Chief executive announces changes at WRAP

17th January 2018

Marcus Gover, Chief Executive of WRAP, has announced proposals to make fundamental changes to the organisation. The changes will ensure WRAP can continue to drive sustainable production and consumption in the UK and globally, and remain financially stable.

Successive reductions in government funding along with challenges in diversifying its revenue streams mean WRAP needs to cut fixed costs to offset the significant drop in income it has faced since 2015.  Subject to consultation with staff that is now under way, this is anticipated to lead regrettably to the loss of around 25 members of staff.

Marcus Gover says:

“We are in an environment where there is continued pressure on public spending, as well as ongoing economic uncertainty, and WRAP is not immune to that. We have been able to achieve great results by combining our resources with others to achieve impact with less funding, and that approach will continue. But we have now reached a point where we also need to make significant costs savings.

“Sadly, we cannot achieve the scale of savings we need without losing staff. This has been a difficult decision and is always a last resort. I am determined that the process of redundancy will be as fair and as compassionate as possible.

“The redesign will enable WRAP to accelerate its transition to an organisation which catalyses change through partnership. We will need to focus on the areas where we can make the biggest impact. We will also need increased support, including financial, from existing and future business partners.

 “There is still a lot of important work to be done and there is a great opportunity to capitalise on the gathering momentum to tackle issues like food waste, recycling and reducing the impact of plastics on the environment. WRAP will continue to play a leading role, working with governments, businesses and citizens, in achieving a world where resources are used sustainably.”

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Notes to editor

  • First established in 2000, WRAP is a not for profit organisation which works with governments, businesses and citizens to create a world in which we source and use resources sustainably.
  • Our impact spans the entire life-cycle of the food we eat, the clothes we wear and the products we buy, from production to consumption and beyond.

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