This policy brief outlines how to create a favourable context for the implementation of Voluntary Agreements (VAs) within any Member State to drive food waste reduction. The collaborative nature of VAs is furthermore highlighted, as the food waste savings target of a VA is more likely to be met via active involvement and collaboration of all supply chain actors.
Through REFRESH research, Voluntary Agreements were identified as a key policy focus because of their high potential to drive food waste reduction through the collaboration of all supply chain actors. This food waste reduction potential, which was explored within a comparative analysis of Voluntary Agreements and Unfair Trading Practices in three European countries, showed that VAs are adaptable to any national context by involving the right actors to set attainable and ambitious targets.
Stephanie Burgos, Flavien Colin, Venice Graf, Patrick Mahon 2019. "Voluntary Agreements as a collaborative solution for food waste reduction" EU Horizon 2020 REFRESH.