NEW YORK (September 8, 2017)–Food loss and waste is a big contributor to climate change and costs the global economy $940 billion each year. What progress have companies and governments made toward meeting SDG Target 12.3 to halve food waste and reduce food loss by 2030?

Join Champions 12.3’s Dave Lewis (Group Chief Executive, Tesco), Rajiv Shah (President, The Rockefeller Foundation), Esben Lunde Larsen (Minister for Food and Environment, Denmark), Chef Sam Kass, leaders from Kellogg, Sodexo, IKEA, and others as they make major announcements on food date labels, new corporate commitments to curb food loss in the supply chain, and more. Champions 12.3 will also release the report SDG Target 12.3 on Food Loss and Waste: 2017 Progress Report.

This event will take place Wednesday, September 20 from 9:30am - 12:00pm ET at the Rockefeller Foundation, which is located just outside the UN perimeter. This year's Climate Week and the 72nd United Nations General Assembly will mark two years since the launch of the Sustainable Development Goals.

NOTE: Embargoed announcement details on food labels and supply chain food loss, and a copy of the "2017 Progress Report” are available by request. The content is embargoed until September 20th at 00:01am ET / 06:01 CEST.



Dave Lewis, Group Chief Executive, Tesco and Chair, Champions 12.3
Rajiv Shah, President, The Rockefeller Foundation


Lorna Donatone, CEO, Geographic Regions and Region Chair for North America, Sodexo
Shenggen Fan, Director General, International Food Policy Research Institute
Liz Goodwin, Senior Fellow and Director, Food Loss and Waste, World Resources Institute
Hans Hoogeveen, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Netherlands to the UN Organizations for Food and Agriculture
Yolanda Kakabadse, President, WWF International
Sam Kass, Former White House Chef, Founder of TROVE and Venture Partner, Acre Venture Partners
Michael La Cour, Managing Director, IKEA Food Services AB
Esben Lunde Larsen, Minister for Food and Environment, Denmark
Maria Fernanda Mejia, President, Kellogg Latin America
Peter White, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, World Business Council for Sustainable Development


Wednesday, September 20, 9:30am – 12:00pm ET
Breakfast served; Media availability with speakers by request


The Rockefeller Foundation
420 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10018


Jillian Holzer, World Resources Institute,, +1 202-729-7754
Lauren Zelin, World Resources Institute,, +202-729-7736