How ABN AMRO is helping to halve food waste by 2030

Every day, some 2,500 ABN AMRO employees eat lunch at fourteen different locations within the bank. We're experimenting and using smart technologies and data to boost our ability to reduce food waste. These initiatives have already brought down food waste by 50%. Read below how we're doing this.

Using data and statistics to reduce food waste

ABN AMRO has launched a pilot at its branch office in Amersfoort, where the staff restaurant is experimenting with sustainability. Albron catering has teamed up with Zero Foodwaste to use artificial intelligence and image recognition technology to acquire more information on food waste. Albron is measuring not only how much food is thrown away, but also what is discarded. Staff also keep a log to record why food is being thrown away.

The restaurant at Circl, ABN AMRO’s circular pavilion in Amsterdam, is also experimenting with reducing food waste. ABN AMRO and Engie, an energy provider, have created a dashboard to measure the amount of food wasted in the production chain.

Cutting waste by sharing lunch in our restaurants

ABN AMRO is also trying out a new catering concept at its Amersfoort office and at Circl. Normally, lunch is served during meetings in individual conference rooms. The Amersfoort office and Circl restaurant no longer do this; instead, they serve one lunch at a central spot. The choice is relatively limited, as are the amounts served.

All of these measures have resulted in a 50% reduction of food waste in the first quarter of this year.

Scaling up

The experience gained during the pilots in Amersfoort and Circl is being applied at other staff restaurants. By measuring waste and changing how they work, chefs and catering staff have become more aware of food waste. In addition, ABN AMRO’s head office works with the ResQ app, which gives people a discount on food that is past the sell-by date, but is still good.

Want to find out more about why food waste is an enormous problem? And how our bank is helping food producers, transport companies and supermarkets to become more sustainable (in Dutch only)?

Would you like to know what else we do to build a sustainable, better world?

Check out our sustainability page.

Would you like to know what else we do to build a sustainable, better world?

Check out our sustainability page.

Jan Raes

Jan Raes

Sustainability Advisor

Jan.Raes@nl.abnamro.com +31 (0)20 383 1753