Scaling Up Nutrition Business Network High Level Breakfast, Davos

22 January 2015

Assistant UN Secretary General for the UN Post-2015 Agenda, Amina Mohammed, joined over 60 senior global leaders from business, NGOs and UN Agencies to  attend the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Business Network High Level Breakfast on Nutrition and Post-2015, in Davos, co-sponsored by Unilever and DSM with the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) and UN World Food Program (WFP).

The event emphasized the growing role of the private sector and public-private partnerships in addressing malnutrition. In particular, defining “investment in nutrition as a win-win for all”, GAIN’s Executive Director, Marc Van Ameringen invited all businesses to scale up nutrition: “So to all businesses in the room, whether you are a multinational or an SME, in the food sector or not, you as have a role to play in ending malnutrition once and for all – and there is a place for you in the SUN Business Network.”

Co-chairs of SBN, Feike Sijbesma, CEO of Royal DSM, marked the Network’s progress, announcing that 107 companies are now committed to tackling malnutrition and highlighting the role of SBN as the only global platform for business commitments for scaling up nutrition: “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.”

Much progress has also been noted at country level, with the development of national SBNs and more countries engaging companies in their national nutrition plans. Along with commitments from 37 multinationals reaching 125 million consumers each year by 2020, 74 national companies that have made, or have publicly pledged to develop commitments in SUN countries. This progress was recognised by Amina Mohammed, Assistant UN Secretary General for the SDGs, referring to the Network as a ‘model for business engagement’ for implementation of the SDGs.

Various ideas were raised regarding next steps for further growth of the Network. Notably, Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director, WFP, reflected on the political sensitivities around the role of business, stating that ‘We are trapped in the memory of what has happened previously and keep identifying challenges not lessons for the future. We need to look forward not backwards as we engage with business.’ Chris Nelson, CEO Kemin, added the need for partnering with government as an opportunity to de-risk investment for business. Amongst others, including Lilianne Ploumen, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, Netherlands, Marc  Van Ameringen explained “It’s not just food businesses that can play a role”, calling for the Network to engage with other sectors such as ICT companies to generate commitments around data and communications. Ploumen also encouraged focus on young entrepreneurs to “ensure we are working with the business leaders of tomorrow”.

Marc Van Ameringen (Executive Director, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition), introduces the Global Nutrition Report, highlighting key points with particular emphasis on growing the role of the private sector and public-private partnerships

Marc Van Ameringen (Executive Director, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition), introduces the Global Nutrition Report, highlighting key points with particular emphasis on growing the role of the private sector and public-private partnerships

Amina Mohammed (Assistant UN Secretary General for the SDGs) refers to the SUN Business Network as a ‘model for business engagement’ for implementation of the SDGs.

Amina Mohammed (Assistant UN Secretary General for the SDGs) refers to the SUN Business Network as a ‘model for business engagement’ for implementation of the SDGs.

Ertharin Cousin (Executive Director, UN World Food Program) explains ‘We are trapped in the memory of what has happened previously and keep identifying challenges not lessons for the future. We need to look forward not backwards as we engage with business.’

Ertharin Cousin (Executive Director, UN World Food Program) explains ‘We are trapped in the memory of what has happened previously and keep identifying challenges not lessons for the future. We need to look forward not backwards as we engage with business.’

Scaling Up Nutrition Business Network High Level Breakfast, Davos

22 January 2015

Assistant UN Secretary General for the UN Post-2015 Agenda, Amina Mohammed, joined over 60 senior global leaders from business, NGOs and UN Agencies to  attend the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Business Network High Level Breakfast on Nutrition and Post-2015, in Davos, co-sponsored by Unilever and DSM with the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) and UN World Food Program (WFP).

The event emphasized the growing role of the private sector and public-private partnerships in addressing malnutrition. In particular, defining “investment in nutrition as a win-win for all”, GAIN’s Executive Director, Marc Van Ameringen invited all businesses to scale up nutrition: “So to all businesses in the room, whether you are a multinational or an SME, in the food sector or not, you as have a role to play in ending malnutrition once and for all – and there is a place for you in the SUN Business Network.”

Co-chairs of SBN, Feike Sijbesma, CEO of Royal DSM, marked the Network’s progress, announcing that 107 companies are now committed to tackling malnutrition and highlighting the role of SBN as the only global platform for business commitments for scaling up nutrition: “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.”

Much progress has also been noted at country level, with the development of national SBNs and more countries engaging companies in their national nutrition plans. Along with commitments from 37 multinationals reaching 125 million consumers each year by 2020, 74 national companies that have made, or have publicly pledged to develop commitments in SUN countries. This progress was recognised by Amina Mohammed, Assistant UN Secretary General for the SDGs, referring to the Network as a ‘model for business engagement’ for implementation of the SDGs.

Various ideas were raised regarding next steps for further growth of the Network. Notably, Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director, WFP, reflected on the political sensitivities around the role of business, stating that ‘We are trapped in the memory of what has happened previously and keep identifying challenges not lessons for the future. We need to look forward not backwards as we engage with business.’ Chris Nelson, CEO Kemin, added the need for partnering with government as an opportunity to de-risk investment for business. Amongst others, including Lilianne Ploumen, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, Netherlands, Marc  Van Ameringen explained “It’s not just food businesses that can play a role”, calling for the Network to engage with other sectors such as ICT companies to generate commitments around data and communications. Ploumen also encouraged focus on young entrepreneurs to “ensure we are working with the business leaders of tomorrow”.

Marc Van Ameringen (Executive Director, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition), introduces the Global Nutrition Report, highlighting key points with particular emphasis on growing the role of the private sector and public-private partnerships

Marc Van Ameringen (Executive Director, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition), introduces the Global Nutrition Report, highlighting key points with particular emphasis on growing the role of the private sector and public-private partnerships

Amina Mohammed (Assistant UN Secretary General for the SDGs) refers to the SUN Business Network as a ‘model for business engagement’ for implementation of the SDGs.

Amina Mohammed (Assistant UN Secretary General for the SDGs) refers to the SUN Business Network as a ‘model for business engagement’ for implementation of the SDGs.

Ertharin Cousin (Executive Director, UN World Food Program) explains ‘We are trapped in the memory of what has happened previously and keep identifying challenges not lessons for the future. We need to look forward not backwards as we engage with business.’

Ertharin Cousin (Executive Director, UN World Food Program) explains ‘We are trapped in the memory of what has happened previously and keep identifying challenges not lessons for the future. We need to look forward not backwards as we engage with business.’

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