The SUN Business Network (SBN) has developed a public register of commitment to encourage transparency and accountability. 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), as well as
- A statement of its planned or actual contribution (either financial, in-kind or knowledge/technology transfer) to nutrition-related interventions, aligned with the SUN Strategy or one or more individual country’s nutrition action plan.
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).
- Commitments may have been made to other platforms (such as Every Woman Every Child or Nutrition for Growth Compact) provided their impact on nutrition is clearly articulated.
- These commitments will be reviewed by the SBN co-chairs and the SUN secretariat.
- Commitments will be posted on the www.sunbusinessnetwork.org website.
- Any organisation submitting a commitment must agree to provide an annual update reporting progress.
For further information, or to submit your membership request, please email Marta Wnukiewicz at firstname.lastname@example.org
SUN Movement Principles of Engagement
- 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.
- 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.
- Be rights-based: Act in accordance with a commitment to uphold the equity and rights of all women, men and children.
- Be willing to negotiate: Stakeholders will seek to resolve divergences in approaches or interests whenever they arise.
- 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.
- Be cost-effective: Pursue and support evidence-based priorities that will achieve the greatest sustainable impact for the cost.
- Be continuously communicative: Learn and adapt through regular sharing of relevant lessons on what works and what does not, across countries, sectors and stakeholders.
- Act with integrity and in an ethical manner: Manage personal and institutional conflicts of interest with integrity.
- Be mutually respectful: Collaborate in a way that builds trust and respects the contributions and perspectives of other stakeholders.
- 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
- Businesses should support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights; and make sure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses.
- 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
- Businesses should uphold the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining;
- 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.
- 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.
- Businesses should work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery.
Updated 11 April 2017