Fraser Thompson

Director,  AlphaBeta

Fraser has spent his career identifying opportunities for sustainable and socially responsible business. After launching his career at Boston Consulting Group he worked for the World Bank and lectured at Oxford University on development economics, international trade and finance. He went on to consult with McKinsey and became a Senior Fellow at the McKinsey Global Institute, where he led worked across South East Asia on issues including productivity, growth and economic development. He became director of the sustainability consultancy AlphaBeta in 2015 and is the lead author of its recent report, ‘Valuing the SDG Prize in Food & Agriculture’. He has a Doctorate in economics from Oxford University, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar.

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A US$2.3 trillion prize.  Why the UN’s sustainability goals are good news for Asian food businesses

Many of the seventeen Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) launched by the United Nations in 2015 challenge the food and agriculture industries to take action to end hunger.  But what’s in it for business?  AlphaBeta has been finding out.  Its research, carried out for the Business & Sustainable Development Commission, reveals that rising to the SDG challenge could unlock business opportunities worth US$2.3 trillion a year by 2030.  It also suggests that Asia, with its large share of arable land, rapid consumption growth and big potential efficiency gains has most to gain.  Fraser’s presentation will investigate the size of Asia’s sustainability prize – and how it can be grasped.

  • Food in the frame. Why the global food industry has more to do than most to address the SDG goals
  • The size of the prize. How a sustainable approach to food production, processing and retailing could generate revenues, create jobs and alleviate poverty
  • The big one. Why food waste across the value chain is Asia’s biggest challenge and how it could be reduced by 60%
  • Safe, nutritious, sufficient. Asia’s nutritional deficit and how food industry innovation could reverse it


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