Jakarta – July 28, 2022, GRASP2030 (Gerakan Atasi Susut Limbah Pangan 2030), one of the voluntary agreement programs of the Indonesian Business Council for Sustainable Development (IBCSD) that focuses on efforts to reduce food loss and food waste, held a Food Donation Working Group discussion boldly. This activity aims to encourage collaboration between core signatories (companies) that have a food surplus and associate signatories (supporting organizations) in order to channel this potential to those in need.
As the Chairman of GRASP2030 and General Manager of FoodCycle Indonesia, Cogito Ergo Sumadi, said in his remarks, “Instead of throwing away food that is still fit for us to donate because every food you eat is also the property of others.”
According to the EPA, one of the six ways of reducing food loss and waste that companies can do is through the redistribution of food surplus, also known as a food donation. This activity connects companies, individuals, or donors who have excess product absorption in the market to do good things by distributing surplus products that are still feasible to surrounding communities in need.
In addition, Michael Jones, International Program Manager of WRAP UK in the food donation working group discussion, also shared his experiences while handling the FLW program in the UK. In the UK, WRAP has a Courtauld Commitment 2030, a UK success story – a voluntary agreement that enables collaborative action across the entire UK food chain to deliver farm-to-fork reductions in food waste, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and water stress that will help the UK food and drink sector achieve global environmental goals.
He mentioned that there are several key drivers that encourage companies to make food donations, such as cost, corporate social responsibility, beneficiaries, and ease of implementation. However, in practice, sometimes challenges arise regarding product recalls, product damage, close or past sell-by dates, quantity, product ownership, product ownership, safety, and traceability, brand integrity, safety, and traceability, and incorrect labels. To help other companies around the world, WRAP has documented how to overcome these challenges on its website.
The one-hour discussion was attended by representatives from Nutrifood, Superindo, Great Giant Foods, FoodBank of Indonesia (FOI), FoodCycle Indonesia, Aksata Pangan, FoodBank Bandung, Surplus Indonesia, and East-West Seed.
Find out more in https://grasp2030.ibcsd.or.id/