SDG 2 - No Hunger

SDG 2, also known as "Zero Hunger," has become more than just a global goal at ILMA University. In a remarkable display of compassion and dedication, the university, in collaboration with NGOs and volunteers, organized iftar drives during the holy month of Ramadan, serving as a beacon of hope to those in need while addressing the pervasive issue of hunger within the community. These initiatives not only provided essential meals to the less privileged but also underscored ILMA University's unwavering commitment to eliminating hunger, making a significant impact. Furthermore, the university's commitment to tackling food-related challenges extends to its own student body as well, with the launch of affordable meal rates. In a dual-pronged approach, ILMA students have also launched a food waste campaign, exemplifying their deep-seated dedication to the principles of SDG 2.

Previous Version: ILMA/PM/17-19/ADMN/X61
New version: ILMA/PM/19-22/ADMN/XX61
Policy Created: March 09, 2017
Policy Reviewed: March 12, 2019

The ILMA University recognizes its responsibility for the provision of healthy and sustainable food to our staff, students, and visitors in the campus. This policy sets out the University’s intentions to minimize the impact of its food related operations on the environment, and to promote sustainable practices and consumption.

Scope of the Policy
• This policy applies to the cafeteria(s) and other food outlets in departments and campus(s) of the University.
• All suppliers will be expected to assist the university in meeting the sustainable food management policy.
• The policy applies to all aspects of sustainable food, including procurement, preparation, provision, food waste and waste management and education.
Policy Statement

• Ensure availability of food choices for all on campus, including vegetarian and vegan food.
• Ensure the availability of affordable food options in the cafeteria(s) at subsidized rates.
• Reduce the consumption of dairy products.
• Promote the consumption of more plant-based foods.
• Reduce food wastage.
• Source food and other products locally whenever possible.
• Communicate the commitment to sustainable food to customers, staff and suppliers.
• Do not sell any single use plastic bottles and reduce the use of all plastic packaging.
• Continue to implement forward thinking sustainability best practice.
• Monitor performance against policy aims, including of setting sustainable food targets, and reporting regularly on performance against these.
• Examine this policy bi-annually (every other year) and amend targets.
• Work with suppliers to progress our sustainability agenda including incorporating this policy as part of the contract documentation for all preferred Food suppliers and contracted caterers.
• Engage with other operators on University sites including outside caterers and departments not provided for by the University cafeteria(s), to encourage adoption of this policy and its objectives.

Roles and responsibilities
• The University has a responsibility to procure food in a sustainable manner in accordance with its environmental sustainability vision, policy and strategy.
• The Head(s) of Administration has overall responsibility for the implementation of this policy in all departments and campus(s).
• Responsibilities include application of the principles and practical delivery of this policy within the departments and campus(s).


• Minimize the food wastage
• Ensure meals choice for all, including vegetarian and vegan.
• Ensure availability of affordable meal options at subsidized rates
• Ensure Cleanliness and hygiene of the cafeteria.
• Ensure food recycling

Key Performance Indicators
• Carbon emissions per kilo of food procured (kgs of carbon per kg of food procured).
• Carbon emissions from food per Rupee revenue.
• Carbon emissions from food per transaction.
• Kilograms of meat and dairy purchased as a proportion of total food purchased.
• Proportion of plant-based meals served.
• Kilograms of food waste generated.
• Number of single use takeaway disposables used.
• Life cycle impact per kilo food purchased (specifically carbon and where possible land use, water use and other environmental metrics).
Implementation of Sustainable Food Action Plan 2021-2022

Communication and engagement
• Spread the awareness of this policy through newsletters, websites and intranets, and other University publications. Encourage its adoption by all campus(s), departments and outside caterers as well.
• Conduct workshops, seminars and other events to promote healthy eating and sustainable food procurement, including vegan options.
• Include a requirement for adherence to this policy in all new projects (including new cafeteria(s) and supplier contracts).
• Engaging with suppliers to better understand their supply chains and to support our suppliers in their own sustainable procurement of food items.
• Share the policy and its results with external stakeholders through awards entries, articles and other promotional activities.

