The way we source and dispose of food is pushing us beyond the Earth’s planetary boundaries – the limits within which humanity can continue to develop and thrive.
The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has defined a “triple challenge” facing our food systems:
Our ambition, set out in our latest Sustainability Report, is to contribute to secure, resilient, and sustainable food systems that provide access to safe, affordable, and nutritious food, and minimise food loss and food waste across our value chain.
However, we cannot achieve resilient and accessible food systems alone, and that is why we are proud to engage with government stakeholders, policymakers, industry stakeholders, and key opinion leaders to work together to help transform food systems.
Johan Rockström, Director
The Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research
Member, Sustainability Advisory Panel, Tetra Pak
We believe that the food processing and packaging industry has a critical role to play in transforming the food systems, namely in driving carbon down at every step of these systems.
To address multiple challenges in the food value chain, we have defined four key pathways for change that align with the critical transitions required for food and land transformation proposed by Food and Land Use Coalition. These pathways guide our roadmap for developing innovative and integrated actions and solutions that support the decarbonisation of food systems.
Building on the momentum generated by UNFSS+2, we are looking forward to further collaboration at Climate Week NYC and the SDG Summit.
In New York, we will encourage partnerships, share knowledge, and inspire innovation. It is only by combining our collective efforts that we can shape a future where resilient food systems are a central pillar in all climate action, contributing to building a more equitable and sustainable world for generations to come.
Our team is led by Lars Holmquist, Executive Vice President, Sustainability and Communications and Eija Hietavuo. Across the week, we will further elaborate on our Four Pathways to Change and our contributions to climate action.
1 Sustainable dairy is defined as a dairy industry that emits less greenhouse emissions by introducing technologies, equipment and best practices in production and processing to safeguard nutrition security and sustain a billion livelihoods for tomorrow, while helping secure a future for us all
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