In July 2018, the SUN Business Network (SBN) introduced a new principle of engagement for all its global members, “Businesses should support workforce nutrition commitments (including breastfeeding support”. The principle was adopted in order to strengthen private sector engagement around workforce nutrition by leveraging the global reach of its 23 members who have a combined workforce of more than 1.1 million employees worldwide. To strengthen this new principle, the SBN has committed to promote the design and implementation of workforce nutrition programmes among all its global members, as well as to identify and address barriers in government policies that hinder the implementation of workforce nutrition programmes.
In this report, entitled “Addressing Workforce Nutrition Commitments: Guidance for Global Members of the SUN Business Network (SBN) 2019”, the SBN has collected examples of workforce nutrition programmes from its global members in order to foster peer learning and best practice exchange among its members. The report showcases a variety of initiatives that SBN global members have designed and implemented around five categories:
1. Nutrition-focused health checks
2. Healthy food at work
3. Breastfeeding support
4. Nutrition education
5. Physical activity
The report is a first step in SBN’s revised support to its global members in strengthening workforce nutrition programmes and the SBN will continue promoting peer learning on workforce nutrition and will publish an updated version of this report in the upcoming years.