Brambles, a leading logistics solutions company operating in more than 60 countries primarily through the CHEP and IFCO brands, has signed a three-year agreement with The Global FoodBanking Network (GFN), an international nonprofit organization. Through this partnership, Brambles will provide supply chain knowledge, in-kind contributions, volunteers and donations to help finance GFN operations in an effort to reduce hunger, poverty, malnutrition and food waste globally.
The agreement comes as the U.N. Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO) reports that some one-third of the food produced — 1.3 billion metric tons — is lost or wasted annually around the globe, amounting to roughly $680 billion in industrialized countries and $310 billion in developing countries. At the same time, nearly 800 million people suffer from hunger every day.
Lisa Moon, president and chief executive officer of GFN, said, “We are honored to partner with Brambles to leverage its expertise, products and leadership to help drive efficiency and scale in food banks around the world. We would like to thank Brambles for their commitment to the fight against world hunger while also advancing sustainability.”
Last year, food banks within GFN’s network distributed 421,840 mt of food to 6.8 million needy people in partnership with 27,000 charitable organizations and social centers. The GFN network consists of a total of 792 food banks located in 32 countries.
Brambles CEO Tom Gorman said, “Brambles is highly committed to deliver sustainable value in the communities where we operate. Food banks are a great example of that. Our new relationship with GFN builds on our multiyear engagement working with our customers to support food banks around the world. In addition, Brambles' efforts to expand both the capacity and capabilities of GFN to address hunger are an important part of our comprehensive approach to addressing food security.”
Gorman added, “We are focused on reducing post-harvest food loss, improving the ability of smallholder farmers to access modern packaging that protects the integrity of the product and enhances food safety. Whether we are working with individual food banks, the GFN, The Consumer Goods Forum or Enactus, our employees are dedicated to improving access to food and economic opportunity and to improving the sustainability of our environment.”
Zero hunger is goal number-two of the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals. Food loss and waste are recognized by organizations such as World Bank, FAO and the Consumer Goods Forum as critical challenges in the fight to reduce hunger, protect the environment and grow economic opportunities.