Sustainable Practices

How we help members

Effective management of environmental and social issues is fundamental to the continued growth of Australia’s food and grocery manufacturing industry. Key sustainability issues include;

  • Water – availability and efficiency
  • Waste – resource efficiency, minimising food waste and sustainable packaging design and labelling
  • Energy and climate change – greenhouse gas emissions mitigation and adaptation
  • Social and ethical sourcing – traceability and transparency of products and materials, modern slavery reporting

Community and government interest in responsible sourcing, food waste and recycling has increased exponentially. The Australian food, beverage and grocery manufacturing community has sustainable practices high on the agenda to meet these growing community expectations. There are many issues that need to be addressed – and opportunities to embrace.

AFGC takes the lead in identifying model sustainability practices and fostering wider industry adoption of these practices. We work with members to reduce the food and grocery manufacturing sector’s environmental footprint by fostering collaboration throughout the value chain, identifying best-practice and highlighting industry successes and opportunities.

We represent members at the local, state and commonwealth levels, in the areas of strategy and policy development, driving sustainable outcomes.

There are a number of active working groups in the packaging and food waste space, which the AFGC participates in on behalf of members. This keeps government informed of member activity and requirements.


Learn more

We keep members informed of the latest policy and regulatory developments via email updates. Members can also attend our annual Sustainability Seminar. This one-day event examines industry-specific sustainability issues and highlights opportunities where the sector can adapt to the emerging risks and trends, while maintaining a pathway of sustainable growth.

Become a member to gain access to resources or to find out more about joining the Sustainable Practices Committee.

Members also receive regular insights through a range of member-only publications and can attend events for free or at reduced member rates.


Who To Contact

Barry CosierDirector Sustainability

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