Project Scale

WHY THE NEED FOR CHANGE

Environmental and social issues are increasingly rising up the global agenda, these include water scarcity, population growth, climate change, energy, pollution, health and safety, human rights and poverty. These issues are having both indirect and direct impact on the levels of food production, the way in which it is grown and manufactured, sourcing and energy prices.

Today consumers and society demand more. They still want affordable food but the issues of environmental and social responsibility, which adds enormous complexity to decision making, will undoubtedly increase in importance. Economic efficiency is no longer the only success criteria for agri-food businesses.

SUSTAINABILITY AND THE TRIPLE BOTTOM LINE

What is needed is a way for businesses to make decisions that balance these financial drivers with the potential costs of mitigating against longer term environmental and social externalities.

If businesses are able to measure and assess the Triple Bottom Line of economic, environmental and social costs they will then be able to optimise these three elements to see what might be done differently in the future.

THE ROLE LOGISTICS AND COLLABORATION PLAY

Logistics operations in supply chains can be planned and executed in a significantly more sustainable fashion with increased collaboration between firms acting along a supply chain. With a better understanding of collaboration and sustainability practices the agri-food industry will be able to measure and optimise the balance of economic, social and environmental benefits it delivers.

MAKING A STEP-CHANGE HAPPEN

Project SCALE is aiming to deliver a number of tools and frameworks that the agri-food sector can use to improve the efficiency and sustainability of food and drink logistics throughout the supply chain. These tools and frameworks will be piloted across a range of food networks to demonstrate how the new approaches can deliver real commercial benefits.

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