EU launches a „Code of Conduct“ for a healthier and more sustainable food industry
If you are working in the food sector, then you probably want to know more about the The EU Code of Conduct on Responsible Food Business and Marketing Practices!
This Code is one of the first deliverables of the Farm to Fork Strategy and sets out 7 voluntary aspirational objectives for associations and other actors, such as food processors, food service operators and retailers, improve and communicate their sustainability performance.
This Code seeks to improve food sustainability on three levels:
Consumption patterns for healthy and sustainable diets
Internal processes, operations and organisation at the level of the actors in the middle part of the food chain
Throughout the supply chain, in liaison with primary producers and other actors
Companies signing this Code are suggested to apply risk-based due diligence processes to identify, map and prioritize measures to address adverse environmental, social and economic impacts.
The Code refers companies to various already existing guidelines, principles, standards and frameworks on due diligence, concretely the “OECD-FAO Guidance for Responsible Agricultural Supply Chains”.
Companies and Association working in the food sector can endorse the Code, as from 5 July 2021.
What does this Code entail for food business operators? How are small companies’ taken into consideration? Does this Code overrule the companies’ own code of conduct? How can it be combined with existing CSR and environmental commitments and reporting efforts?
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