Cafeteria Management
• Cafeteria(s) staff must be adequately trained and supervised
• On-campus dining options must be available for everyone, including vegetarian and vegan options
• Promote and encourage healthy food choices.
• Ensure food recycling.

• Any new or replacement cooking/catering equipment should seek to provide efficiencies in energy consumption.
• Conduct energy audits to identify ways to reduce consumption within cafeteria(s).
• Educate and train cafeteria staff for energy saving.

• Minimize the consumption of fish.
• While procuring the fish or other food from aquatic environment investigate properly about the capture method of that particular product, with an aim to purchase more sustainable alternatives, wherever possible.
• Use variety of different species of white fish to reduce pressure on sensitive stocks.

Fairly Traded Products
• Ensure that every product used in campus(s) is fairly traded across the supply chains.

Fruit and vegetables
• Aim to develop menus which make use of seasonal fruit and vegetables, where practically possible.
• Source fruit and vegetables from local suppliers where possible.
• Where possible procure fruit and vegetables from low impact production systems.
• Consider the feasibility of growing fruit and vegetables on the University land.

Plastics and Packaging
• Eliminate the use of non-recyclable plastics and reduce the use of all single use disposable items. Using compostable options where this is impossible.
• Encourage our suppliers to go plastic-free.
• Increase awareness in the community to move away from single use non-recyclable plastic.
• ILMA University will continue to minimize the single use of plastic bottles for beverages and water.
Furthermore, plastic free options such as cans, glass or compostable bottles will be used.

• Make arrangements and educate relevant employees to reduce the water usage in the kitchen.
• Ensure availability of clean drinking water in all the buildings and campus(s) of ILMA University.

• In order reduce environmental effect, eco-friendly cleansers and detergents will be used.

• Work with the research department to carry out research linked to food sustainability, for improving monitoring, performance and impacts over time.

Food Waste Management
• Aim to achieve a significant reduction in waste in all cafeteria operations.
• Monitor food waste records in order to assess portion size and therefore implement portion control sizes to avoid unnecessary waste.
• Ensure waste issues are on the agenda at yearly meetings.
• For on-going measurement, relevant departments must maintain daily logs of separated food waste, covering three areas including kitchen and production waste, prep waste, plate waste from customers, service waste and spoilage waste.
• Review data at the end of the year to determine patterns.
• Implement waste minimization plans and develop improved procedures, rules, or menus.
• Examine menus to find and eliminate items that are commonly wasted.
• Ensure food recycling.
• Timely send the oil for recycling.
• Reduce use of cooking oil.
• Conduct food waste awareness drives, workshops and seminars with both staff, students and general public.

Action Plan for food insecurity and hunger
1. The University’s body of administration department is responsible for identifying and resolving all issues pertaining to food insecurity. Students who show any signs of hunger will be treated with the utmost priority by the body of administration department.
2. The University encourages the staff and students to volunteer to charitable causes and events that tackle directly or indirectly issues pertaining to food insecurity and hunger.
3. The University encourages the event organizers to not dispose of food items but to donate them to people in need, within and out of the University.
4. The University encourage academics to engage in community services. The community services comprise of decisions and actions that tackle issues of food insecurity and hunger directly or indirectly.
5. ILMA University shall conduct seminars and workshops to counter the food insecurity and hunger in the society.

Sustainable Food: Food that is produced, processed, distributed and disposed of in ways that:
• It contributes to the thriving sustainable livelihoods and local economies, in Pakistan and in producer countries (in the case of imported products).
• Protect the diversity of both plants and animals and the welfare of farmed and wild species,
• Avoid damaging or wasting natural resources or contributing to climate change;
• Provide social benefits, such as good quality food, safe and healthy products, and educational opportunities.

Fairly traded: This concerns companies/products which are not officially registered as Fairtrade by the certification standard but that do take into account their environmental and social impact.

