SUN Business Network Announces New Members

7 November 2013

The first group of companies to join the SUN Business Network have unveiled their commitments to scaling up nutrition. Combined, these companies have pledged to reach over 120 million undernourished women and children in developing countries each year, by 2020, with direct and indirect nutrition interventions.

The SUN Movement recognizes the important role of responsible business in addressing under-nutrition globally, and the SUN Business Network has been established to support the movement, and the 43 SUN countries, to engage with business and build a multi-sector approach to nutrition.

Ajinomoto, BASF, Britannia, Cargill, DSM, Nutriset and Unilever are the first group of companies to announce their commitments to scale up nutrition. Specific commitments include:

  • Ajinomoto will aim to improve the nutrition of 500,000 pregnant and lactating mothers and children by 2017.
  • Unilever will reach 500,000 mothers in developing countries with their handwashing with soap behavior change programme to improve the nutritional status of children under-5.
  • Britannia aims to increase the reach of their Iron Fortified biscuits to one million vulnerable children by 2016.
  • Through its involvement with Partners in Food Solutions (PFS), Cargill will work with General Mills, DSM and Buhler to support small and medium sized (SME) food producers in improving the nutrition of their products. By 2015 PFS aims to reach more than 200 SMEs in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • DSM will ensure they reach 50 million pregnant and lactating women, as well as children and adults with their micronutrient powder and multivitamin tablets and other products each year by 2020.
  • BASF will work with partners to provide access to affordable fortified staple foods for an extra 60 million people each year, in developing and emerging market countries from 2012 to 2015.
  • Nutriset will increase the reach of their ready to use therapeutic foods to 9 million vulnerable children each year by 2018.

Company commitments can be viewed on the SUN business network website. To join the network, companies must commit to tracking their targets annually through the SUN Business Network.

SUN Business Network Manager, Jonathan Tench explained: ‘This is just the beginning for the SUN Business Network. We are working to align our network with other global business initiatives on nutrition so that we can create one common platform for business to engage with the SUN Movement.

These commitments from business are also just the tip of the iceberg, SUN Business Network will support these companies to work with partners to further increase their reach – and add more companies to the network.

In January 2014 at the World Economic Forum in Davos we will announce our next membership milestone. We will continue to reach out to local businesses in SUN countries and non-food companies in our quest to create a wide and diverse network in support of SUN.’

The SUN Business Network is also beginning its support to help SUN Countries to engage with business through a multi-stakeholder approach to scaling up nutrition. Further details will be added to the network website by the end of the year.

Please email secretariat@sunbusinessnetwork.org for detail on how to join. Further membership announcements will be made before the end of 2013.

SUN Business Network Announces New Members

7 November 2013

The first group of companies to join the SUN Business Network have unveiled their commitments to scaling up nutrition. Combined, these companies have pledged to reach over 120 million undernourished women and children in developing countries each year, by 2020, with direct and indirect nutrition interventions.

The SUN Movement recognizes the important role of responsible business in addressing under-nutrition globally, and the SUN Business Network has been established to support the movement, and the 43 SUN countries, to engage with business and build a multi-sector approach to nutrition.

Ajinomoto, BASF, Britannia, Cargill, DSM, Nutriset and Unilever are the first group of companies to announce their commitments to scale up nutrition. Specific commitments include:

  • Ajinomoto will aim to improve the nutrition of 500,000 pregnant and lactating mothers and children by 2017.
  • Unilever will reach 500,000 mothers in developing countries with their handwashing with soap behavior change programme to improve the nutritional status of children under-5.
  • Britannia aims to increase the reach of their Iron Fortified biscuits to one million vulnerable children by 2016.
  • Through its involvement with Partners in Food Solutions (PFS), Cargill will work with General Mills, DSM and Buhler to support small and medium sized (SME) food producers in improving the nutrition of their products. By 2015 PFS aims to reach more than 200 SMEs in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • DSM will ensure they reach 50 million pregnant and lactating women, as well as children and adults with their micronutrient powder and multivitamin tablets and other products each year by 2020.
  • BASF will work with partners to provide access to affordable fortified staple foods for an extra 60 million people each year, in developing and emerging market countries from 2012 to 2015.
  • Nutriset will increase the reach of their ready to use therapeutic foods to 9 million vulnerable children each year by 2018.

Company commitments can be viewed on the SUN business network website. To join the network, companies must commit to tracking their targets annually through the SUN Business Network.

SUN Business Network Manager, Jonathan Tench explained: ‘This is just the beginning for the SUN Business Network. We are working to align our network with other global business initiatives on nutrition so that we can create one common platform for business to engage with the SUN Movement.

These commitments from business are also just the tip of the iceberg, SUN Business Network will support these companies to work with partners to further increase their reach – and add more companies to the network.

In January 2014 at the World Economic Forum in Davos we will announce our next membership milestone. We will continue to reach out to local businesses in SUN countries and non-food companies in our quest to create a wide and diverse network in support of SUN.’

The SUN Business Network is also beginning its support to help SUN Countries to engage with business through a multi-stakeholder approach to scaling up nutrition. Further details will be added to the network website by the end of the year.

Please email secretariat@sunbusinessnetwork.org for detail on how to join. Further membership announcements will be made before the end of 2013.

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