Emerging’s commitment to the retail food service sector

Retail Food Service businesses are those institutions and companies primarily engaged in preparing meals, snacks and beverages, to customer order, for immediate consumption on and off the premises.

In 2012, The worldwide retail foodservice sales have gone from $2.6 trillion in 2012 to a projected $3.4 trillion in 2017 Retail Food Service sector plays a critical part in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 because of its key role in providing meals to billions of customers and providing jobs to employees around the world. The sector must build around education, awareness, actions based programs, and a core commitment to creating sustainable retail food service businesses. It's quite simple, if Retail Food Service sector is on the path of achieving the SDGs then the world is on the path as well. 

Emerging activities in focus with the retail food service are mainly oriented to:

Food Policy and Advocacy in the United Nations Context

As secretariat to the Private Sector Mechanism, Emerging has been engaged in the negotiation of global positions on achieving the sustainable development goals. Some of the work that we have done over the past decade includes:

Farming First

This project was started in 2008 and has since become a bespoke information hub on international policy for agriculture, food security and nutrition. With over 40,000 followers on Twitter, Farming First has become a favored media partners to most food & agriculture-related organizations and to many media outlets.

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development 

Sustainable Development Goal 12 aims to ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns, particularly, target 12.3 which aims to halve per capita global food waste at the retail and consumer levels by 2030, as well as reduce food losses along production and supply chains, including postharvest losses.  

International Agri-Food Network and its Private Sector Mechanism

Emerging Ag has been at the core of the global food and agriculture conversation by leading the secretariat of International Agri-Food Network (IAFN) and its Private Sector Mechanism (PSM) at the United Nation’s Committee on Food Security (CFS)

CFS High-Level Panel of Experts (HLPE) Report: Food losses and waste in the context of sustainable food systems 

The HLPE report suggests action to tackle FLW to improve food and nutrition security and the sustainability of food systems. As the focal point of the Private Sector Mechanism, Emerging was the voice for agri-food businesses in open consultations. 

41st Session of the Committee on World Food Security: Policy recommendations Food Losses and Waste in the Context of Sustainable Food Systems 

The Committee presented a set of recommendations that stakeholders can follow to prevent and reduce FLW and especially the importance of multi-stakeholder initiatives 

Improved Sustainability Strategies 

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), otherwise known as the Global Goals, are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity. The SDGs place People-centred approaches at the core of the development aspirations of the UN. 

Agriculture is the primary driver to abate hunger and reduce poverty. Emerging helps you create and refine your sustainability strategy to help achieve the SDGs. Emerging works with many private sector entities to develop sustainable strategies in food and agriculture that will accelerate the achievements of the SDGs. The private sector plays a major role in achieving the SDGs. They can become a financier, and an implementer, translating profits into sustained economic growth, social inclusion, and environmental protection. 

Emerging has hosted a number of events and campaigns to get the private sector engaged with the SDGs. Most recently, the International Agri-Food Network has partnered with a number of leading organizations to host “Agriculture and Food Day to Implement the Sustainable Development Goals”. The event raised awareness of the critical need for investment in Goal 2 on ending hunger and its interlinkages with the other SDGs under focus during the High-Level Political Forum being held at the United Nations in New York the same week. 

Tackling Food Loss & Waste (FLW)

Around a third of all food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted from the farm to the fork. This huge level of inefficiency has economic, social, and environmental impacts. Reducing FLW is essential to improve food security and nutrition as well as to reduce the environmental footprint of food systems, goals shared with the Zero Hunger Challenge and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. A coalition of executives from governments, businesses, international organizations, research institutions, and civil society dedicated to inspiring ambition, mobilizing action, and accelerating progress toward achieving SDG Target 12.3

From farm gate to food service, our team has had experience with minimizing food losses. The private sector contributes to minimizing FLW in a variety of ways, including increased investment in innovative or improved products with longer shelf-life or which make use of ‘waste’ products; consumer education, consumer programs, and consumer policies. Better understanding the issue through improved data collection is an essential first step so that solutions can be targeted at specific problems and tailored to local conditions.

Similarly, it is fundamental that solutions incorporate all actors. Emerging emphasizes opportunities to contribute to solving FLW problems. By supporting the development of multi-stakeholder initiatives, promoting partnerships, and making full use of international platforms, Emerging has been actively engaged to prevent and reduce FLW along the whole food value chain. 

Communication and Engagement strategies

Emerging provides organizations with the tools and expertise they need to actively manage and promote their sustainability story.  There is a need amongst consumers, diplomatic representations of UN member states and among international organization staff to hear about concrete commitments and investments made by the private sector, academia, civil society and non-governmental organizations toward achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and the Paris climate accord.  

Emerging Ag can assist Private Sector businesses in creating an engagement strategy in which they can find impact opportunities to further its leading-edge sustainability commitments.  Through this approach, Emerging can enhance access to key stakeholder and high-level networks, create new opportunities for strategic engagement, create shared learning through best practice sharing, drive stewardship in solving some of the world’s biggest problems, strengthen leadership by increasing international visibility and create impact through communication and engagement within your community. 

Emerging Ag has a strong background working on development and implementation of communication startegies to help our clients navigate challenges, unlock potential and uncover opportunities. Emerging Ag has managed and executed campaigns such as Global Pulse Day, and World Milk Day. These campaigns have reached millions of impressions worldwide with the participation of over 80 countries.