e.g. reduction in consumptive use, improved water quality status, nitrate/phosphate/sediment levels in local watercourses).