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Each organisation wishing to become a member of the SBN will be required to submit a statement that the organisation supports and complies with the SUN and SBN Principles of Engagement (below).

For more information on the benefits of membership and to submit your membership request, please refer to and fill out our SBN global membership form  (To fill in the form, right-click ‘Save link as’. Once the form has been saved to your desktop and opened, click on ‘Fill & Sign’ on the upper right hand corner to fill in the form).

For further information, or to submit your membership request, please email Laurene Aubert at laubert@gainhealth.org 

SUN Movement Principles of Engagement

  1. Be transparent about intentions and impact: All stakeholders will engage in transparent behaviour, and commit to establishing rigorous evaluations of the impacts of collective action and the contributions of individual stakeholders.
  2. Be inclusive: The SUN Movement is open to all stakeholders that demonstrate their commitment to its goals and principles. Violators of the International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes undermine efforts to improve nutrition and as such continue to be excluded from the Movement.
  3. Be rights-based: Act in accordance with a commitment to uphold the equity and rights of all women, men and children.
  4. Be willing to negotiate: Stakeholders will seek to resolve divergences in approaches or interests whenever they arise.
  5. Be predictable and mutually accountable: Support collective responsibility of stakeholders towards shared outcomes, but uphold and strengthen accountability of individual actors vis-à-vis their commitments and action.
  6. Be cost-effective: Pursue and support evidence-based priorities that will achieve the greatest sustainable impact for the cost.
  7. Be continuously communicative: Learn and adapt through regular sharing of relevant lessons on what works and what does not, across countries, sectors and stakeholders.
  8. Act with integrity and in an ethical manner: Manage personal and institutional conflicts of interest with integrity.
  9. Be mutually respectful: Collaborate in a way that builds trust and respects the contributions and perspectives of other stakeholders.
  10. Do no harm: Act in a way that contributes to improving the nutrition and the well-being of all people, with careful consideration about negative consequences to people and planet, and clear mitigation strategies.

Principles of Engagement of the SUN Business Network

  1. Businesses should support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights; and make sure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses.
  2. Businesses should comply with UN guidance on health and nutrition, with a specific mention of the International Code on Marketing of Breast Milk Substitutes and World Health Assembly resolutions related to Maternal, Infant and Young Child Nutrition
  3. Businesses should uphold the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining;
  4. Businesses should uphold the elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labour; the effective abolition of child labour; and the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation.
  5. Businesses should support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges; undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility; and encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies.
  6. Businesses should work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery.
  7. Businesses should consider ways to support SMEs part of national SBNs through technical assistance initiatives.
  8. Businesses should support targeted actions and/or policies to address overweight, obesity and diet-related Non-Communicable Diseases.
  9. Businesses should support workforce nutrition commitments (including breastfeeding support).
  10. Global members of SBN and their subsidiaries cannot engage in the production of armaments, tobacco or pornography.

If you are aware of any breach of the SBN Principles of Engagement by an SBN Global Member, please contact us: speakup.SBN@gainhealth.org. 

Only documented allegations will be considered. The anonymity of the whistleblower will be safeguarded. If you have any questions regarding the management of potential breaches of the SBN Principles of Engagement, do not hesitate to send your questions to speakup.SBN@gainhealth.org.