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Produce healthy and nutritious food to feed a growing world population, while staying within planetary boundaries, and offer farmers, fishers and their families a decent standard of living.
We are working across seven systems transformations needed to achieve the SDGs and accelerate sustainable business beyond 2030. One of the most pressing global challenges and opportunities of our time is feeding a growing population of 10 billion people by 2050 with healthy and sustainably produced food. Malnutrition is on the rise across the globe while agricultural is transgressing the worlds plenary boundaries. Companies in this sector especially have an enormous capacity to drive change through their entire value chain.
Research shows that it is possible to transform our food system but this can only be achieved through multisector, multilevel action with a shift towards healthy diets, substantial reductions in food loss and waste, and major improvements in food production practices. Safeguarding better livelihoods for farmers will also be key to ensuring this transformation is inclusive and contributes to ending poverty and hunger.
Businesses across the food value chain can contribute to delivering more than a quarter of the SDG targets. Transforming our food and agriculture system will have a notable influence on the following SDGs:
The Food and Agriculture Benchmark will benchmark 300 leading companies across the entirety of the food system. The Seafood Stewardship Index results will also show how the world’s leading seafood companies contribute to more sustainable oceans and coastal ecosystems.
Aviva is one of the world’s largest insurance and asset management companies, its history tracing back more than 300 years. It has operations in 16 markets around the world, but through its investment portfolio, Aviva’s reach extends to a broader and larger group of consumers. The company is a LEAD member of the Global Compact; a founding member of both the UN Principles of Responsible Investment and the UN Sustainable Stock Exchange Initiative. It is also a frontrunner in responsible investments, using its influence to support more sustainable business and ultimately a more sustainable economy and society. Aviva is an active contributor and user of different corporate sustainability benchmarks, including a founding member of the Corporate Human Rights Benchmark. Aviva’s CEO Mark Wilson is a member of the Business and Sustainable Development Commission (BSDC) and is personally committed to driving forward the sustainable development agenda and the creation of the WBA.
The Business & Sustainable Development Commission (BSDC) aims to make a powerful business case for achieving a sustainable, inclusive economy. Its flagship report Better Business, Better World, launched in January 2017, maps the economic prize for companies that align with the SDGs, and shows how to achieve them. The report includes the creation of SDGs benchmarks as one of the key recommendations. The Business Commission aims to make a powerful business case for achieving a sustainable and inclusive economy, if the UN Sustainable Development Goals are achieved. In its flagship report, Better Business, Better World, the Commission describes how business can contribute to delivering these goals. Chaired by Lord Mark Malloch-Brown, the Commission include 37 leaders from business, finance, civil society, labour, and international organisations from around the world.p>
Index Initiative is a centre of expertise in benchmarking corporate performance against stakeholder expectations. It seeks to propel the use of benchmarks to engage and bring purpose and clarity on the role of companies in contributing to the SDGs closest to their core business. A non-profit based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Index Initiative’s research and benchmarks are free and accessible to all. Index Initiative will conduct the global consultation on the World Benchmarking Alliance.
The United Nations Foundation builds public-private partnerships to address the world’s most pressing problems, and broadens support for the United Nations through advocacy and public outreach. Through innovative campaigns and initiatives, the Foundation connects people, ideas, and resources to help the UN solve global problems. The Foundation was created in 1998 as a U.S. public charity by entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner and now is supported by philanthropic, corporate, government, and individual donors.