A report from the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) aims to contribute to a deeper understanding of food labels: when and how they are most effective in supporting consumer behavior change towards healthy and sustainable diets, and the challenges associated with implementing them. Quantis led the research in the report Food Labeling: Principles to support the uptake of healthy and sustainable diets, applying our science-based expertise in labeling and quantifying the environmental impacts of agri-food products.
With over 500 labels linked to the environment and nutrition on the market today, there are pressing questions about how to navigate this landscape to ensure a meaningful labeling system to support healthy people and planet. The report identifies ten principles, building on the UN guidelines for providing product sustainability information, that will inform ongoing discussions related to health and environmental impact labeling held by governments, UN agencies, civil society, the private sector and other stakeholders of the UN Food Systems Summit. The goal of this work is to help relevant stakeholders collaboratively advance the harmonization of agri-food product environmental scoring.