Building on steady progress
Based on what the CGF has learned during years of previous work on food waste, Coalition members have committed to these important steps to reduce food waste. Individual companies will:
The value of joining the Coalition for members is also clear. Reducing food loss and waste generates a “triple win.” It can save money for retailers and manufacturers, farmers and households. It can help feed more people and it can alleviate pressure on water, land and climate. The Coalition will also identify new opportunities for reducing food waste through partnerships across CGF members and access a more collaborative dialogue with local governments and NGOs. Finally, knowledge sharing among members on best practices and identification of new initiatives that can be launched among Coalition members will help the Coalition position itself as a leader in the fight against food waste.
The CGF has been focused on addressing food loss in the industry since 2015.
The CGF Board approves a Resolution on Food Waste, committing to align with the UN Sustainable Development Goals on the issue and adopt the new Food Waste and Loss Protocol developed by the World Resources Institute.
The CGF adopts the World Resources Institute’s Food Loss and Waste Protocol.
The CGF joins Champions 12.3, a global collaboration of industry actors committed to meeting UN SDG 12.3 on halving food loss in the consumer goods industry. The CGF’s then-Managing Director Peter Freedman is selected as a Champion.
The CGF publishes the first edition of its food waste case study booklet featuring actions and commitments of CGF members in reducing food loss in their supply chains.
Working with Champions 12.3, the CGF issues research the clear return of investment of reducing food waste and a Call to Action to simplify and standardise food date labels.
The Consumer Goods Forum’s Environmental Sustainability team holds a Food Waste and Date Labelling Workshop in Chicago, the first of its kind in North America.
In line with the CGF’s global strategy, the Coalition of Action on Food Waste is launched. New Managing Director Wai-Chan Chan joins Champions 12.3 as a Champion.
As a member of Champions 12.3, the CGF joins dozens of executives in a call to action for governments and industry actors to pursue strategies to “dramatically accelerate efforts to halve food loss and waste by 2030.” CGF Managing Director Wai-Chan Chan, one of the group’s Champions, is one of the signatories of the Call to Global Action on Food Loss and Waste. Wai-Chan also joins the virtual panel, entitled “Fixing the Business of Food: A Critical Cross-Sector Dialogue to Re-Strategize Food Businesses,” to discuss the role of collaborative initiatives like the CGF Food Waste Coalition of Action in global efforts to drive down food waste.
Food waste is one of the central topics of discussion at the CGF’s 5th annual Sustainable Retail Summit, which is held virtually due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and focuses on “Purpose and the Shared Road to Recovery” in light of the global health crisis. At SRS, speakers such Dr. Agnes Kalibata, Special Envoy to the UN Food Systems Summit, bring to light the relationship between food waste and food systems, which the CGF Directors of Sustainability and Health & Wellness say must be a “critical focus if we are to reach the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.”