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Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs


About Us...

Defra are responsible for improving and protecting the environment. We aim to grow a green economy and sustain thriving rural communities. We also support our world-leading food, farming and fishing industries.

Our broad remit means we play a major role in people’s day-to-day life, from the food we eat, and the air we breathe, to the water we drink.

We are here to make our air purer, our water cleaner, our land greener and our food more sustainable.

Sustainability & Supply Chain

The Defra group has an ambitious vision and a vital role to create a greener United Kingdom. Defra mission is to restore and enhance the environment for the next generation, leaving it in a better state than we found it. To this end we have:

  • Recently calculated our carbon (& water and waste) baseline and are developing reduction pathways.
  • As part of the baseline we have identified that our supply chain purchasing of goods and services account for 68% of our group emissions. As such we are committed to working with our supply chain to identify ways of reducing this.
  • We have GGCs and are currently developing opportunities to further improve our corporate sustainability in our four key impact areas:
  • Climate change,
  • Nature recovery,
  • Resource consumption,
  • Social impacts.

Why a Partner?

Through reviewing baselining data we are aware of the impact of our supply chain on our environmental footprint. We are constantly looking to improve engagement with our supply chain to upskill, share best practice and collaborate in order to minimise the environmental and social impacts of our supply chain.

The Environment Agency (a Defra executive non-governmental public body) is an existing SCSS partner. We have seen the benefits of this partnership and are keen to extend this to all of Defra Group.