VIENNA, Austria, Feb. 23, 2021 (Press Release) -As the World Food Programme works to end hunger and help communities achieve food security, fit-for-purpose packaging can play an important role—considering the challenge of delivering nutritious food over a long and complex humanitarian supply chain—while reducing food waste and the impact of packaging on the environment.
- The three-year, US$1 million partnership aims to improve quality standards for WFP’s packaging while minimising environmental impacts by drawing on Mondi’s leading packaging expertise and a financial contribution
- Mondi’s extensive packaging capabilities and R&D infrastructure will enable the partnership to explore sustainable packaging solutions without compromising on essential functionality, critical in WFP operations
- The partnership supports efforts towards Sustainable Development Goals 2 (zero hunger), 12 (responsible consumption and production) and 17 (partnerships)
Mondi Group, a leading global packaging and paper company, today announces a three-year strategic partnership to support the United Nations World Food Programme’s (WFP’s) efforts to save lives, change lives around the globe.
The collaboration will see Mondi make a US$1 million in-kind and financial contribution to help WFP improve how it delivers nutritious food over a complex humanitarian supply chain, with an aim to reduce food waste and mitigate the impact of packaging on the environment. The partnership will draw on the infrastructure, knowledge and expertise from Mondi's corrugated solutions, paper bags and consumer flexibles businesses.
Over the next three years, the goal is to develop robust and effective guidance for WFP’s global network of food manufacturers and local suppliers as well as for the wider humanitarian community. Ultimately, the partnership aims to design and develop more sustainable packaging to better protect food and maintain its quality as it is subject to a wide variety of storage, transport and handling challenges in different climates.
One-third of the world’s food is currently wasted each year. That’s enough food to feed 2 billion people, the equivalent populations of Africa and Europe combined. We are delighted to partner with the World Food Programme in this unique collaboration to help improve food distribution and thereby have an impact on world hunger, one of the most pressing problems facing the world today. Mondi has a long and successful history of working with partners to solve sustainability challenges with packaging that is sustainable by design. We are keen to use our wide packaging expertise to help make quality food accessible to those in need. Andrew King, Group CEO, Mondi.
Tim Hunter, Director of Private Partnerships and Fundraising, at WFP added: “Each year, the World Food Programme reaches 100 million people with life-saving and life-changing food assistance. Working across the globe in often difficult environments, we rely on dedicated partners like Mondi to help create innovative solutions to the complex challenges we face every day. Collaborations like this are critical to reaching the Sustainable Development Goals, and we are excited to see this partnership take shape and benefit the people we serve.”
Mondi is a global leader in packaging and paper, contributing to a better world by making innovative, packaging and paper solutions that are sustainable by design. Our business is fully integrated across the value chain – from managing forests and producing pulp, paper and plastic films, to developing and manufacturing effective industrial and consumer packaging solutions. Sustainability is at the centre of our strategy and intrinsic in the way we do business. We lead the industry with our customer- centric approach, EcoSolutions, where we ask the right questions to find the most sustainable solution.
In 2019, Mondi had revenues of €7.27 billion and underlying EBITDA of €1.66 billion. Mondi has a premium listing on the London Stock Exchange (MNDI), and a secondary listing on the JSE Limited (MNP). Mondi is a FTSE 100 constituent, and has been included in the FTSE4Good Index Series since 2008 and the FTSE/JSE Responsible Investment Index Series since 2007.
About the World Food Programme
The United Nations World Food Programme is the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate. We are the world’s largest humanitarian organization, saving lives in emergencies and using food assistance to build a pathway to peace, stability and prosperity for people recovering from conflict, disasters and the impact of climate change.