About the Food Systems Summit (FSS)

The United Nations Food Systems Summit (FSS) to take place in September 2021, is seen as a critical contribution to the Decade of Action and Delivery of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The FSS will raise global awareness to understand the food systems challenges we must solve, build a global conversation on the way in which we produce, process, and consume food, and galvanize global actions and commitments to change our food systems to provide safe, nutritious food for all within our planetary boundaries.

The Pre-Summit of the UN Food Systems Summit, hosted in Rome from 26-28 July 2021, will set the stage for the Summit in September by bringing diverse actors from around the world to leverage the power of food systems to deliver progress on all 17 SDGs. The gathering aims to deliver the latest evidence base and scientific approaches from around the world; launch a set of additional commitments through coalitions of action; and mobilize new financing and partnerships.

Business contribution to the summit

WBCSD is leading the private sector engagement in preparing for the FSS. WBCSD’s President and CEO, Peter Bakker, has been appointed as a Member of the Advisory Committee to the Food Systems Summit Secretariat. Together with the Private Sector Guiding Group, WBCSD has been supporting summit processes by mobilizing private sector solutions and actions.

Business expectations from the summit

WBCSD has a particular mandate to support business engagement in the FSS process and facilitate action in support of summit outcomes.

The FSS presents a unique opportunity to accelerate private sector action to transform food systems and encourage more companies to engage. By coming to the summit with defined policy asks, SMART commitments and clear pathways for scaling innovative initiatives – the business community can help build confidence among delegates to raise their level of ambition and catalyze the multi-stakeholder partnerships, policies and financing needed to deliver progress.

Through Science to Policy Dialogues, WBCSD will inform the development of a series of “Business Policy Asks”. This aims to create a unified business voice at the summit calling for progressive government action to help raise the ambition of policy makers. The Policy Asks will be complemented by a Business Declaration that sets out the ambition of business in accelerating the transformation to an equitable, net-zero and nature-positive food systems that can nourish all people.

WBCSD events at the pre-FSS


Clea Kaske-Kuck

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