SUN Business Network launches at the World Economic Forum 2014 in Davos

Over 60 leaders from civil society, governments, UN agencies and business gathered for the launch of the SUN Business Network at the World Economic Forum 2014 to recommend ways to engage more businesses in the SUN Business Network. The session was led by the Network’s convenors, Marc van Ameringen, CEO of the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) and Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP).

 

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Feike Sijbesma, CEO, Royal DSM was unveiled as co-chair of the SUN Business Network’s Advisory Group, which will advise the network on recruiting members. Feike also announced the network’s target to develop a membership of 99 companies by 2015.

 

Key announcements:

  • Establishing the SUN Business Network as the one global coordinated platform for business commitments to undernutrition, including through integrating the business commitments to the 2013 Nutrition for Growth Summit into the network
  • A SUN Business Network membership  target of 99 members by 2015
  • An Advisory Group of private sector leaders for the SUN Business Network, to be co-chaired by Feike Sijbesma, CEO of Royal DSM

 

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David Nabarro, UN Secretary General’s Special Representative on Nutrition, Coordinator of the SUN Movement said that after decades of little coordination amongst the nutrition community, things are changing, 46 countries have signed up to Scaling Up Nutrition, with the target of 50 in sight.  ‘’But what matters now is that all businesses, everywhere, put nutrition, and women sensitive nutrition, solidly into all aspects of their work. Whether it’s agriculture, food or communications sectors, please make nutrition central to what you do. But bring in more – if each business at the World Economic Forum had nutrition at the centre of their work, nutrition world be transformed’’ 

 

Key recommendations from the thematic roundtables

Specifically for the SUN Business Network:

  • Paul Polman Unilever CEO challenged multinationals to leverage their entire supply chains. These companies have a responsibility to get the companies in their whole value chain, particularly in developing countries, to scale up nutrition.
  • A small number of companies in certain supply chains e.g. cocoa can play a transformational role in addressing stunting. It is estimated that 25-42% of children in cash crop producing small holder households are stunted. But first we need to sensitise business in these commodity supply chains.
  • SBN needs to reach out to businesses with core activities in water, sanitation and hygiene sectors and in healthcare products and services to ensure alignment and increase the network’s membership base.

 

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John Baird, Canadian Foreign Minister, outlined Canada’s commitment to addressing nutrition in partnership with the SUN Business Network. He said ‘’business is a tremendously important partner, because of the innovation that business can bring to the table, logistics, science, crop yields, distribution, tackling food waste’’.

 

For multi-stakeholder policymakers:

  • Governments, particularly donors, need to unlock progress through joint investments. Business models cannot reach the very poorest, most undernourished sections of society, without co-investment in projects.
  • Water, Sanitation & Hygiene needs greater integration across all levels and stakeholders with nutrition.
  • We need to expand the global evidence base through increased research partnerships between business and other stakeholders in nutrition.
  • SBN must find ways of helping to address key knowledge gaps in relation to the links between food security, agriculture and nutrition. For example: what are the most important nutrition inputs into agriculture (which seeds and crops do we need to invest in)?
  • We need to address the evidence gaps constraining food and nutrition policy. For example, what is the nutritional impact of over subsidising certain staple foods like wheat and rice over a diverse food basket?
  • Policymakers need to factor urbanisation into their nutrition strategies. The distance between producers and consumers will increase. This will have major impacts on new consumers who will increasingly rely on more processed fortified foods.
  • The role of business in nutrition needs to feature in the Post-2015 development agenda debate.

 

See our Davos Press Release here.

 

Main image: Justine Greening, UK Secretary of State for International Development called the members of the SUN Business Network ‘trailblazers’ ‘’It is within the SUN Business Network, and within its companies that we will find THE solutions that can unlock progress in tackling undernutrition. There is no either/or approach to this challenge, there is no public or private sector approach. We have to go hand in hand. The reality is that the innovation and creativity that we need to reach sustainable, self-financing solutions for nutrition will come from business.’’

