Australian Food & Grocery Council

Sustainable Practices

The future of the food and grocery manufacturing industry is inseparable from the pursuit of sustainable development. Balancing economic growth and social needs with the natural environment is critical. The industry recognises that the majority of resources used to manufacture food and grocery items are finite and the by-products of our operations can leave a lasting footprint.

The industry operates within a challenging business environment and must address a myriad of complex and sustainability issues which pose challenges as well as opportunities alike.

Sustainable practices need to be integrated into, rather than an adjunct to, corporate decision making.


The AFGC takes the lead in identifying model sustainability practices and fostering wider industry adoption of those practices. Along with our member companies, we are working to reduce the fast moving consumer goods environmental footprint by fostering collaboration throughout the value chain, identifying best-practice and highlighting industry successes and opportunities.


The AFGC Sustainable Practices Division works to:

  • Develop industry policies and positions based on best practice on sustainability issues
  • Advocate for improved sustainable outcomes for the industry.
  • Drive business improvements through improved sustainable practices in a collaborative and constructive way – irrespective of business size.



Palm Oil Report
Deloitte-Gas Market Transformations Manufacturing Impacts Report July-14-2014




Barry Cosier, Director, Sustainability