RELEASE: Michael La Cour and Selina Juul Join Champions 12.3, Coalition to Reduce Food Loss and Waste

For Immediate Release: July 12, 2017
Contact: Jillian Holzer, World Resources Institute,, +1 202-729-7754

WASHINGTON (July 12, 2017) Adding to its powerhouse ranks, Champions 12.3 – the coalition of nearly 40 CEOs, ministers and other leaders committed to achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals Target 12.3 on food loss and waste – announces new members Michael La Cour and Selina Juul.

Worldwide more than 1 billion tons of food each year is never consumed, while one in nine people remain undernourished. Food loss and waste amounts to economic losses of $940 billion per year and is responsible for an estimated 8 percent of annual greenhouse gas emissions; if it were a country, food loss and waste would be the third largest emitter after China and the United States.

“I am really pleased that Michael and Selina are joining the Champions 12.3. A key focus of our work as Champions this year is to help drive action in reducing food waste across the whole food chain – in particular, upstream in the catering industry and in peoples’ homes. The expertise that Michael and Selina bring to the group will greatly strengthen the work we’re doing in these areas and support our efforts to meet the UN’s Target 12.3,” said Dave Lewis, Group Chief Executive of Tesco and Chair of Champions 12.3.

Michael La Cour is Managing Director of IKEA Food Services AB, where he spearheads the “Food Is Precious” initiative to halve food waste from IKEA’s food operations by August 2020. By May of this year, over 20 percent of all IKEA stores had begun implementing the food waste reduction system. The initiative so far has resulted in 79,200 kg less food waste — amounting to 341,000 kg CO2 saved, the equivalent of 473 flights between Stockholm and London.

“Each year, almost a billion people visit IKEA stores. We have an incredible opportunity to help consumers lead more sustainable lives. Starting in our own operations, the next step will be to inspire customers around reducing food loss and waste in their homes and when they visit our stores,” said La Cour. “I feel passionately that to do better, we must work together. That’s why I’m committed to helping the world meet Target 12.3 of the SDGs and I’m excited about the collective leadership of Champions 12.3.”

La Cour is joined by Selina Juul as the newest members of Champions 12.3. Juul founded Stop Wasting Food (Stop Spild Af Mad) – Denmark’s largest nonprofit working to fight food waste – in 2008. With more than 60,000 supporters, including members of Parliament as well as Denmark’s former Prime Minister, Stop Wasting Food initiated the fight against food waste in Denmark from farm to fork, resulting in a major rise of consumer awareness –83 percent of Danes have become more willing to fight food waste according to the most recent figures from the Danish Agriculture & Food Council.

Juul is a co-developer of the European Joint Declaration Against Food Waste and a member of the Danish government’s Partnership Against Food Waste as well as the EU Platform on Food Losses and Food Waste. She is the author of an award-winning leftovers cookbook “Stop Wasting Food – a Cookbook With More” with participation from Danish celebrity chefs and food personalities. She is also a contributor to The Huffington Post and over 23 books and publications on food waste, and was named Dane of the Year in 2014.

“We are in a great hurry – we are running out of time, resources and nature while we keep producing food that feeds our garbage bins. In a world where every ninth child, woman and man are starving, it is our utmost obligation to stop food loss and waste,” said Juul. “I’m humbled and honored to be a part of the leadership ranks through Champions 12.3. We have great work ahead of us.”

In September, Champions 12.3 will release SDG Target 12.3 on Food Loss and Waste: 2017 Progress Report. Read the coalition’s latest report, The Business Case for Reducing Food Loss and Waste, here:




Champions 12.3 is a coalition of nearly 40 leaders across government, business and civil society dedicated to inspiring ambition, mobilizing action, and accelerating progress toward achieving Target 12.3 of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. Target 12.3 calls on the world to “halve per capita global food waste at the retail and consumer levels and reduce food losses along production and supply chains, including post-harvest losses” by 2030.

The Government of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the World Resources Institute serve as co-secretariats of Champions 12.3.



Dave Lewis, Group Chief Executive, Tesco (Chair)
Erik Solheim, Executive Director, United Nations Environment (Co-Chair)
Vytenis Andriukaitis, European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety
Peter Bakker, President, World Business Council for Sustainable Development
John Bryant, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, Kellogg Company
Paul Bulcke, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Nestlé
Wiebe Draijer, Chairman of the Executive Board, Rabobank
Shenggen Fan, Director General, International Food Policy Research Institute
Peter Freedman, Managing Director, The Consumer Goods Forum
Louise Fresco, President of the Executive Board, Wageningen University & Research
Liz Goodwin, Senior Fellow and Director, Food Loss and Waste, World Resources Institute
Marcus Gover, Chief Executive Officer, Waste and Resources Action Programme
Hans Hoogeveen, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Netherlands to the UN
Organizations for Food and Agriculture
Selina Juul, Chairman of the Board and Founder, Stop Wasting Food Movement in Denmark
Yolanda Kakabadse, President, WWF International
Sam Kass, Senior Food Analyst at NBC News and former U.S. White House Chef
Michael La Cour, Managing Director, IKEA Food Services AB
Michel Landel, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Executive Committee, Sodexo
Esben Lunde Larsen, Minister of Environment and Food, Denmark
José Antonio Meade, Minister of Finance, Mexico
Gina McCarthy, Former Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Denise Morrison, President and Chief Executive Officer, Campbell Soup Company
Kanayo Nwanze, Former President, International Fund for Agricultural Development
Rafael Pacchiano, Secretary of the Environment and Natural Resources, Mexico
Paul Polman, Chief Executive Officer, Unilever
Juan Lucas Restrepo Ibiza, Chairman, Global Forum on Agricultural Research
Judith Rodin, Former President, The Rockefeller Foundation
Oyun Sanjaasuren, Chair, Global Water Partnership
Lindiwe Majele Sibanda, Vice President for Country Support, Policy and Delivery, Alliance
for a Green Revolution in Africa
Feike Sijbesma, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Managing Board, Royal DSM
Andrew Steer, President and Chief Executive Officer, World Resources Institute
Achim Steiner, Administrator, United Nations Development Programme
Tristram Stuart, Founder, Feedback
Rhea Suh, President, Natural Resources Defense Council
Rhoda Peace Tumusiime, Former Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture, The
African Union
Sunny Verghese, Co-Founder, Group Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, Olam
Tom Vilsack, Former Secretary, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Senzeni Zokwana, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Republic of South Africa