Addressing the challenges of quantifying food loss and waste
NOTE: The draft text of the FLW Standard is now available for public review and comment. You can download the relevant documents under the "Resources" tab below.
The Food Loss & Waste Protocol (FLW Protocol) is a multi-stakeholder effort to develop the global accounting and reporting standard for quantifying food and associated inedible parts removed from the food supply chain (referred to for simplicity sake as ‘food loss and waste’). It will enable a wide range of entities - countries, companies and other organizations - to account for and report in a credible, practical and internationally consistent manner how much food loss and waste is created and identify where it occurs, enabling the targeting of efforts to reduce it.
The vision of the FLW Protocol is that wide use of the standard will empower entities to minimize food loss and waste, thereby enhancing food security, economic performance, natural resource use efficiency and environmental health. Development of the FLW Protocol is being coordinated by the World Resources Institute (WRI) in conjunction with the Consumer Goods Forum (CGF), FAO, FUSIONS, UNEP, World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), and WRAP.