Food and drink manufacturers have been invited to take part in a new consultation designed to draw up new standards for sustainable practice in the industry.

The consultation, backed by the Food & Drink Federation and skills body Improve, aims to develop a set of standards for sustainable business practices that can be co-opted into training programmes.

“FDF members… welcome the opportunity to participate in building the framework for the standards,” said the body’s HR chief, Angela Coleshill.

“Our members are particularly encouraged by the scope of this piece of work and the recognition that sustainability needs to include social and economic considerations alongside environmental priorities – issues that ensure the long term viability of their businesses are a high priority for the sector.”

Patrick McDaniel of RI Training, which has run sustainability workshops for Improve, added: “There is a recognised role for people with specialist knowledge at a strategic or upper management level who can identify, plan for and champion sustainable practices in a specific operational area. There is [also] a need for all employees to have a broad understanding of sustainable practices across the whole business so that strategies can be put into practice in a coherent way.”