Fixing the
Business of Food

A Critical Cross-Sector Dialogue to Re-Strategize Food Businesses

This year the UN is marking its 75th Anniversary. The 75th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 75), held on September 15 – 30, at a time of great disruption for the world, was intended to further emphasize the need for cooperation across borders, sectors and generations to determine how fast the world recovers, whether we achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, and how well we handle pressing challenges.

The high-level General Debate opened on 22 September and on the same day we launched the new Report of the Fixing the Business of Food initiative, intended to present solutions to support the private sector in the transition towards sustainable agri-food systems.

Businesses can make a strong contribution to more sustainable, equitable and secure food systems and investors are increasingly showing interest in companies that operate in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement on climate change.

On September 22, the online event “Fixing the Business of Food – A Critical Cross-Sector Dialogue to Re-Strategize Food Businesses” was held to promote a global debate on the evidence for transformation. Representatives from business, finance, institutions and academia further underlined the importance of a shared commitment of all actors to resetting the current paradigms.

The Project

The food sector is key to contribute to achieving sustainable food, land, water, and oceans. The Fixing the Business of Food initiative aims to raise awareness about the major challenges, opportunities and responsibilities for the food sector, identifying effective sustainability pathways towards the achievement of the 2030 Agenda, adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015 and the Paris Climate Agreement.

Four pillars for SDG alignment

Many food business leaders have already taken important steps towards alignment with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Climate Agreement, but that much more is needed. The SDGs are a call for deep transformations in society, with time-bound objectives for 2030. The necessary changes are complex and will require shared, holistic, long-term strategies.

Discover the Reports “Fixing the Business of Food”

The project timeline

Project kick off

24 September 2019

Assessment of the industry’s progress to date in aligning with the SDGs and Report launch.

Survey results

July – September 2020

Data analysis, collection of good practices.

Business consultation

May 2020

Series of meetings with food business leaders, to share SDG-based operating principles.

2020 Report launch

22 September 2020

A Critical Cross-Sector Dialogue to Re-Strategize Food Businesses