Business Forum: Lessons on food sustainability from Denmark

The Food Ethics Council Business Forum is a group of progressive business leaders in food and farming, who meet to discuss the big issues of the day, under the Chatham House Rule. This is one of a series of events open to Business Forum members. For anyone who is not currently a member but is interested in attending, please contact


Chair: Joanna Lewis, Policy & Strategy Director of Soil Association and Chair of the Food Ethics Council.

Keynote speakers: Lise Walbom, CEO of Food Nation Denmark and Martin Koehring, Managing Editor & Global Healthcare Lead, Thought Leadership, the EIU. 

Denmark’s position as one of the world leaders on food sustainability was reinforced when it came second in the ‘sustainable agriculture’ and third in the ‘tackling nutritional challenges’ parts of the recent Food Sustainability Index (‘FSI’). Overall Denmark came equal sixth in the FSI, well ahead of the UK, which came only 24th. Denmark and the UK have similarities and differences. Nevertheless, there is surely a lot the UK and Denmark can learn from each other with regard to healthy, sustainable food systems

As the UK seeks to leave the EU, what opportunities are there for close ties between UK and Denmark? The meeting will provide an opportunity to:

  • Consider the extent to which Denmark is a world leader on healthy, sustainable food and farming
  • Understand what it is about Denmark’s culture, food environment and policy landscape that enables positive nutrition and sustainable agriculture outcomes and what is their relevance to a UK setting Consider what UK food and farming businesses can
  • Learn from how contentious food and farming issues are being tackled in Denmark – and vice versa

Read our assessment of the UK’s performance in the 2018 FSI ‘Snapshot: UK sustainable food systems in the spotlight’ here.

For more information about our work on food indexes explore here.


25th June 2019
4:45 - 8:30 pm


The Zetter Townhouse Clerkenwell
Saint John's Square

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