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G7 Sustainable Supply Chain Initiative – Chair’s Statement 16 December

A statement by the Right Honourable Amanda Milling MP, the United Kingdom’s Minister of State for Economic Cooperation and Growth at the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office.

  1. G7 Ministers met with CEOs and seniors from 19 major food and agriculture companies on 16th December to launch the G7 Sustainable Supply Chain Initiative. This is a new commitment of 22 leading food and agriculture companies headquartered in G7 countries to take action to improve their environmental and social impact of their supply chains and business operations. 
  1. We discussed the scale of the challenge that we face globally in moving to more sustainable food and agriculture production. We recognised that we must take action to reverse unacceptable level of global food insecurity which has deteriorated in recent years, exacerbated by the pandemic. We acknowledged that, to feed our growing population, we must produce more food for more people using less resource. We recognised we must build agricultural systems that can feed the world while adapting to climate change and restoring ecosystems and biodiversity. We acknowledged we must urgently reduce emissions from food production – which make up around a quarter of Global Greenhouse Gases. We recognised and welcomed the significant number of commitments made at CoP 26 to make food and agriculture supply chains more sustainable. 
  1. We agreed that responding to this challenge requires a significant scaling up of dialogue and partnership between governments and the private sector and welcomed the G7 Sustainable Supply Chain Initiative as an important step in achieving this. We recognised that these 21 signatory companies, with a combined turnover of over $500 billion, employing over 2 million workers, are committing to take action to improve their environmental, nutritional and social impact by 2023 as measured by an independent global benchmark. We agreed that additional food and agriculture companies from across the world would be welcome to join the G7 Sustainable Supply Chain Initiative to build on this momentum and grow this initiative. 
  1. We acknowledged that the launch event provided a valuable opportunity to bring government ministers and seniors together with CEOs of the major food agri-business companies headquartered in G7 countries to begin discussing our common challenges and identify solutions. 
  1. I would like to thank our G7 partners and the 22 major food and agriculture companies who are demonstrating leadership on sustainability for their commitment to this initiative and look forward to increased dialogue between government and the private sector to build agricultural systems that can feed the world while adapting to climate change and restoring ecosystems and biodiversity.  

List of Companies Participating in the Initiative 

  • McCain Foods
  • Danone
  • InVivo Group
  • Sodexo
  • BASF SE
  • Bayer AG
  • PHW Group (Wiesenhof)
  • Meiji Holdings Co.,  Ltd.
  • SEVEN & i HLDGS. Co.,  Ltd.
  • NH Foods
  • Associated British Foods
  • Diageo
  • Sainsbury's
  • Unilever
  • Compass
  • ED&F Man
  • 2Sisters
  • Morrisons
  • Ingredion
  • Kraft Heinz
  • Tate & Lyle
  • McCormick