Leveraging sustainable food consumption

The Business Forum ‘Supply Cha!nge in European Food Chains’ took place on the 23rd and 24th of October 2015, at the HOST exhibition in Milan, official partner of the EXPO. As a component of the Supply Cha!nge project, the event has been funded by the European Union in the European Year of Development. By initiating a collaborative dialogue among relevant stakeholders the forum aims to build and promote strategies for more sustainable supermarket store brand supply chains through knowledge and good experience sharing, establishment of alliances and networks as well as discussing agreeable business solutions.

The Forum hosted about 80 participants from all over Europe and beyond representing the retailer, supplier, policy maker, civil society and consumer perspectives on the enhancement of more sustainable and fair supermarket supply chains. Panelists and speakers gave a comprehensive overview of the issues and opportunities on different stages of the supply chain which fed into lively discussions among participants. Inputs from Latin American and African representatives enriched the diverse and fruitful exchange of ideas.

After identifying issues in food supply chains, the participants discussed in interactive workshop sessions leverage points and concrete collaborative solutions. One promising way forward is measuring and benchmarking of product environmental impacts, a solution to be driven by businesses, governments, NGOs and different research agencies.

To find out more about the event and the topics discussed please take a look at the programme, the event flyer, the speakers’ presentations, the participant list and workshop materials in our download section. To get an impression of the Forum’s ambience please take a look at our gallery section.

A more comprehensive report about the Forum and future steps will follow in the next few weeks.


For further information please contact:

Neil Coles • Team Leader Sustainable Lifestyles

CSCP - Collaborating Centre on Sustainable Consumption and Production

+49 (202) 459 58 56 • neil.coles[at]scp-centre.org