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As a member of Champions 12.3, a global coalition of executives committed to accelerating progress towards meeting Sustainable Development Goal 12.3 against food loss, The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) has joined 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.

The Call to Global Action focuses on three steps: first, following the Target-Measure-Act approach; second, integrating food loss and waste reduction into climate strategies; and finally, pursuing food loss and waste reduction as part of COVID-19 responses.

These steps complement the approach of the CGF’s Coalition of Action on Food Waste, which brings together 16 of the world’s largest retailers and manufacturers at the CEO-level with the goal of halving per capita global food loss at the retailer and consumer levels. Collaborating with Champions 12.3, an initiative from the World Resources Institute, is one of the Coalition’s objectives, as members have committed to scaling up its 10x20x30 Initiative which serves as a catalyst model for supply chain engagement and action.

Furthermore, the Target-Measure-Act approach is dependent on the use of proper data collection, measurement and reporting methods in order to develop informed, effective strategies against the drivers of food loss and waste. Harmonising these methods and developing a common approach to measurement among members is one of the Coalition’s top priorities.

CGF Managing Director Wai-Chan Chan said, “Without the numbers and the knowledge to understand just how much food is being lost between producers, retailers and consumers—and importantly, why—our efforts to tackle the problem will be fruitless.”

The Call to Global Action serves as a reminder that with collective action, governments and industry actors have the potential to drive significant impact against the challenge of food loss, reducing stress on the environment, benefitting the global economy and ensuring more food makes it to stores and onto consumers’ tables in the process. 

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About The Consumer Goods Forum

The Consumer Goods Forum (“CGF”) is a global, parity-based industry network that is driven by its members to encourage the global adoption of practices and standards that serves the consumer goods industry worldwide. It brings together the CEOs and senior management of some 400 retailers, manufacturers, service providers, and other stakeholders across 70 countries, and it reflects the diversity of the industry in geography, size, product category and format. Its member companies have combined sales of EUR 3.5 trillion and directly employ nearly 10 million people, with a further 90 million related jobs estimated along the value chain. It is governed by its Board of Directors, which comprises more than 50 manufacturer and retailer CEOs. For more information, please visit: www.theconsumergoodsforum.com.

 

For further information, please contact:

Ignacio Gavilan
Director, Environmental Sustainability
The Consumer Goods Forum
environmental@theconsumergoodsforum.com

Madelaine VanDerHeyden
Communications Officer
The Consumer Goods Forum
m.vanderheyden@theconsumergoodsforum.com