Food and Agriculture Benchmark
The Food and Agriculture Benchmark by the World Benchmarking Alliance (WBA) measures and ranks 350 keystone companies - from farm to fork - on key issues underpinning the food systems transformation agenda. Food systems transformation requires large-scale and fundamental action led by those who drive environmental, health and social pressures in the system. The benchmark’s aim is to stimulate the most influential food and agriculture companies to apply sustainable business practices throughout their operations as well as use their influence to encourage value chain partners to do the same. The benchmark aligns with relevant agendas of global platforms and initiatives so that the data, key findings and recommendations are integrated into broader stakeholder actions and community outreach. Serving as an independent accountability mechanism the benchmark, for the first time in 2021, identifies clear frontrunners of the food systems transformation agenda and holds laggers to account. Following a biannual cycle, with the next benchmark results will be published in 2023. Building upon the engagement and relationships built throughout the research period, WBA is collaborating with organisations to present and raise awareness of the findings (often at global forums) and co-planning activities that lead to outcomes to drive impact.
The benchmark assesses companies on 45 indicators across the four interlinked measurement areas of governance and strategy, environment, nutrition and social inclusion. The Environment measurement area evaluates companies on their efforts regarding key issues of sustainable food production, including greenhouse gas emissions, soil health, food loss and waste, plastic and water use. The Nutrition measurement area is clearly linked to sustainable consumption by assessing corporate performance towards achieving healthy and nutritious diets for all, including indicators on the availability, accessibility and affordability of nutritious food, responsible marketing and food safety.