She will join the organisation as Senior Fellow and Director, Food Loss and Waste and will advance WRI’s efforts to encourage countries and companies to measure and monitor food loss and waste, engage the public and private sectors to implement solutions, and further build partnerships for action.
“Liz brings immense expertise and experience on issues of food, sustainability, and the environment,” said Craig Hanson, Global Director of WRI’s Food, Forests, and Water Programmes. “She has had a tremendous impact raising food loss and waste as a vital economic, social, and environmental issue, and she has successfully helped companies and governments reduce food waste at scale. WRI is thrilled she will continue her important work with our organization.”
Goodwin said: “I’m delighted to be joining WRI and excited to have the opportunity to continue to tackle food loss and waste on a global stage and scale…”
Goodwin joins WRI after 15 years, including nine years as CEO, with WRAP. Under her leadership, WRAP initiatives helped reduce the amount of food wasted in homes across the UK by 21% over just five years. WRAP’s “Love Food Hate Waste” campaign has raised awareness among consumers, provided consumers with recipes and tips to avoid wasting food, and helped retailers change practices in order to waste less food.
In 2005, WRAP launched its signature Courtauld Commitment, a voluntary agreement aimed at improving resource efficiency and reducing waste within the UK grocery sector.
The Commitment has engaged the UK’s largest food producers and retailers, and in phase 2 of the agreement alone, a total of 1.7m metric tons of waste was reduced by signatories. This impact has a financial value of £3.1bn and equates to a reduction of 4.8m metric tons of CO2e.
Global Food Waste
At World Resources Institute, Goodwin will tackle the issue of food loss and waste at the global level. Worldwide, one-third of all produced food winds up never being eaten.
WRI is a world leader in analyses, partnerships, and strategies to secure a sustainable food future. Goodwin has worked closely with WRI – most recently as a member of Champions 12.3, a coalition of leaders dedicated to inspiring ambition, mobilising action, and accelerating progress toward achieving Sustainable Development Goal Target 12.3 by 2030.
Goodwin and WRAP have also collaborated with WRI as members of the Food Loss and Waste Protocol, a partnership, which developed the new Food Loss and Waste Accounting and Reporting Standard for quantifying food and/or associated inedible parts removed from the food supply chain.
Goodwin said: “I’m delighted to be joining WRI and excited to have the opportunity to continue to tackle food loss and waste on a global stage and scale. The amount of food loss and waste is truly shocking and we need to find ways to reduce it, thereby reducing the environmental impact and improving the efficiency of our food systems so that our use of resources is more sustainable.”
She will join WRI in September 2016, and will be based in the UK.