PepsiCo, Nestle among companies in sustainable food program

by Jeff Gelski
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FReSH – the Food Reform for Sustainability and Health Program
FReSH seeks to accelerate change in global food systems.

DAVOS, SWITZERLAND — Twenty-five global companies, including food and beverage manufacturers, have joined together to launch FReSH – the Food Reform for Sustainability and Health Program. The program seeks to accelerate change in global food systems, ensuring healthy diets for all with food that is produced responsibly within planetary boundaries.

Food and beverage manufacturers joining the program are Groupe Danone, The Kellogg Co., PepsiCo, Inc., Nestle S.A. and Unilever.

FReSH relies on business and science working together. The program will focus on five work streams:

developing guidelines on healthy and sustainable diets, taking into account social and environmental considerations;

food production adjustment, including formulation and offering to help achieve healthy and sustainable diets;

food consumption reorientation to strengthen demand for healthy and sustainable diets;

improvement of food sourcing and reduction of food loss and waste; and

measurement, reporting and communicating progress.

Other companies in FReSH are Arla Foods, Bayer AG, Boston Consulting Group (BCG), Cermaq, CP Group, Royal DSM, DuPont, Environmental Resources Management (ERM), Evonik, Firmenich, Royal FrieslandCampina, Givaudan, Google, ProTix, Quantis, Rabobank Group, Sigma-Aldrich, Solvay S.A., Syngenta and Yara.

The World Business Council for Sustainable Development and the EAT Foundation will lead FReSH.

The World Business Council for Sustainable Development is led by chief executive officers of more than 200 businesses and partners.

Peter Bakker, president and c.e.o. of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development
Peter Bakker, president and c.e.o. of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development

“Clear science-based targets will help businesses create ambitious yet implementable solutions, which can then be brought forward to guide policy makers to provide the framework for local or global food systems, transformations,” said Peter Bakker, president and c.e.o. of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development.

The EAT Foundation, launched in 2016, builds on the work of the EAT Initiative created by the Stordalen Foundation and Stockholm Resilience Centre. The EAT Foundation seeks to reform the global food system to feed a growing global population with healthy food from a healthy planet.

Gunhild Stordalen, founder and president of the EAT Foundation
Gunhild Stordalen, founder and president of the EAT Foundation
“What we eat and how we produce it drives some of our greatest health and environmental challenges,” said Gunhild Stordalen, founder and president of the EAT Foundation. “On the other hand, getting it right on food is our greatest opportunity to improve the health of people and planet. This will require concerted action across disciplines and sectors, and business will be a key part of the solution.”
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