Food Industry Benchmarking Toolkit

How your organisation can develop a national food systems benchmark, aligned with global standards and metrics

Our goal is to set up an international benchmarking coalition using a common methodology to assess the food and agriculture sector on key topics underpinning food systems transformation. This toolkit is intended for organisations such as NGOs, civil society organisations and research institutions who want to assess the food and agriculture sector in their own countries, aligned with global standards and metrics. It includes a description of the methodology developed by World Benchmarking Alliance and The Food Foundation and case studies on how to use a benchmark to create change. 

1. Why a Toolkit

Companies across the food value chain have a role to play in driving change in the food system. If we want to assess food and agriculture businesses across the globe, we need a consistent way of measuring their behaviour. This section describes the benefits of using a common methodology and introduces the organisations involved.

2. Understanding the methodology

WBA and The Food Foundation collaborated to develop a common methodology to assess companies on key topics underpinning the food systems transformation. This section includes an overview of the methodology, the scope, indicators and processes behind the benchmark.

3. How to use the toolkit

Find out how you can use the methodology and apply it to your own country. This section also includes a more detailed example on how The Food Foundation implemented a national benchmark in the UK.

4. Making an impact

There are key stakeholder groups with whom you can engage to create change in the food industry based on the results of a benchmark. This section describes how these stakeholders can use a benchmark and includes some case studies of where this is having an impact. 

Get in touch

If you are interested in implementing your own national benchmark and being part of this international benchmarking coalition, please get in touch. WBA and Food Foundation are keen to support you and share our experiences. 

About our coalition partner WBA

The World Benchmarking Alliance (WBA) aims to build a movement to measure and incentivise business impact towards a sustainable future that works for everyone.  They are developing global benchmarks comparing companies’ performance on the Sustainable Development Goals, having identified seven transformations that need to take place to put society and the worldwide economy on a more sustainable path to achieve the SDGs. To turn these transformations into action, WBA develops in close collaboration with the Alliance a series of benchmarks assessing 2,000 of the world’s most influential companies, ranking and measuring them on their contributions to the SDGs.  Transformation in the food and agriculture sector is one of the seven transformations.

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