Convenience food group Greencore has today outlined a new sustainability strategy which includes a range of pledges across the areas of sourcing, manufacturing and community engagement. 

The pledges include commitments that all of Greencore's packaging will be recyclable or reusable by 2025, that food waste will be reduced by 50% by 2030.

The company plans to operate with net zero emissions by 2040. 

Greencore also said it will commit to a fully recyclable sandwich skillet will be developed and brought to market in 2021, while it is aiming for a deforestation-free supply chain by 2025.

It also said that all of its raw materials will be sustainably sourced by 2030 and all of its surplus produce will be donated to local communities by 2022.

The company also said its product development will be equally split between animal protein versus plant-rich alternatives by 2030.

Greencore is the biggest sandwich maker in the UK.

It said its sustainability credentials are already well established, and today's pledges build on the progress that it has made in this area in recent years. 

Since 2018 Greencore has reduced its energy consumption by 10%, reduced its water usage by 9%, and cut its total net Scope 1 & 2 carbon emissions by 39%. 

In the areas of community engagement and social responsibility, it donated over 1.5 million meals to people in need last year, and also created over 1,300 new permanent roles for people that were previously on agency contracts. 

Patrick Coveney, Greencore's chief executive, said the company is passionate about playing its part in building a fairer and more resilient food system for generations to come. 

"We want to ensure that our actions and products make a real difference in improving people's lives - whether it's through the provision of tasty, healthier, affordable food, gainful employment or social development." the CEO said. 

"The pledges that we have made reflect our long-term ambitions for sustainability, as well as our confidence that we can realise them," he added.