On 22nd September 2020, Managing Director of The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF), Wai-Chan Chan, joined the virtual panel, entitled “Fixing the Business of Food: A Critical Cross-Sector Dialogue to Re-Strategize Food Businesses,” hosted by the Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition (BCFN) together with the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), the Santa Chiara Lab – University of Siena (SCL) and the Columbia Center for Sustainable Investment (CCSI). 

Wai-Chan joined the panel to discuss the powerful opportunity private and public partnerships represent in our global efforts to build more sustainable food systems, which would help reduce food waste and also increase access to healthier food. He gave the example of the CGF’s Food Waste Coalition of Action as an industry initiative that brings together major brands to drive sustainable change on this issue. Giving details of the Coalition’s priorities and those of its working groups, both within the Coalition and regionally, he said this work will be able to drive environmental and business impacts to help build sustainable food systems. He also said 2021 will be a fantastic opportunity to transition towards more sustainable food systems given the first-ever Food Systems Summit will take place.

Wai-Chan joined moderator Barbara Buchner, Global Managing Director of the Climate Policy Initiative, and 11 other panelists during the two-hour webinar: Mariangela Zappia, Permanent Representative at the Permanent Mission of Italy to the United Nations in New York; Guido Barilla, Chairman of the Barilla Group and Barilla Foundation; Jeffrey Sachs, President of SDSN; Alzbeta Klein, Director and Global Head of Climate Business at the International Finance Corporation; Alexandra Liftman, Global Environmental Executive at the Bank of America; Frans Timmermans, Executive Vice President at the European Commission; Pedro Moura Costa, Co-Founder and President of the BVRio Environmental Exchange; Justine Leigh-Bell, Deputy CEO & Director of Market Development at the Climate Bonds Initiative; and Rachel Kyte CMG, Dean of The Fletcher School at Tufts University.

For more information about the CGF’s work to reduce food waste, visit www.tcgffoodwaste.com