Dr. Liz Goodwin is Senior Fellow and Director, Food Loss and Waste at World Resources Institute. She previously served as the CEO of WRAP, a position she held since 2007.
Established in 2000, WRAP aims to help people recycle more and waste less, and works with a wide range of partners―including major UK businesses, trade bodies, local authorities, and individuals―to accomplish this goal. Goodwin joined WRAP in 2001 as its first Director of its Materials Programme.
Under Liz’s leadership, WRAP convened the Courtauld Commitment—a pioneering effort by major food manufacturers and retailers in the United Kingdom to reduce food and packaging waste. After just three years, the Commitment led to reductions in food and packaging waste in the grocery supply chain by 7.4%. Due in part to efforts by WRAP and its partners, the United Kingdom has achieved a 21% reduction in avoidable food waste over 5 years. WRAP is also a member of the Steering Committee for the FLW Protocol.
In recognition for her work, Liz was presented with an OBE by the Prince of Wales for her services to Business Resource Efficiency in 2015.
Goodwin is a chemist by background and has a PhD in chemical physics. She held a number of technical and production related roles with ICI and Zeneca before moving into the environmental field within the chemical industry.
“WRAP has already helped people reduce the amount of food wasted in UK homes by 21 percent over a five year period, through pioneering sector commitments, such as the Courtauld Commitment, and behaviour change campaign Love Food Hate Waste.
Globally today one in three items of food goes to waste and accounts for 8 percent of greenhouse gas emissions. In a world of dwindling resources and population increases, future generations are set to face challenges in supplying demand.
It is therefore vital that concerted and sustained action is taken to help rectify this situation across the world. This is why WRAP will continue to tackle food waste in the UK long term through Love Food Hate Waste and our new voluntary agreement Courtauld Commitment 2025 and will increasingly work internationally in order that reductions can be realised globally.
Collaboration is key to achieving this aim, so WRAP is both honoured to be a Champion for the Sustainable Development Goals 12.3, and is committed to working with other Champions, Governments, business and international organisations to help achieve this challenging target.” — Dr. Liz Goodwin