Peter Bakker is the President and CEO of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, having served in this position since 2012.
Mr. Bakker is a distinguished business leader who until June 2011, was the CEO of TNT NV, the Netherlands-based holding company of TNT Express and Royal TNT Post. Under his leadership TNT rose to the forefront of Corporate Responsibility via a ground-breaking partnership with the UN World Food Program and ambitious CO2 reduction targets from its Planet Me initiative, holding multiple-year top-ranking positions in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index.
Bakker has been the recipient of the Clinton Global Citizen Award in 2009, the SAM Sustainability Leadership Award in 2010, and has been an Ambassador Against Hunger for the UN World Food Programme since 2011. In addition he is the Chairman of War Child Netherlands.
“Today, over 30 percent of global food production is lost or goes to waste. From a humanitarian point of view this is unacceptable as the number of undernourished people in the world approaches 800 million. From a business and economic point of view this is an enormous opportunity to improve the effectiveness of our global food supply chains. By 2030, WBCSD’s Climate Smart Agriculture working group including the world’s leading agri-business companies, plans to increase global food security by making 50 percent more food available while reducing agricultural emissions and minimizing food loss from field to shelf. I call on all companies to join this effort and make food waste and hunger history.” — Peter Bakker
World Business Council for Sustainable Development’s Work to Reduce Food Loss and Waste
As one of the seven organizations on the steering committee of the FLW protocol, WBCSD has been embedding food loss and waste (FLW ) reduction in a range of its work programs while actively promoting the FLW Standard amongst its nearly 200 member companies.
Since 2015, minimizing food waste has been an explicit goal at WBCSD’s Liaison Delegate and Council Meetings. Hundreds of leading business representatives heard the message directly from Peter Bakker and were presented meals throughout the meetings, designed together with WBCSD’s caterers, to avoid wasting food.
Under Mr Bakker’s leadership, WBCSD’s Climate Smart Agriculture working group was formed, with over 20 of the world’s leading agri-business and food companies, targeting to increase global food security by making 50 percent more food available while reducing agricultural emissions and minimizing food loss from field to shelf.
WBCSD hosts, as the Secretariat, the recently-launched Global Agri-business Alliance that will coordinate agribusiness companies’ efforts in reducing food loss, from harvest to processing, through its working groups dedicated to the topic.
The FLW Standard is also featured on WBCSD’s The Reporting Exchange, a comprehensive global resource which connects business to reliable and expert-verified information on sustainability reporting requirements and supporting resources.