The issue

350 million tonnes of food are lost every year due to inadequate storage and delays during transportation, and 500 million tonnes due to planning and handling issues in the production stage. This is unsustainable in a world with a simultaneous need for food and decarbonisation.

The opportunity

A.P. Moller-Maersk already transports about 27% of the world’s refrigerated containers and 25% of the world’s food commodities, and our business strategy gives priority to the development and growth of our cold chain business. From a sustainability point of view, our large market share and place in the value chain carries opportunities for leveraging food loss reductions.

What we are doing

We continue to shape our activities and grow our insights and understanding of the issue. The ultimate goal is to extend our products and services as well as to build capabilities along the supply chain in countries with high prevalence of food loss in the production and transportation stages and enhance their ability to benefit from food loss-reducing solutions. We are pursuing global multistakeholder partnership opportunities to bring about change in this area. 

We have established a partnership with the World Resources Institute (WRI) and work to develop metrics for measuring food loss including pilot projects on three commodities in three different countries. 

Learn more about 2019 progress.

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