Encoring the motion for
necessary steps toward a better Thailand
ZERO SUMMIT 2022 is a sustainable summit focusing on two pillars: Food Waste and Food Insecurity. Thank you so much for joining us and taking all the necessary steps to REGENERATING and RECOVERING. Join us to learn how Thailand can take a progressive step towards a sustainable society by 2030!
Ms. Gita Sabharwal
The UN Resident Coordinator
It's our great honor to invite Ms. Gita Sabharwal, the UN Resident Coordinator, United Nations Thailand gave an opening remark at this year's Zero Summit. Ms. Gita spoke about the power of the new generation in creating change for sustainability. Especially the issue of food waste and food insecurity which need serious action as the world population just hit 8 billion. She would love to see the SOS model replicated in other regions.
Mr. Bo H Holmgreen
Founder and CEO of SOS
Mr. Bo Holmgreen, Founder and CEO of Scholars of Sustenance Foundation, officially welcomed all the distinguished guests. Mr. Bo told a story about the beginning of the foundation. He himself saw a lot of food that was unfortunately thrown away. But on the other hand, there are still people who are hungry and want access to good quality food. That’s why we want to close the gap between surplus food and people in need.
Mr. James Leyson
Managing Director SOS TH and PH
Mr. James Leyson, Managing Director of Scholars of Sustenance Thailand and Philipines talked about SOS's journey including the next vision of the foundation to address the problem of food waste and food equality. Firstly, we targeted to achieve 25 million meals by 2025 but with the cooperation of everyone, we already made it this year! So we set a new goal of 40 million meals that we intend to achieve by 2025.
PANEL 1: Decoding the Food Bank Initiative, a lesson to learn for Thailand
In this section, we learned about the experience of establishing the National Food Bank from the National Food Bank of South Korea as well as other participants who are representatives from the Thai government who have discussed the possibility of establishing a food bank. Including various policies and requirements that the government should support both buildings a network of donors and communities, issuing tax deductions, creating a storage base, and comprehensive transportation planning. At this time, SOS has worked with Bangkok Metropolitan Administration in the BKK Food Bank project to deliver food to communities in 10 districts of Bangkok.
PANEL 2: Systematizing Food Surplus Donation - A Solution for Sustainable Development
It's undeniable that the business sector has to produce more food than market demand to ensure product availability but when those foods cannot be sold out what can be done is to throw away those things. But after the business learned about the work of SOS, they were convinced to deliver the surplus food to us to deliver to communities in need. The panelists of this session shared their experiences working with SOS and their confidence in us in terms of food safety and our surplus food management system.
PANEL 3: Regenerative Food and Innovative Youth Forum
In this topic, we have opened the opportunity for new generations who desire to see a change to share their business experiences that support the restoration of the food system. The idea that each person has left is about creating an impact that comes from the belief and collective actions, including how to make customers participate in creating sustainability together with us.