The Electrolux Food Foundation was established in 2016 as part of a decision to focus its community support activities on food and related sustainability issues. The Food Foundation brings employee initiatives to life by supporting them with funding and resources.
The purpose is to inspire sustainable food consumption and cooking habits among consumers and professionals, and to support people in need through education and emergency relief efforts. The Foundation supports the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals for Zero Hunger (#2) and Responsible Consumption and Production (#12). Food is also a major factor in climate change, meaning this focus area ties well into the Electrolux goal to halve its carbon emissions by 2020.
Electrolux has also joined forces with the global association of chefs, Worldchefs, and with AIESEC, the world’s largest youth-led network, in Feed the Planet – a key partnership that includes commitments to driving a number of food-related projects over the coming years.
“We’ve had a global approach to the impact of our operations and products for many years. Now, we’re widening the scope of sustainability to address our role in society in a more focused way. By working together with Worldchefs and its 10 million associated chefs, we leverage our expertise, professional network and global organization to make the most out of our contributions to local communities.”
Given the status and role of chefs today, Worldchefs is uniquely positioned to set the agenda and convey important messages about the need for healthy food and sustainable cooking and support during emergencies via Worldchefs Without Borders. AIESEC, which is promoting and driving youth participation in the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, provides volunteers to help manage projects on the ground.
By implementing a Group-wide approach to community support, Electrolux is seeking to fulfil its promise “Be a Force for Good”, part of its sustainability framework, For the Better.