The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) has launched a Coalition of Action on Food Waste, bringing together 14 retailers and manufacturers with the goal of halving per capita global food loss at the retailer and consumer levels.
According to the CGF, one-third of food produced is never eaten, which amounts to about 1.3 billion tonnes of food lost each year. This translates to an economic cost to the global economy of USD$940 billion. Food waste is also responsible for adding 3.3 billion tonnes of greenhouse gases into the planet’s atmosphere annually, so if food waste were a country, its carbon footprint would be third only to China and the US, CGF added.
Ignacio Gavilan, director of environmental sustainability at the CGF, said: “Food loss is a serious global problem, and it can only be effectively addressed through committed collective action. The launch of the Coalition of Action on Food Waste is a positive and important step to creating sustainable food strategies and preventing loss, and we look forward to seeing the impact the Coalition will have on the issue.”
The Coalition and its members – including Barilla, Kellogg, Nestlé, Tesco and Walmart – will contribute to the effort to reduce food loss in supply chains worldwide with their ongoing collaboration. The new Coalition will build off five years of experience that the CGF has on addressing this issue, dating back to its Food Waste Resolution and call for standarised date labelling.
Through their participation in the Coalition, members will be able to take important steps to reduce waste by fulfilling three Coalition commitments. First, the Coalition recognises the critical importance of measuring and reporting food loss data, with members committing to report their data by 2021. Second, in support of Champions 12.3, a CGF partner and multi-stakeholder organisation working to reach the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 12.3, Coalition members agree to scale up Champion’s 12.3’s 10x20x30 Initiative – extending the collaboration beyond the Coalition to engage their suppliers and other stakeholders.
Finally, members commit to addressing food loss at the post-harvest level, which is responsible for creating 30% of food waste, by engaging with stakeholders to develop initiative and effective food loss prevention strategies.
To support the global commitments of the Coalition, the group are also creating regional working groups to drive implementation at the local level, and to help engage stakeholders in those regions. Groups include those in North America, Latin America, China and Japan.