WRAP will apply to become a charity next month and expects the transition to be completed by March 2015, the organisation has said.
In its annual report, WRAP’s chairman Peter Stone said the proposal will be put to members in an extraordinary general meeting and an application be made on 4 August.
Acquiring the charitable status will allow the organisation to better access charitable and trust funds, and will open up new ways to engage with partners, he said.
“WRAP’s objectives have always been essentially charitable in nature and its work in the public interest but our case will be stronger when we compete for these funds if WRAP has charitable status.”
The report also highlights WRAP’s achievements in 2013-14.
- the announcement that the second phase of the cross-sector voluntary agreement Courtauld Commitment contributed to prevent 1.7 million tonnes of waste, saving £3.1bn, and the launch of its third phase.
- the launch of the “first of its kind” how-to guide to support governments, local authorities and businesses to design effective food waste prevention programmes, in partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization
- the launch of new Sustainable Clothing Action Programme targets with the clothing sector supported by a ‘Love your Clothes’ consumer campaign.
WRAP’s chief executive Liz Goodwin said the organisation has now “sharpened its focus” on areas where it can have the greatest impact, namely food and drink, textiles, electricals and the built environment.