"I CHANGE by working with businesses, governments and others to reduce global food loss and waste."
—Liz Goodwin, Senior Fellow and Director of Food Loss and Waste, World Resources Institute; Chair of LWARB
I have always been interested in the environment and felt that I wanted to help make the world a better place. When my first nephew was born and my brother asked me to be his godmother, I felt a huge responsibility and decided to ‘up my efforts’. In 2001, I left the private sector where I had been working for the previous 15 years and joined WRAP, a small organisation which was less than a year old. I was employee number 30.
After about 6 years, I was appointed as CEO of WRAP. We had just started working on food waste by then and I oversaw this work—including the research reports into UK food waste, the growth of the Courtauld Commitment and the development of the Love Food Hate Waste campaign. I was CEO for 9 years— a fantastic period of my life. I remember how nervous we all were when we published the first food waste figures and launched Love Food Hate Waste. We really didn’t know what reaction we would get and we were blown away by the media coverage.
In 2015 I joined the Champions 12.3 coalition, a group of around 40 leaders from around the world who are all committed to helping the world achieve Sustainable Development Goal 12.3, to halve global food loss and waste.
In 2016, I left WRAP and joined the World Resource Institute (WRI) so I could focus on making sure the Champions 12.3 initiative was as successful as it could be. WRI is based in Washington D.C. but this is a global initiative so I continue to live and work from the UK. In 2017, I was appointed Chair of the London Waste and Recycling Board (LWARB) by the Mayor of London which adds another string to the bow as it means I can see the issues from a city perspective and seek improvements on a whole range of resource issues at a local level—helping London in its drive to become a zero carbon city.