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The Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP) has joined the Friends of Champions 12.3 global movement as part of the AIP’s commitment to the SAVE FOOD Initiative by FAO, the National Food Waste Strategy, and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 12.3.

Champions 12.3 comprises a group of CEOs leading progress to achieve the UN’s SDG Target 12.3. Alongside this effort, there are many organisations that are part of the movement to halve food loss and waste. The Friends of Champions 12.3 network features companies and organisations that are contributing to the worldwide momentum on this issue, among them now the Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP).

According to Liz Goodwin, senior fellow and director, Food Loss and Waste at World Resources Institute ‘“I am very pleased to welcome the Australian Institute of Packaging to the Friends of Champions 12.3 network. Their involvement, along with dozens of other companies and organisations around the globe, is contributing to a worldwide movement to halve food loss and waste by 2030. Everyone has a role to play, and now is the moment to step up our collective action.”

According to Nerida Kelton, AIP executive director, joining the Friends of Champions 12.3 program allows the AIP to be a part of a community that can collectively provide education and training on the role that packaging plays in minimising food waste and loss globally.

“From the AIP’s perspective it is critical that all future food packaging incorporates Save Food Packaging design elements and criteria that minimise food waste where possible. It is important that all packaging designers and technologists are incorporating global Save Food Packaging criteria and standards at development stage of the packaging design lifecycle.”

“The AIP looks forward to contributing to the Friends of Champions program and helping to create a global community for positive change in fighting food waste,” she said.

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