Over the past months, I had the great honour and privilege to chair an EU Task Force that helped to develop an “EU Code of Conduct for Responsible Food and Business Practices”.
The EU Code of Conduct is one of the first deliverables of the EU Farm to Fork Strategy and an integral part of its action plan. It sets out the common aspirations and actions that food business operators, particularly those in the ‘middle part’ of the chain (e.g. manufacturers, retailers, food service operators), can take to improve their sustainability impacts in contribution to sustainable food systems, tackling areas such as food waste, nutrition, biodiversity, sustainable diets, climate, deforestation, sustainable agriculture and more. It invites companies and other actors related to food systems to voluntarily put forward ambitious sustainability commitments, which are tangible, quantifiable if possible and measurable.