Tyson Foods announces creation of the Coalition for Global Protein

January 22, 2020

Tyson Foods Inc. has announced the creation of the Coalition for Global Protein, a multi-stakeholder initiative for the advancement of sustainable protein. 

Tyson Foods Inc. (Springdale, AR) has announced the creation of the Coalition for Global Protein, a multi-stakeholder initiative for the advancement of sustainable protein. The initiative was announced in Davos, Switzerland, where Tyson is convening leaders from the global protein industry that included all forms of protein, as well as academia, non-governmental organizations and financial institutions, coinciding with the 50th World Economic Forum Annual Meeting.

The goal of the initiative, says Tyson, is to unite stakeholders across the food and agriculture sector in order to identify and implement new and creative solutions to sustainably feed the world’s population. “Efforts to make the production of high-protein foods more sustainable must continue,” said Lawrence Haddad, PhD, executive director of Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition, in a press release. Haddad will moderate the conversation with stakeholders. “These foods, many from animal sources, are vital for the healthy growth of young children, especially those who already have poor quality diets,” he continued. “So, it is vital that their production can be undertaken in a way that respects planetary environmental boundaries. This Coalition promises to be a valuable addition to our collective efforts to square this circle.”

“We’re focused on uniting the world’s most influential, food-focused stakeholders around a shared purpose to build a future of protein that is sustainable and equitable across global communities – at every link in the supply chain,” said John R. Tyson, chief sustainability officer of Tyson Foods, in a press release. “Igniting transformative change in our food system requires industry-wide collaboration and a willingness to go beyond our individual businesses through strong commitments and actions.”

Potential focus areas the coalition could address are reducing food loss and waste, increasing access to protein, and safeguarding ecosystems, says Tyson.