More Businesses Join Fight Against Global Malnutrition

22nd January 2015, World Economic Forum, Davos

The campaign to improve global nutrition by engaging with businesses received a welcome boost when it surpassed its target of recruiting 99 member companies.

The Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement now has 107 members committed to tackling malnutrition in each of its countries. Members of the SUN Business Network (SBN) range from large multinationals to small and medium-sized businesses in SUN countries. Commitments come from industries including agriculture, food fortification, processing and packaging, information, communication and technology and finance (see the SBN infographic).

SBN’s 99th member is Jubilant Life Sciences Limited, a global pharmaceutical and life sciences company and part of the Jubilant Bhartia Group. The Group’s co-chairman is also one of the co-chairs at World Economic Forum in Davos this week. Through their Integrated Malnutrition Project, the company is committed to working with the Indian State of Uttar Pradesh to improve the nutritional status of one million people by 2018 through nutrition data collection, education, counselling and encouraging behavior change.

Co-chairs of SBN, Feike Sijbesma and Axton Salim, said: “Last year we set a target to get 99 companies committed to scaling up nutrition, and we’re delighted that the number of companies engaging with us at country level means we’ve surpassed our target and have a thriving membership of over 100 companies. The SUN Business Network is beginning to take shape – now more and more countries within the SUN Movement are developing plans to get business involved in their national nutrition strategies. The work doesn’t stop here, our next step as a network is to take a leading role in the new vision for the SUN Movement, and ensuring responsible businesses contribute in a real way to real progress against malnutrition.’’

GAIN’s Executive Director, Marc Van Ameringen added: ”Getting more businesses involved in scaling up nutrition is crucial if we are to meet global and national targets to reduce undernutrition – but the key thing is what these companies do. Whether it’s investing in nutrition sensitive agriculture, fortifying food products or developing consumer behaviour change campaigns, we need to turn engagement into action. Our ambitions must be to get businesses to transform markets in responsible and sustainable investment.’’

As SUN countries begin recruiting companies into their national nutrition plans, the network continues to expand.  Kristina Spiegel from SUN Business Network explained: “We have 37 multinational companies with global commitments which will be tracked through the Global Nutrition Report. [www.globalnutritionreport.org] The global commitments amount to reaching 125 million consumers each year by 2020. So far 74, companies have made, or have publicly pledged to develop, commitments at national level in SUN countries. As national SBNs develop and deepen private sector engagement, we will work with them to build accountability into country strategies – adapted to the needs of the national context.”

In 2015, Mozambique, Pakistan, Yemen, Nigeria, Indonesia and Kenya will seek to develop strategies to engage business in national nutrition plans. This is in addition to Tanzania, Cameroon and Zambia which launched national networks in 2014. Last year the network launched its Guide to business engagement for SUN countries.

Contact us:

Jonathan Tench, Manager: jtench@gainhealth.org

Kristina Spiegel, Senior Associate: kspiegel@gainhealth.org

Pia Juneja, Junior Associate: pjuneja@gainhealth.org

Valerie Pillonel, Event Coordinator: vpillonel@gainhealth.org

More Businesses Join Fight Against Global Malnutrition

22nd January 2015, World Economic Forum, Davos

The campaign to improve global nutrition by engaging with businesses received a welcome boost when it surpassed its target of recruiting 99 member companies.

The Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement now has 107 members committed to tackling malnutrition in each of its countries. Members of the SUN Business Network (SBN) range from large multinationals to small and medium-sized businesses in SUN countries. Commitments come from industries including agriculture, food fortification, processing and packaging, information, communication and technology and finance (see the SBN infographic).

SBN’s 99th member is Jubilant Life Sciences Limited, a global pharmaceutical and life sciences company and part of the Jubilant Bhartia Group. The Group’s co-chairman is also one of the co-chairs at World Economic Forum in Davos this week. Through their Integrated Malnutrition Project, the company is committed to working with the Indian State of Uttar Pradesh to improve the nutritional status of one million people by 2018 through nutrition data collection, education, counselling and encouraging behavior change.

Co-chairs of SBN, Feike Sijbesma and Axton Salim, said: “Last year we set a target to get 99 companies committed to scaling up nutrition, and we’re delighted that the number of companies engaging with us at country level means we’ve surpassed our target and have a thriving membership of over 100 companies. The SUN Business Network is beginning to take shape – now more and more countries within the SUN Movement are developing plans to get business involved in their national nutrition strategies. The work doesn’t stop here, our next step as a network is to take a leading role in the new vision for the SUN Movement, and ensuring responsible businesses contribute in a real way to real progress against malnutrition.’’

GAIN’s Executive Director, Marc Van Ameringen added: ”Getting more businesses involved in scaling up nutrition is crucial if we are to meet global and national targets to reduce undernutrition – but the key thing is what these companies do. Whether it’s investing in nutrition sensitive agriculture, fortifying food products or developing consumer behaviour change campaigns, we need to turn engagement into action. Our ambitions must be to get businesses to transform markets in responsible and sustainable investment.’’

As SUN countries begin recruiting companies into their national nutrition plans, the network continues to expand.  Kristina Spiegel from SUN Business Network explained: “We have 37 multinational companies with global commitments which will be tracked through the Global Nutrition Report. [www.globalnutritionreport.org] The global commitments amount to reaching 125 million consumers each year by 2020. So far 74, companies have made, or have publicly pledged to develop, commitments at national level in SUN countries. As national SBNs develop and deepen private sector engagement, we will work with them to build accountability into country strategies – adapted to the needs of the national context.”

In 2015, Mozambique, Pakistan, Yemen, Nigeria, Indonesia and Kenya will seek to develop strategies to engage business in national nutrition plans. This is in addition to Tanzania, Cameroon and Zambia which launched national networks in 2014. Last year the network launched its Guide to business engagement for SUN countries.

Contact us:

Jonathan Tench, Manager: jtench@gainhealth.org

Kristina Spiegel, Senior Associate: kspiegel@gainhealth.org

Pia Juneja, Junior Associate: pjuneja@gainhealth.org

Valerie Pillonel, Event Coordinator: vpillonel@gainhealth.org

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