The Courtauld Commitment is a responsibility deal aimed at improving resource efficiency and reducing the carbon and wider environmental impact of the grocery retail sector.
Phase 2 follows the original Courtauld Commitment (Phase 1), launched in 2005. It moves away from solely weight-based targets and aims to achieve more sustainable use of resources over the entire lifecycle of products, throughout the whole supply chain.
At the launch of Phase 2 on 4 March 2010, 29 major retailers and brand owners had already pledged their commitment to this voluntary agreement. Today there are 53 signatories (see news release).
Progress (combined 2010 and 2011 results)
Latest results, announced in October 2012, show significant progress is being made by the signatories against the waste reduction and recycling targets. See the Phase 2 Targets web page for more details, including news releases with UK government quotes.