SUN Business Network launches at the World Economic Forum 2014 in Davos

Over 60 leaders from civil society, governments, UN agencies and business gathered for the launch of the SUN Business Network at the World Economic Forum 2014 to recommend ways to engage more businesses in the SUN Business Network. The session was led by the Network’s convenors, Marc van Ameringen, CEO of the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) and Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP).

 

Download the Report here.

 

SBN_Davos_2_homepage

Feike Sijbesma, CEO, Royal DSM was unveiled as co-chair of the SUN Business Network’s Advisory Group, which will advise the network on recruiting members. Feike also announced the network’s target to develop a membership of 99 companies by 2015.

 

Key announcements:

  • Establishing the SUN Business Network as the one global coordinated platform for business commitments to undernutrition, including through integrating the business commitments to the 2013 Nutrition for Growth Summit into the network
  • A SUN Business Network membership  target of 99 members by 2015
  • An Advisory Group of private sector leaders for the SUN Business Network, to be co-chaired by Feike Sijbesma, CEO of Royal DSM

 

SBN_Davos_3_homepage
David Nabarro, UN Secretary General’s Special Representative on Nutrition, Coordinator of the SUN Movement said that after decades of little coordination amongst the nutrition community, things are changing, 46 countries have signed up to Scaling Up Nutrition, with the target of 50 in sight.  ‘’But what matters now is that all businesses, everywhere, put nutrition, and women sensitive nutrition, solidly into all aspects of their work. Whether it’s agriculture, food or communications sectors, please make nutrition central to what you do. But bring in more – if each business at the World Economic Forum had nutrition at the centre of their work, nutrition world be transformed’’ 

 

Key recommendations from the thematic roundtables

Specifically for the SUN Business Network:

  • Paul Polman Unilever CEO challenged multinationals to leverage their entire supply chains. These companies have a responsibility to get the companies in their whole value chain, particularly in developing countries, to scale up nutrition.
  • A small number of companies in certain supply chains e.g. cocoa can play a transformational role in addressing stunting. It is estimated that 25-42% of children in cash crop producing small holder households are stunted. But first we need to sensitise business in these commodity supply chains.
  • SBN needs to reach out to businesses with core activities in water, sanitation and hygiene sectors and in healthcare products and services to ensure alignment and increase the network’s membership base.

 

SBN_Davos_4_homepage

John Baird, Canadian Foreign Minister, outlined Canada’s commitment to addressing nutrition in partnership with the SUN Business Network. He said ‘’business is a tremendously important partner, because of the innovation that business can bring to the table, logistics, science, crop yields, distribution, tackling food waste’’.

 

For multi-stakeholder policymakers:

  • Governments, particularly donors, need to unlock progress through joint investments. Business models cannot reach the very poorest, most undernourished sections of society, without co-investment in projects.
  • Water, Sanitation & Hygiene needs greater integration across all levels and stakeholders with nutrition.
  • We need to expand the global evidence base through increased research partnerships between business and other stakeholders in nutrition.
  • SBN must find ways of helping to address key knowledge gaps in relation to the links between food security, agriculture and nutrition. For example: what are the most important nutrition inputs into agriculture (which seeds and crops do we need to invest in)?
  • We need to address the evidence gaps constraining food and nutrition policy. For example, what is the nutritional impact of over subsidising certain staple foods like wheat and rice over a diverse food basket?
  • Policymakers need to factor urbanisation into their nutrition strategies. The distance between producers and consumers will increase. This will have major impacts on new consumers who will increasingly rely on more processed fortified foods.
  • The role of business in nutrition needs to feature in the Post-2015 development agenda debate.

 

See our Davos Press Release here.

 

Main image: Justine Greening, UK Secretary of State for International Development called the members of the SUN Business Network ‘trailblazers’ ‘’It is within the SUN Business Network, and within its companies that we will find THE solutions that can unlock progress in tackling undernutrition. There is no either/or approach to this challenge, there is no public or private sector approach. We have to go hand in hand. The reality is that the innovation and creativity that we need to reach sustainable, self-financing solutions for nutrition will come from business.’’

SUN Business Network Davos Launch Press Release Jan 2014
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