Ambition 2025 – Shaping future value chains

Through collaboration and engagement with members and external stakeholders, we will work to build resilient and sustainable value chains into the future.

While recognising resource efficiency is a key aspect of sustainable food systems, our new commitment on shaping future value chains acknowledges this complex concept requires a much broader remit which also covers economic and social dimensions. With the global population predicted to reach 9.3 billion by 2050, food demand is expected to increase by 50 - 70%. Coupled with the effects of climate change, the global food system is set to face unprecedented pressures over the coming decades. Having a cohesive vision of environmental and social sustainability will help companies navigate this increasingly uncertain business landscape and develop new models for growth.

These challenges are all taking place against a wider backdrop of ever changing expectations. The launch and adoption of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement at the UN Climate Conference (COP21) in 2015, are driving an unprecedented movement of private sector action. Food plays an important role within this agenda, with the SDGs providing a useful framework for states and actors in the food supply chain.

As the supply chain is where social, environmental and business risks converge for food and drink companies, delivering a food system which ensures the sustainable supply of nutritious, affordable and high quality food will require coordinated action from all actors in the food chain. Compared to resource efficiency this is a relatively new area of focus for FDF, but we believe we can play a positive role in building resilient and sustainable value chains into the future, with a focus on two key areas: sustainable supply chains and natural capital.

Last reviewed: 12 Oct 2016