Aligning food business strategies and operations with the SDGs for a sustainable post-COVID-19 recovery (own-initiative opinion)

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Memo ta’ informazzjoni: Aligning food business strategies and operations with the SDGs for a sustainable post-COVID-19 recovery (own-initiative opinion)

Practical information

  1. Composition of the study group 
  2. Administrator / Assistant in charge: Monica Guarinoni  / Anna Khatchatrian
  3. Contact

Background

The Farm to Fork (F2F) strategy is at the heart of the European Green Deal. It addresses comprehensively the challenges of sustainable food systems and recognises the inextricable links between healthy people, healthy societies and a healthy planet. The strategy is also central to the implementation of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

All operators have a role to play to achieve these objectives, but they cannot do it alone: cooperation among producers, manufacturers, retailers, auxiliary industry, transport sector and regulators is key to a successful roll-out of sustainable food systems. In particular, food businesses can make a strong contribution to more sustainable, equitable and secure food systems if they operate in line with the SDGs and the Paris Agreement on climate change. Many food business leaders have already taken important steps in this direction, but much more is needed.

The own-initiative opinion aims to contribute to the Farm to Fork Strategy objective to stimulate sustainable food processing, wholesale, retail, hospitality and food services practices by providing the views and experience from organised civil society and stakeholders from across the food supply chain and by highlighting producers' good practices to increase the availability and affordability of healthy, sustainable food options. The opinion will also take stock of the EU code of conduct for responsible business and marketing practice. Finally, it will propose policy recommendations on the solutions, tools, instruments and legislative initiatives needed to support the role of the private sector in the transition towards sustainable food systems, especially for a sustainable post- COVID-19 recovery.