About the EVU
The European Vegetarian Union (EVU) is the umbrella organisation of vegan and vegetarian associations and societies throughout Europe. Its main areas of focus are health, nutrition, consumer protection, sustainability and environmental issues.
EVU is the voice of the growing number of Europeans choosing plant-based products over animal-based nutrition. The EVU puts vegetarian issues on the European political agenda. EVU is also connected to the V-Label, a standardised voluntary European certification scheme with the aim of easy identification of vegetarian and vegan products and services.
The EVU is active in European policy networks and campaigns advocating to increase the production and consumption of plant-based foods and other alternatives to animal products. This is done through improving the level playing field for plant-based and alternative foods, increasing policy incentives and EU research budgets for these sectors, improving consumer information related to plant-based and alternative proteins, supporting sustainability initiatives, as well as removing barriers that impede the availability and affordability of plant-based and alternative products to animal foods.
We work closely with the European Alliance for Plant-based Food (EAPF), and with ProVeg International (a founding member of the EAPF and one of EVU’s members), which has offices in nine countries on four continents, including in Germany, the Netherlands, Czechia and Poland, as well as a programme in Spain, and an entity in the UK.
About the role
The Head of Advocacy, EVU is a new position responsible for building on and expanding the policy and public affairs environment to ensure that the strategic and operational plans support the EVU’s objectives.
The Head of Advocacy will develop and promote policies and outreach plans that enable the growth of the plant-based and cultured food industry and reduce animal consumption, and influence relevant agriculture, consumer, environmental and health agendas primarily at EU level. The position works with plant-based alliances, such as the EAPF, and other relevant partners, to:
- Lead public-facing policy campaigns to promote food system change and enhance the position of plant-based foods and other alternatives to animal products
- Develop policy briefs and recommendations, provide evidence to guide policymakers’ decisions and arrange meetings with relevant stakeholders
- Advocate for the strongest (regulatory) environment possible for plant-based and cultured food research and development
- Ensure sustainable food production and consumption feature prominently in public health and environmental policy
- Collaborate with and support EVU member advocacy efforts at a national level
- Influence/contribute to better food policy on a global scale, e.g. UN fora.