A voluntary agreement for leading food businesses in Aotearoa to reduce food waste and related emissions, and contribute to a more efficient, resilient and sustainable food system

Our vision

He taonga te kai
An Aotearoa where food is valued, not wasted

The goal

To contribute to Aotearoa New Zealand halving food waste by 2030

UN Sustainable Development Goal 12.3

How it works

The framework

The programme is building a collaborative community of best practice where businesses receive facilitated support to identify opportunities, increase efficiencies, recoup costs, donate surplus and support innovation through tailored food waste action plans, measurement guidance and capability building.

Collaborative working groups ensure businesses can contribute to solving shared food waste challenges to ensure cross supply chain impact is achieved.

Food waste is changing our climate

– meanwhile, food poverty is increasing

1 in 5

kiwi kids go hungry


of food produced for humans is wasted globally


of greenhouse gas emissions come from food waste globally

Food waste reduction is one of the best solutions to reverse climate change


of New Zealand’s methane emissions are from food waste in landfills

How it helps

Kai Commitment Signatories are New Zealand food businesses who are committed to maximising the value of the food they grow, make and sell by adopting and developing sustainable practices

This multi-year commitment provides a collaborative platform to showcase their dedication to climate action and implement change at scale. The initiative will benefit New Zealand by having businesses participate in a more efficient, productive and sustainable food system.

Kai Commitment is an opportunity for Woolworths to work with other like-minded businesses and organisations to tackle one of Aotearoa’s most pressing environmental issues, food waste.  The programme is bringing international best practices to New Zealand and sharing the leading innovations already taking place across the food system.

Catherine Langabeer, Head of Sustainability, Woolworths

We are delighted to be part of the Kai Commitment. Every drop of milk is precious and being part of the Kai Commitment will bolster our existing efforts to reduce food waste. It will also enable engagement with other organisations that are committed to this, working together along the supply chain to ensure that as little food as possible is wasted.

Mike Cronin, Managing Director, Co-operative Affairs, Fonterra

Food loss and waste can occur at any point between where it is produced and where it is consumed. We have implemented a number of initiatives to help reduce food waste but we need to accelerate our efforts and do more. While we may have the size and scale – we don’t have all the answers. This is why collaboration is the key.

Jennifer Chappell, CEO, Nestlé New Zealand

Goodman Fielder joined Kai Commitment because as a large food manufacturer in New Zealand, we believe we have a significant role to play in helping to reduce food waste, and being involved in an industry wide program is the best way to do this.

Hamish Conway, Head of R&D, Goodman Fielder

We are excited to be signatories of the Kai Commitment and work alongside other business leaders within Aotearoa to tackle food waste and support the transition towards a more circular food system. Food waste is a significant problem not only for business but also for consumers and suppliers. By having a collaborative approach to tackle a problem we all face, the Kai Commitment gives us an opportunity to no doubt make a significant impact on this problematic waste stream, associated emissions and social impacts.

Mike Sammons, Head of Sustainability, Foodstuffs

Open for all leading food businesses