The Frenchman Arash Derambarsch is the winner of 2019 Gothenburg Sustainability Award.
Motivation of the jury:
Arash Derambarsch’s ideas, initiative and effort to reduce food waste have resulted in a change in the law in France prohibiting French food stores and restaurants from discarding or destroying food that cannot be sold. The law requires them to cooperate with charities or “food banks” instead, so that the food benefits those in need.
The UN’s Global Goals include halving global food waste throughout the food chain by 2030. To achieve this goal, a change of attitude is needed, not only at the consumer level, but also in terms of systematic changes such as the French law on food waste.
Arash Derambarsch’s work has inspired people around the world and helped raise the issue of food waste on the global agenda. He has shown by example that it is possible to make a difference and to take concrete steps in the direction of sustainability in terms of food waste.
WIN WIN Gothenburg Sustainability Award is appointed in collaboration with the City of Gothenburg, Region Västra Götaland and several partner companies (e.g. AP2). The aim is to encourage continued improvement and acknowledge strategic work in sustainable development, both nationally and internationally. The prize has awarded since 2000 and the reward is 1 million SEK.