First-Ever Global Standard To Measure Food Loss & Waste

Screen Shot 2016-06-07 at 08.41.38A new international framework has been launched that aims to empower businesses, governments, and other organisations to measure, report on and manage food loss and waste.

A partnership of international organisations have launched the Food Loss and Waste Accounting and Reporting Standard at the Global Green Growth Forum (3GF) 2016 Summit in Copenhagen.

The FLW Standard is the first-ever set of global definitions and reporting requirements for companies, countries and others to consistently and credibly measure, report on and manage food loss and waste.

The standard comes as a growing number of governments, companies and other entities are making commitments to reduce food loss and waste.

Kristian Jensen, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Denmark – “We need to push for more solutions like this for the benefit of people, profit and the planet.”

Sustainable Development Goals, adopted at the United Nations last year, put in place the target of halving global food waste per capita at the retail and consumer level by 2030, and reducing food losses along production and supply chains.

The definition of food loss and waste varies widely and without a consistent accounting and reporting framework it has been difficult to compare data and develop effective strategies, the World Resources Institute says.

It says creating inventories in conformance with the FLW Standard is a critical foundation to developing effective strategies for reducing food loss and waste and monitor progress over time.

The FLW Standard also aims to help reduce food loss and waste within the private sector. In 2015, The Consumer Goods Forum, which represents more than 400 of the world’s largest retailers and manufacturers from 70 countries, adopted a resolution for its members to reduce food waste from their operations by 50 percent by 2025, with baselines and progress to be measured using the FLW Standard. Some leading companies, like Nestlé and Tesco, are already measuring and publicly reporting on their food loss and waste.

Andrew Steer, President and CEO, World Resources Institut – “There’s simply no reason that so much food should be lost and wasted. Now, we have a powerful new tool that will help governments and businesses save money, protect resources and ensure more people get the food they need.”

“For the first time, armed with the standard, countries and companies will be able to quantify how much food is lost and wasted, where it occurs, and report on it in a highly credible and consistent manner,” said Andrew Steer, President and CEO, World Resources Institute. “There’s simply no reason that so much food should be lost and wasted. Now, we have a powerful new tool that will help governments and businesses save money, protect resources and ensure more people get the food they need.”

Kristian Jensen, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Denmark, said: “The new Food Loss and Waste Standard will reduce economic losses for the consumer and food industry, alleviate pressure on natural resources and contribute to realizing the ambitious goals set out in the SDGs. We need to push for more solutions like this for the benefit of people, profit and the planet.”

Dr. Liz Goodwin, Chief Executive Officer, WRAP, said: “WRAP’s work to help reduce household waste in the UK by 21 percent was only possible through our ground-breaking analysis to quantify how much and where it was wasted. Food waste is not confined by borders, so WRAP is delighted to have helped develop the Food Loss and Waste Standard. I am confident it will empower businesses, governments, and other organisations to take action on an international scale, an outcome that WRAP will strongly support.”

The Food Loss and Waste Protocol (FLW Standard ) is a multi-stakeholder partnership convened by World Resources Institute and initiated at the 3GF 2013 Summit. FLW Protocol partners include: The Consumer Goods Forum, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), EU-funded FUSIONS project, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), WRAP (The Waste and Resources Action Programme) and World Resources Institute.

The Food Loss and Waste Protocol can be found at www.FLWProtocol.org

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