Measure the sustainability of your food system

A new online tool helping stakeholders apply sustainable food innovations to their food system

  • Oct 5, 2023

Sustainability has become an increasingly important issue for the food system as it not only concerns the environment, but also has social and economic aspects. Many food system stakeholders are looking for ways to apply sustainable food innovations to their food system. This is where the FoodSHIFT 2030 Sustainability Scoring System (FSSS) comes in.  

FSSS is a new online tool which aims to help different stakeholders apply sustainable food innovations to their food system. It is prepared to be a simple, user friendly, online tool which aims to enable food system stakeholders around the world to assess the impacts of different food system innovations. This article discusses what FSSS aims at, how it will work and who can use it. To read about who developed it and how it was established, head over to the full article on FoodSHIFT 2030’s website.

FSSS, is developed for communication and demonstration reasons, and will be available soon through the FoodSHIFT website and the FoodSHIFT transition toolkit.

In particular, the FoodSHIFT 2030 Sustainability Scoring System: 

  • will demonstrate to the different stakeholders the multiple benefits they can have, when applying sustainable food-related innovations in their food system. 
  • provides ideas to its users on innovations they can apply, and combine, in their food system by comparing sustainable benefits and having access to real cases.
  • can help different stakeholders to develop their sustainability strategies and approaches, in line with their priorities and their different needs. 

How does it work? 

Τhe user can select from a list of innovations, related to their interest, and see how these innovations can influence the sustainability dimensions (environmental, social, governance, and economic) of a food system. The innovations have already been rated by a dedicated team based on SDGs indicators before being uploaded to the platform for use. 

Who performs the scoring? 

Prior to their uploading on the platform for use, the innovations have been already rated, regarding their contribution to the sustainability of a food system, based on SDGs indicators, by a dedicated team of experts who have been carefully selected by the FoodSHIFT 2030 team. 

Who can use it? 

It’s intended to be used by a wide range of stakeholders, including citizens, schools, local authorities, food processors, service industry, and agricultural producers. 

FSSS targets the following stakeholders: 

  • Educational and research institutions, for which it can provide examples of sustainable food innovations that can be implemented in their establishments. This can be used for both practical purposes, such as reducing food waste in school kitchens, and educational reasons, such as developing school gardens. 
  • Local authorities, for which is can identify sustainable food strategies and increasing food-related sustainable actions in their cities. This can help them plan and implement more carefully their sustainable food policies. 
  • Food processors, such as food processing industries, can use it to generate profits while benefiting the environment. By applying sustainable food innovations in their businesses, they can communicate these benefits to customers and personnel. 
  • The service industry, which includes restaurants, hotels, canteens, and the hospitality sector, can use it to implement sustainable food practices. This can benefit not only their businesses but also the planet. 
  • Agricultural producers, whose sustainability of the food system it can positively impact. By adopting innovative technologies and new business practices, they can interact with other value chain players and increase the overall sustainability of the food system. 
  • Citizens, the key target group as they are both consumers and influencers of the food system. Educating citizens is an important factor for success in creating sustainable food value chains, and FSSS can demonstrate how their actions can positively influence the system. 

In conclusion, the FoodSHIFT 2030 Sustainability Scoring System presents itself as a valuable tool for promoting sustainable practices in the food sector and its comprehensive approach ensures that all stakeholders are included in the process of improving food sustainability. 

Learn more about FoodSHIFT 2030 here

Oct 5, 2023