New “Champions 12.3” Coalition to Inspire Action to Reduce Food Loss & Waste

At the World Economic Forum in Davos, a coalition of 30 leaders – Champions 12.3 – launched a new effort to inspire ambition and mobilize action to reduce food loss and waste globally. This leadership group aims to accelerate progress toward meeting Target 12.3 of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which seeks to halve per capita food waste and reduce food losses by 2030.

Globally, a third of all food is lost or wasted between the farm and the fork. Reducing food loss and waste can be a triple win: It can save money for farmers, companies, and households; wasting less can feed more people; and reductions can alleviate pressure on climate, water, and land resources. The Champions include CEOs of major companies, government ministers, and executives of research and intergovernmental institutions, foundations, farmer organizations, and civil society groups. These leaders will work to create political, business and social momentum to reduce food loss and waste around the world.


The Champions will inspire action by:
  • Leading by example on how to reduce food loss and waste;
  • Motivating others to meet SDG Target 12.3;
  • Communicating the importance of food loss and waste reduction;
  • Showcasing successful food loss and waste reduction strategies;
  • dvocating for more innovation, greater investment, better information, and increased capacity to reduce food loss and waste.

Food loss and waste has significant economic, social, and environmental consequences. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), food loss and waste amounts to $940 billion in global annual economic losses. It contributes to hunger. And lost and wasted food consumes about one quarter of all water used by agriculture, requires cropland area the size of China, and generates about 8 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions.

Wiebe Draijer: “As a leading food and agri financier worldwide, Rabobank counts many food producers among our customers. We are committed as a bank to contributing to an improvement of the global food supply by providing these customers access to financing, expertise and networks. We call it: Banking for Food. The objective of this programme is to increase food production and improve food distribution to the benefit of people’s health and the environment. One of our priorities is reducing food waste, because it enables our customers to improve their returns while a more efficient use of raw materials has a positive impact on the environment and the stability of the food supply. Therefore, we happily participate in the global Champions initiative to join forces and raise awareness for the mutually benefitting aspects of food waste reduction”
Today’s announcement takes place during the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Switzerland, alongside the launch of The Rockefeller Foundation’s new YieldWise initiative, a seven-year, $130 million commitment to halving food loss and waste globally. The Foundation’s President, Dr. Judith Rodin, is also a Champion.
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.
The Champions effort supports the UN Sustainable Development Goals adopted in September 2015. SDG 12 seeks to ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns. Target 12.3 specifically aims to halve per capita global food waste at the retail and consumer level, and reduce food losses along production and supply chains, including post-harvest losses, by 2030.
Inspired by the “No More Food to Waste” conference in The Hague in June of 2015, the Government of the Kingdom of the Netherlands formally called for the coalition’s formation in September 2015, and is providing secretariat support for Champions 12.3, along with World Resources Institute.

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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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