An association of some of the world’s largest food retailers and manufacturers has committed to halving its food waste during the next ten years.
The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) has resolved to substantially cut the amount of food wasted by its 400 and support the United Nation’s wider goals on wastage. It is hoping to help combat the third of all food by calories – the equivalent to $750bn’s worth of produce – that is wasted across the world every year.
The CGF’s Food Waste Resolution will focus on two key areas: preventing food waste, then maximising its recovery towards the goal of halving food waste within the retail and manufacturing operations of CGF members by 2025, against a 2016 baseline. It will further contribute to the UN’s food waste goals by halving global food waste per capita at the consumer level; reducing food losses along production and supply chains, including post-harvest losses; and maximising the value of any food waste that remains.
The organisation’s members include retailers such as Wal-Mart and Carrefour, and manufacturers including Cargill, Danone, General Mills, Mondelēz and Anheuser-Busch.
Nestlé CEO Paul Bulcke said: “The Resolution on Food Waste that the CGF board of directors has adopted demonstrates our willingness to engage and take action in an area where a collective industry effort can make a difference. We will leverage the best practices we have developed for the implementation of the existing resolutions on deforestation and refrigeration to engage the CGF’s wider membership in the global effort on food waste. With this third resolution, we believe that the CGF is taking additional important steps in contributing to the international action on preserving natural resources, especially water, and to limiting the global temperature rise to 2°C.”
Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever and co-sponsor of the CGF’s sustainability work, added: “The CGF commitment to reduce food waste strikes at the heart of the global climate and development challenge. It is a tragedy that up to 2bn tonnes of food produced around the world is lost or wasted, never making it onto a plate. At a time of growing food insecurity and climate change, we can’t afford to let this continue. This resolution marks a step change in industry leadership and is an important contribution to the longer term sustainable development agenda.”
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