Fairtrade: Fairtrade is about better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world. By requiring companies to pay sustainable prices (which must never fall lower than the market price), Fairtrade addresses the injustices of conventional trade, which traditionally discriminates against the poorest, weakest producers.

Low impact Food production: approach where farmers work with, not against nature, and where nature is integrated into farming. It uses ecosystem-based approaches often requiring more knowledge and labour per hectare than those based on chemical inputs—running contrary to monoculture and standard production.

Prep waste: Waste generated as a by-product of the preparation of meals

Spoilage waste: This is food waste that has been thrown by employees and is completely under the responsibility of Cafeteria Staff. Trim waste, Overproduction waste, spoiling, overdone products, contaminated, expiration, and dropped items are all included.

Service leftovers: This is food that has been cooked and is ready to serve, but has not yet been served to customers. It cannot be used again after being reheated as part of a batch-cooking process. The most effective way to reduce this is to correctly identify sale or uptake volumes.

Plate waste: Food that has been prepared and is ready to serve but has not yet been served to clients. It can't be used again after being reheated as part of a batch-cooking process. Correct identification of sale or uptake volumes is the greatest way to minimize this.

This sustainable procurement policy was created to ensure that all University staff involved in the procurement of goods and services recognize how their procurement decisions can help to improve and protect our shared environment. Moreover, they can also contribute to society's health and well-being, and build a sustainable economy.

Scope of Policy
ILMA University’s sustainable procurement policy applies to anybody who specifies and purchases items and services on behalf of the ILMA University and thus to all commercial expenditure, regardless of funding source.

Policy Statement
Policy related to faculty and students
• The ILMA University's procurement strategy must comply with the commitment to reduce carbon footprint and evaluate the environmental and social impact of our actions.
• All procurement decisions must apply the principles of the circular economy by incorporating ethical, sustainable, and life cycle concerns.
• Promote the waste hierarchy of reduce, reuse, and recycle.
• Encourage people to use ethical vendors and supply chains.
• Incorporate circular economy principles into product and service purchase, usage, and disposal to reduce negative environmental impacts.
• Ensure that existing assets and resources are used to their full potential.
• Identify opportunities for long-term solutions by collecting and reporting on appropriate KPIs.
• Raise awareness and make sure that environmental, social, and whole-life cost criteria are considered when determining greatest value for money and making purchase decisions.
• Promote the specification and selection of products and services that have a low environmental effect while also having a positive influence on society and the economy.
• Develop excellent practice through relevant networks, benchmarking, and training, and communicate the sustainable procurement policy to its staff, students, contractors, and suppliers.
• Promote best sustainable procurement practices by easing the information accessibility and availability to all.
• Conduct seminars and workshops for the awareness of the community related sustainable procurement practices.

Policy related to contractors and suppliers:
• Observe national and international environmental and human rights norms, and promote a strategic approach to long-term development and progress.

• Encourage local, regional, SME, and ethnic minority vendors to compete for University business, remove entry obstacles.
• Adopt sustainable techniques to product and service production, as well as within their own supplier chains, including efforts to reduce packaging waste
• Take constructive actions to improve performance for achieving sustainability objectives by considering the social, economic, and environmental implications of their products, services, and operations.
• Educate the supplier market on the ILMA University's sustainability policies, aims, and aspirations.

Circular Economy: It is a production and consumption model, which involves sharing, reusing, refurbishing, repairing, and recycling existing products and materials as much as possible. In this way, the life cycle of products is extended. In practice, it implies reducing waste to a minimum.

ILMA University established the ILMA Student Food Bank, pioneering a student-run initiative that was the first of its kind in the nation. This innovative endeavor was driven by a profound commitment to assist students facing the challenges of food insecurity. Food insecurity is a condition characterized by limited access to quality and diverse food, often resulting in disrupted eating patterns, and it can pose a significant barrier to academic success.

