The SUN Business Network advocates for private sector engagement to help alleviate malnutrition. The Network aims to find ways to harness business expertise and apply its strengths and comparative advantages to improve nutrition — including opportunities around agriculture, product development, infrastructure systems, distribution channels, or research and innovation.
The Business Network plans to set up an e-platform to share and exchange information, ideas and learnings on sustainable ways and practices in which local and international business community are engaging in the effort to scale up nutrition at the country and global levels. Moreover the Network aims to engage actively at country level to co-organise multi-stakeholder meetings to create better understanding and acceptance between the stakeholders, as well as identify concrete opportunities for public-private sector collaboration contributing to the nutrition strategy of the country
The official launch of the SUN Business network will be held in London in December 2012. In a full day meeting, important cross-cutting themes will be addressed which are of relevance to all stakeholders.
The network encourages all types of business representatives to join the network, especially small and medium size enterprises from emerging markets and those beyond the food sector with a view to expand our views to nutrition-sensitive actions. In addition organisations with expertise in effectively engaging the private sector or public-private partnerships are welcome. Participation in the Business Network requires meeting eligibility criteria around corporate responsibility, responsible labor practices and commitment to development-related causes including nutrition.
“I believe that if we all play our part, we can bring about a sustainable future that eliminates hunger and malnutrition.” – Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever and SUN Lead Group Member