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CEO Guide to Food System Transformation- World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)

On World Food Day, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) released the CEO Guide to Food System Transformation which outlines seven pathways and clear actions for CEOs to transform our food system in the next decade. It highlights the business leadership needed for a deep, rapid and systemic transformation of the food system to achieve healthy people and a healthy planet.

In the newest CEO Guide, launched at WBCSD’s Council Meeting in Lisbon, 17 top business executives from across the world call for urgent business leadership and action on addressing the changes needed to ensure that our food system is able to sustainably feed a growing population expected to reach over 10 billion by 2050.

Major scientific and economic reports are all sounding a clear alarm on the urgent need to act today. Public opinion and consumer demands are increasing pressure while innovation and technology are creating business opportunities:

The food system includes everything involved in feeding people and animals, from growing and harvesting to processing, trading, marketing, distribution, consumption and disposal. It is deeply connected with agriculture, land use and working forests for non-food purposes, such as timber and fiber, as competition increases for fertile land.A healthy food system is one with inclusive outcomes for healthy people and a healthy planet, and of course healthy businesses.

The CEO Guide to Food System Transformation sets out seven pathways across the value chain where business must lead action, leveraging opportunities for risk mitigation but importantly also strategic advantage. These seven pathways as well as the Guide’s action points for CEOs are aligned with the findings of the FOLU report and other milestone science reports published in 2019 and will guide our work together in the coming years. There will be disruptions and tradeoffs for farmers, businesses and governments. We will prioritize our work together for impact at scale, both in value chains and by demonstrating business leadership, providing others with the courage and understanding of how to participate.

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