The ILMA Student Food Bank operates as a non-profit organization, relying on financial support to offer year-round assistance to ILMA students. Through a strategic partnership with the Greater Lansing Food Bank, the ILMA Student Food Bank can acquire food at reduced costs, significantly extending the impact of donations. With minimal overhead expenses, the Food Bank maximizes the value of each dollar.

Over the course of the year 2022, the ILMA Student Food Bank continues its vital mission, serving over 1,000 students, many of whom have families, and distributing over 20,000 pounds of food. This ongoing commitment to student welfare and the fight against food insecurity underscores ILMA University's dedication to ensuring every student has the support they need to achieve academic success.

ILMA University proudly announces a groundbreaking initiative aimed at aligning sustainability and well-being. The institution is taking a bold step by introducing a range of sustainable food choices at exceptionally affordable prices on its campus.

With a deep commitment to fulfilling the evolving needs and preferences of its diverse community, ILMA University acknowledges the growing demand for sustainable, ethical, and cost-effective dining options. This visionary initiative not only underscores the university's dedication to promoting a greener, healthier lifestyle but also ensures that sustainable choices are within reach of everyone.

Key Highlights of ILMA University's Sustainable Food Choices Initiative:

ILMA University is dedicated to offering a diverse menu selection, which includes a variety of vegetarian and vegan dishes, designed to cater to the diverse dietary requirements of students and staff.

Furthermore, the university is adopting eco-friendly practices in its food procurement and preparation processes, thus reducing its carbon footprint and minimizing food waste.

In a remarkable commitment to affordability, ILMA University has priced its new menu items competitively, making sustainable dining accessible to all members of the university community.

In addition to its environmental benefits, these sustainable food choices are also aligned with the goal of promoting overall well-being, thereby fostering a healthier lifestyle among students and staff.

University Spokesperson Comment:

A university spokesperson shared their excitement about the initiative, stating, "We are thrilled to introduce this innovative approach to dining at ILMA University. We believe in the power of sustainable food choices to improve the health of our community and our planet. By offering these options at affordable prices, we are taking a significant step towards creating a more inclusive and environmentally conscious campus environment."

The Sustainable Food Choices initiative at ILMA University signifies the institution's unwavering commitment to holistic education and the promotion of responsible citizenship. As the university continues to champion sustainability and innovation, it proudly establishes a new benchmark for accessible and eco-friendly dining options on campuses.

ILMA University is proud to announce the establishment of its Campus Food Pantry, a groundbreaking initiative aimed at combating food insecurity and contributing to the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 2 - Zero Hunger.

In recognition of the pressing global issue of food insecurity, ILMA University has taken a significant step forward in support of its commitment to sustainability and social responsibility. The Campus Food Pantry, which officially opened its door is a vital resource designed to ensure that no student goes hungry while pursuing their education.

The Campus Food Pantry is a testament to ILMA University's dedication to addressing the challenges associated with hunger. It provides a welcoming and stigma-free environment for students who may be facing food insecurity. Here, students have access to essential food items, including non-perishable goods and fresh produce, ensuring that their nutritional needs are met.

ILMA University, a leader in education and community involvement, is excited to announce its upcoming seminar aimed at equipping local food producers with the latest technological advancements and knowledge. This event underscores the university’s commitment to enhancing the local agriculture and food production sectors. Scheduled under the title “Transforming Agriculture: Technology for Local Food Producers,” the seminar is set to take place on 2nd July 2023 at ILMA University’s campus, located at Korangi Creek Karachi. The primary goal of this seminar is to bridge the gap between traditional farming practices and modern technological solutions, empowering local food producers with essential skills and insights into how technology can elevate production, efficiency, and sustainability. Key features of the seminar include presentations and workshops delivered by industry experts in agriculture technology, sustainable farming, and aquaculture. Attendees will have the opportunity to explore the latest innovations and tools in the agricultural and food production industry through a technology showcase. Practical demonstrations and interactive sessions will enable participants to gain hands-on experience with technology applications relevant to their operations, fostering an environment of experiential learning.