On June 23rd, 2021, The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) Japan Sustainability Local Group, WRI 10x20x30 Food Waste Japan Project and Save the Children Japan held an online press conference to announce their collaboration to provide 3,000 food boxes during the upcoming summer holiday to help vulnerable families and their children impacted by Covid-19. During the press conference, CGF was represented by the Japan Sustainability Local Group’s Co-Chair, Yumie Kawashima of AEON, and CGF Japan’s Noriko Shindo,

19 companies* – Ajinomoto, Ajinomoto AGF, Aeon Food Supply, Aeon Retail, S&B Foods, Cargill Japan, Kikkoman, Kewpie, Costco Wholesale Japan, Danone Japan, Nichirei Foods, Nippon Suisan Kaisha, Nestle Japan, Meiji, Hikari Miso, Fuji Oil Holdings, Lotte, Asahi Group Holdings, and Kirin Beverage – confirmed their involvements in the initiative and have already begun to send food donations.

Initiated by CGF Japan Food Waste Working Group, which set a need to reduce food waste and provide aid to vulnerable communities as a priority action, the initial call-to-action was sent in mid-May to all CGF Japan members, and many replied positively providing goods and/or services.  Save the Children Japan then officially opened this project for further support via their website from June 23rd through 30th. The 3,000 boxes now plan to be distributed to the family depending on the number from the end of July.

As a first collaboration by the Japan Sustainability Local Group for this kind of aid project, the Group’s retail Co-Chair Yumie Kawashima of AEON expressed her hope to continue to scale-up this Covid-19 response action. The CGF Japan Food Waste Working Group is now also planning to develop a list of food banks to aid members in making further donations as and when possible.

CGF Japan today counts 64 members, working mainly on sustainability, health and wellness (CHL) and GFSI. The Japan Sustainability Local Group consists of five separate working groups: Social, Plastic Waste, Food Waste, Palm Oil and Refrigeration. The Japan Food Waste Working Group has 11 members and is initiated by AEON and Cargill Japan.

*As of 23rd June. List includes group companies of CGF members.

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