Champions 12.3 at 72nd UN General Assembly (September 2017)

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Champions 12.3 hosted a major event September 20, 2017 at The Rockefeller Foundation’s New York office that assessed global progress toward SDG Target 12.3 on food loss and waste, announced landmark developments and set forth a pathway to cutting in half the more than 1 billion tons of food that goes uneaten each year. This event coincided with the 72nd UN General Assembly and Climate Week.


  • Dave LewisGroup Chief Executive, Tesco and Chair, Champions 12.3
  • Rajiv Shah (@rajshah), President, The Rockefeller Foundation
  • Esben Lunde LarsenMinister for Food and Environment, Denmark
  • Hans HoogeveenAmbassador and Permanent Representative of the Netherlands to the UN Organizations for Food and Agriculture
  • Michael La Cour (@MichaelIKEAFood), Managing Director, IKEA Food Services AB
  • Liz Goodwin (@LizGoodwin), Senior Fellow and Director, Food Loss and Waste, World Resources Institute
  • Shenggen FanDirector General, International Food Policy Research Institute
  • Rafael FlorDirector, YieldWise, The Rockefeller Foundation
  • Yolanda Kakabadse (@WWF_President), President, WWF International
  • Sam Kass (@chefsamkass), Former White House Chef, Founder of TROVE and Venture Partner, Acre Venture Partners
  • Lorna DonatoneCEO, Geographic Regions and Region Chair for North America, Sodexo
  • Maria Fernanda MejiaPresident, Kellogg Latin America
  • Peter WhiteVice President and Chief Operating Officer, World Business Council for Sustainable Development

Among the event’s announcements:

The Global Agri-business Alliance announced a Food Loss Resolution to halve member companies’ food and agricultural losses by 2030, and to work with suppliers to the same end. The Resolution, coupled with The Consumer Goods Forum’s “Food Waste Resolution” from 2015, means that major companies covering the entire food supply chain – from farm to fork –  for the first time ever have set explicit commitments to achieving Target 12.3. Read more here:  Global Agri-business Alliance adopts Food Loss Resolution

The Consumer Goods Forum and Champions 12.3 issued a Call-to-Action to retailers and food producers to simplify date labels and reduce food waste by 2020.
The Call-to-Action says retailers and food producers should take three important steps to simplify date labels and reduce food waste by 2020:

  • Only one label at a time
  • Choice of two labels: one expiration date for perishable items (e.g. “Use by”) and one food quality indicator for non-perishable items (e.g., “Best if used by”). The exact wording will be tailored to regional context 
  • Consumer education to better understand what date labels mean

The announcement expands national efforts to streamline date labels in the United States, United Kingdom and Japan to the rest of the world. In addition to the labels on products, the Call to Action recommends companies partner with nonprofit  organizations and government agencies to educate consumers about how to interpret date labels. Education efforts could include in-store displays, web materials and public service announcements. Read more here: The Consumer Goods Forum issues ‘Call to Action’ to Standardize date labels by 2020

Tesco announced partnership agreements with 24 of its largest food suppliers to publish food loss and waste data for their own operations within 12 months and to take steps to reduce food loss and waste in their supply chain.  In addition, Tesco announced that its businesses in the Republic of Ireland, Poland, Slovakia, Czech Republic and Hungary have published their food waste data. Read more here: Tesco Suppliers Join Forces to Tackle Global Food Waste

Champions 12.3 launched its 2017 Progress Report assessing global progress toward achieving Target 12.3, and a roadmap for how to halve food loss and waste by 2030. Read the progress report here and the roadmap here.

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Feeding the 5000 (May 2016)

Champions will share insights and recommendations for reducing food waste at two large public events serving food that otherwise would have been thrown away.

Participating Champions include Tristram Stuart, Feedback [NYC + DC event], Andrew Steer, World Resources Institute [DC event] and Secretary Tom Vilsack, USDA [DC event].

Organizations in attendance include the Rockefeller Foundation, EPA, USDA, NRDC and UNEP.

View additional event details for NYC Event and DC Event.

Date: 10 and 18 May, 2016
Location: New York City and Washington, DC, USA

CAADP (April 2016)

Champions 12.3 will share solutions to reducing food losses in Africa and what the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) Partnership Platform can do to accelerate these solutions.

Date: 12 April, 2016
Location: Accra, Ghana