Courtauld Commitment 2025 winner of prestigious international award

23 October 2018

WRAP’s Courtauld Commitment 2025 beat competition from around the world to win the inaugural global ‘State-of-the-Art Partnership of the Year Award’ at the P4G Copenhagen Summit on Saturday. The award was in recognition of its successful work in bringing the food and drink industry together across the entire supply chain to successfully tackle food waste in the UK.

Chief Executive Marcus Gover and Director of WRAP Global Richard Swannell received the award from Her Royal Highness the Crown Princess of Denmark in front of a 500-strong international audience.

Said Marcus Gover: “I am delighted to win such a prestigious award for WRAP’s work on delivering high-impact partnerships. It was the history, scale, innovation and proven impact of the Courtauld Commitment over the last 13 years that won through.  It was also recognition of how WRAP brings people together across long value chains to collaborate, catalyse change and make a difference together.

“This is a model we believe could be widely adopted around the world to tackle the urgent issue of food waste and help to deliver the UN Sustainable Development Goals cost-effectively.”

Courtauld Commitment 2025 was amongst 15 examples of public-private partnerships which had been chosen by a team of global experts and international organisations working with the Danish Government to showcase their work at the Summit. The partnerships represented the five focus SDG areas of food and agriculture, clean water, renewable energy, healthy cities and the circular economy.

At the Summit, which was held in the Danish capital of Copenhagen over 19 & 20 October, five partnerships were then chosen to receive a 2018 P4G State-of-the-Art Partnership Award and the opportunity to pitch for the overall prize in front of a panel of industry experts, as well as the Summit’s participants. 

In announcing the Courtauld Commitment as the overall ‘State-of-the-Art Partnership of the Year Award’ winner, P4G Global Director Ian de Cruz said: “We are so proud to recognise each sector winner as well as the partnership of the year so that these projects can help drive us forward – as a P4G family and as a network of do-ers.”

P4G – Partnering for Green Growth and the Global Goals 2030 -  is a new initiative, currently funded by the Danish Government, which aims to become the world’s leading forum for developing concrete public-private partnerships at scale to deliver the UN SDGs and the Paris Climate Agreement.

The P4G Copenhagen Summit 2018 brought together Head of States and Government, leaders of international organisations, businesses, academia, and the civil society from around the world. It was billed as a ‘place for accelerating and showcasing partnerships with scalable solutions to some of the global challenges in food and agriculture, water, energy, cities and circular economy.’

Notes to Editor

Editors' notes:

  • 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.

About Courtauld Commitment 2025

Courtauld Commitment 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. It is the fourth iteration of the Courtauld Commitment that has worked with businesses to reduce waste across the supply chain and to work with our Love Food Hate Waste campaign to help citizens reduce food waste in the home.

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. A full list of Courtauld signatories can be found here.

About 2018 P4G State-of-the-Art Partnerships