Tesco Boss Chairs Global Food Waste Campaign

global-food-wasteTesco’s CEO Dave Lewis will chair a coalition of leaders from government, businesses, international organisations, research institutions and civil society with an aim of accelerating progress towards achieving the UN target of reducing food waste by 2030. 

Nearly one third of all food is lost or wasted globally, costing $940bn per year. Food loss and waste accounts for about 8% of annual global greenhouse gas emissions. With this in mind, target 12.3 of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) aims to halve food waste and reduce food loss globally by 2030.

To help achieve this, 30 CEOs, government ministers, global institution executives, and civil society leaders have come together to form Champions 12.3. Its aim is to increase political and social momentum to achieve this 2030 target.

The Champions 12.3 coalition will work to create political, business and social momentum to reduce food loss and waste around the world and will inspire action by leading by example, motivating others to reduce food waste and communicating the importance of food loss and waste reduction.

Significant Global Challenge

The group was launched at the World Economic Forum in Davos alongside the launch of The Rockefeller Foundation’s new YieldWise initiative, a seven-year, $130m commitment to halving food loss and waste globally. The Foundation’s President, Dr Judith Rodin, is also a Champion.

Dave Lewis, CEO, Tesco
Dave Lewis, CEO, Tesco

Champions 12.3 will complement and build upon ongoing successful UN programs to reduce food loss and waste including SAVE FOOD and Think.Eat.Save, efforts such as EU FUSIONS and the global Food Loss & Waste Protocol, private sector action like the Consumer Goods Forum’s Food Waste Resolution, and other initiatives.

“Reducing food loss and waste is a significant global challenge and it’s very important that business plays its part,” said Dave Lewis, Group Chief Executive of Tesco and Chair of Champions 12.3. “At Tesco, we’re committed to tackling food waste not only in our own operations but also through strong and effective partnerships with our suppliers and by helping our customers reduce waste and save money. This is an opportunity for businesses to work together and make a real difference to Target 12.3.”

Dave Lewis, Tesco – “Reducing food loss and waste is a significant global challenge and it’s very important that business plays its part”

“Food loss and waste happens all along the global pathway to the plate—from how smallholder farmers harvest and get crops to market, to corporate losses across supply chains, all the way to consumer waste. To succeed in cutting food waste in half, we must take a systemic approach,” said Dr Judith Rodin, President, The Rockefeller Foundation.

“Through YieldWise, our seven-year, $130m initiative, we will build a more resilient food system by demonstrating how the entire supply chain can collaborate to achieve the goals set by Champions 12.3. Together, we will ensure that humanity has enough food to thrive, all while respecting the limits of our planet’s ability to provide.”

Champions 12.3 currently includes:

  • Dave Lewis (Group Chief Executive, Tesco – Chair)
  • Achim Steiner (Executive Director, United Nations Environment Programme – Co-Chair)
  • Vytenis Andriukaitis (European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety)
  • Peter Bakker (President, World Business Council for Sustainable Development)
  • Paul Bulcke (Chief Executive Officer, Nestlé)
  • Wiebe Draijer (Chairman of the Executive Board, Rabobank)
  • Shenggen Fan (Director General, International Food Policy Research Institute)
  • Louise Fresco (President of the Executive Board, Wageningen University)
  • Liz Goodwin (Chief Executive Officer, Waste and Resources Action Programme)
  • Eva Kjer Hansen (Minister of Environment and Food, Denmark)
  • Hans Hoogeveen (Vice Minister for Agriculture, The Netherlands)
  • Yolanda Kakabadse (President, WWF International)
  • Sam Kass (Senior Food Analyst at NBC News and former U.S. White House Chef)
  • Gina McCarthy (Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)
  • Evelyn Nguleka (President, World Farmers’ Organisation)
  • Kanayo Nwanze (President, International Fund for Agricultural Development)
  • Raymond Offenheiser (President, Oxfam America)
  • Cao Duc Phat (Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Vietnam)
  • Paul Polman (Chief Executive Officer, Unilever)
  • Juan Lucas Restrepo Ibiza (Chairman, Global Forum on Agricultural Research)
  • Judith Rodin (President, The Rockefeller Foundation)
  • Oyun Sanjaasuren (President of United Nations Environment Assembly and Member of Parliament of Mongolia)
  • Feike Sijbesma (Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Managing Board, Royal DSM)
  • Andrew Steer (President and Chief Executive Officer, World Resources Institute)
  • Tristram Stuart (Founder, Feedback)
  • Rhea Suh (President, Natural Resources Defense Council)
  • Rhoda Peace Tumusiime (Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture, The African Union)
  • Sunny Verghese (Co-Founder, Group Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, Olam International)
  • Tom Vilsack (Secretary, U.S. Department of Agriculture)
  • Senzeni Zokwana (Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Republic of South Africa)


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