CFA Members Unilever, Nestle and Danone are Leading Efforts to Transform the Global Food System

The World Benchmarking Alliance’s first-ever Food and Agriculture Benchmark published in September 2021 measured and ranked 350 of the world’s most influential food and agriculture companies on their contributions to transforming our global food system. Together, they account for more than half of the world’s food and agriculture revenue and directly employ over 23 million people.

The benchmark – which was based on publicly available information in English – builds upon existing frameworks and targets to holistically assess these companies from farm to fork on their environmental, nutritional and social impact.

Fifteen Cool Farm Alliance members are among the top 10% of the 350 benchmarked companies, as are two-thirds of the top eleven companies that achieved more than 50% of the possible score. The report also includes other 16 members. The ranking underlines the value of our platform that unites key stakeholders of the agri-food sector and research organisations to develop a common approach that will encourage, reward and motivate improvements in agricultural supply chains, and promotes peer-to-peer learning and exchange among its members.

Click on CFA members in the top 10% to see their results:

  1. Unilever
  2. Nestle
  3. Danone
  4. AB InBev
  5. PepsiCo
  6. Tesco
  7. Kellogg’s
  8. UPL
  9. Heineken
  10. Olam
  11. Ahold Delhaize
  12. Bayer
  13. Syngenta
  14. BASF
  15. Mondelez

However, despite increasing efforts, the Food and Agriculture Benchmark finds that the sector is not on track for transitioning to a sustainable food system. Food companies need to step up for the SDG decade of action by providing sustainable livelihoods for farmers, decent employment for workers and nutritious choices for consumers without depleting natural resources. Studies like this can raise awareness, help companies understand their performance and reframe ambitions. It also shows how important quantification tools such as the Cool Farm Tool are. They support farmers and companies in this transition to make more informed on-farm decisions that reduce environmental impact in agriculture.

Read the full report here.