Using The FLW Standard

For a summary of the most important features of the FLW Standard (key definitions and requirements), download the stand-alone Executive Summary. Reading this 12-page document first will help you get started. The FLW Standard is a comprehensive document, which provides detail and guidance on implementing the requirements. It may be read in its entirety or used as a reference document.


The purpose of the FLW Standard is to facilitate the quantification of food loss and waste (what to measure and how to measure it) and encourage consistency and transparency of the reported data.

Using the standard enables countries, cities, companies, and other entities to develop inventories of how much FLW is generated and where it goes. These inventories can underpin, inform, and focus strategies for minimizing FLW. Minimizing FLW can provide economic benefits, enhance food security, improve natural resource use efficiency, and reduce environmental impacts.. This standard enables the consistent measurement of baselines and tracking of progress towards Target 12.3 of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals as well as other targets.

Annually, about $940 billion worth of food is lost or wasted worldwide.Annually, about $940 billion worth of food is lost or wasted worldwide.

The global standard is designed to be practical so that entities of all kinds can develop an FLW inventory based on their particular quantification goals. Using the clear terminology and requirements provided by the standard ensures international consistency, enables comprehensiveness, facilitates comparability, and supports transparent disclosure of FLW inventories both within and among entities. Quantifying FLW is an important foundation for reduction efforts that can deliver a diverse array of benefits—from reducing costs associated with over-purchase and disposal, to avoiding greenhouse gas emissions, or supporting efforts to eliminate hunger. Entities that prepare inventories in conformance with the FLW Standard will be better informed about how much FLW is generated and where it ends up and therefore better equipped to take action.

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