Food loss and waste accounting and reporting standard

Craig Hanson, Brian Lipinski, Kai Robertson, Debora Dias, Ignacio Gavilan, Pascal Gréverath, Sabine Ritter, Jorge Fonseca, Robert van Otterdijk, Toine Timmermans, James Lomax, Clementine O’Connor, Andy Dawe, Richard Swannell, Violaine Berger, Matthew Redd
World Resources Institute; Nestlé; The Consumer Goods Forum; Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations; EU-funded FUSIONS; United Nations Environment Programme; The Waste and Resources Action Programme; World Business Council for Sustainable Development.
Resource type:
Reports and discussion papers

This document summarises the important features of the Food Loss and Waste Accounting and Reporting Standard, including the rationale, steps that should be followed when undertaking an inventory, and the requirements that must be met. The report itself is an example of PPE, written by experts from the World Resources Institute (WRI), the Consumer Goods Forum (CGF), Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the European Union Fusions Project.

This is the first global standard that provides requirements and guidance for quantifying and reporting on the weight of food and/or associated inedible parts removed from the food supply chain. It is meant for everyone – from small business, to global food suppliers and distributors, to policy and decision makers. Perhaps, most importantly, it includes universally applicable definitions for describing the components of ‘food loss and waste,’ since galvanizing action will be more challenging without universal measurements.

This resource presents evidence or data but has not been peer reviewed