“Fixing the business of food”, New York, September 24: launch event of the report on sustainable business practices in the food sector

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The workshop “FIXING THE BUSINESS OF FOOD – The Food Industry and the SDG Challenge” will take place in New York on September 24 (from 4.00 to 6.00 p.m), organized by the Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition Foundation (BCFN), the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment (CCSI), and the Santa Chiara Lab – University of Siena (SCL). During the event, a report on sustainable business practices in the food sector will be launched, as the result of the joint forces of the event promoters.

After the welcoming remarks by Guido Barilla, Chairman of the Barilla Foundation, and Jeffrey Sachs, University Professor at Columbia University, Director of the SDSN, and Special Advisor to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on the SDGs, Professor Angelo Riccaboni, Chair of Prima Foundation, will present a summary of the report, highlighting best practices and recommendations in four areas:

  • promoting and developing healthy diets;
  • identifying sustainable ways to produce food;
  • developing sustainable food value chains;
  • being a good corporate citizen.

Institutional representatives, experts, academics, entrepreneurs and opinion leaders will discuss the commitment of the food industry to the Sustainable Development Goals, in order to raise awareness on main challenges, opportunities and responsibilities for the food sector and identify effective sustainability pathways towards the achievement of the 2030 Agenda.

The event, organized in cooperation with Permanent Mission of Italy UN – New York, will be held on September 24 on the occasion of the Opening Session of the 74th General Assembly of the United Nations (New York, September 24-30), yearly meeting during which world leaders discuss global issues.

In the same days, September 24-25, the SDG Summit will take place, an annual meeting of the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF), monitoring the implementation of the UN 2030 Agenda. This year, it will assess the progress made so far in the adoption of the Agenda 2030, providing guidance to accelerate the implementation of the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. As side event of the SDG Summit, the workshop “Fixing the business of food” is crucial since it provides guidelines to pass from the general concepts of the SDGs to concrete best practice in the agro-food sector.

Live streaming of the event 4.00 – 6.00 NY: https://www.barillacfn.com.

Detailed programme and further information: https://www.barillacfn.com/it/food-business/