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Development will be achieved with the private sector, not by excluding them. The private sector, however, should be involved in multisectoral action backed by the scientific evidence 

Martin Chungong, Secretary General of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) & member of the SUN Movement Lead Group

The SUN Business Network (SBN) is the only dedicated global platform for business and nutrition, with the aim to reduce malnutrition in all its forms – through engaging and supporting business to act, invest and innovate in responsible and sustainable actions and operations to improve nutrition. To do this, the SBN provides a neutral platform to broker partnerships and collaborations between business and all actors on nutrition at the national, regional and global level in support of SUN Countries. The SUN Business Network is co-convened by the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) and World Food Programme (WFP). The SBN is supported by a global secretariat based in London, UK.

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• To MOBILISE businesses to contribute towards the reduction of malnutrition, in all forms.

• To MAKE good nutrition more aspirational, accessible, affordable and available for the consumer.

• To BUILD the case for greater business engagement in nutrition amongst all stakeholders.

The SUN Business Network (SBN) is the only dedicated global platform for business and nutrition, with the aim to reduce malnutrition in all its forms – through engaging and supporting business to act, invest and innovate in responsible and sustainable actions and operations to improve nutrition. To do this, the SBN provides a neutral platform to broker partnerships and collaborations between business and all actors on nutrition at the national, regional and global level in support of SUN Countries. The SBN believes that when consumers demand improved nutrition that businesses will act and national economies will grow.

The SUN Business Network is coconvened by the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) and World Food Programme (WFP), the latter of which, through its regional offices, have supported the setting up of new national networks. The SBN is supported by a global secretariat based in London, UK.

• Today, the SBN brings together more than 400 members – up by 100 since 2015-2016 – ranging from multi-national to national companies united in their commitment to improved nutrition.

National networks have higher membership than ever before, and are working on programmes in areas including: consumer awareness and demand creation, nutrition in the agriculture value chain, workforce nutrition and food fortification.

• At the global level, the SBN updated its impact pathway and impact indicators for national SBNs, to show results, in 2016-2017.

• An online toolkit for host organisations in SUN Countries wishing to develop a national business engagement network was created in 2016-2017.

• To explore how best to support businesses in Africa, the SBN surveyed its members, showing that some key concerns facing businesses, including small and medium enterprises include: weak infrastructure and accessing finance, policy environment information and technical assistance. The SBN is identifying partnerships for members in Africa, such as the African Development Bank, Ashoka Changemakers and private sector investment funds, to redress these challenges.

CREATE more national SBNs in Asia, Latin America and West Africa, in particular.

INCREASE business commitments to address the multiple burdens of malnutrition.

CAPTURE good practice and lessons learned to apply these in the development of new-and-improved tools for national SBNs.

UNDERSTAND business members’ needs to meet commitments (i.e. technical assistance, business development support and access to finance) and identify potential partners and service providers to address business needs.

INCREASE the number of partnerships with providers of finance and business; development support to improve the access and affordability of nutritious foods.

APPLY SBN’s new monitoring and learning approach to assess impact of the network in SUN Countries.

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Network Facilitation Team

Jonathan Tench
Senior Manager

Ritta Shine
Country Support Manager

Marta Wnukiewicz
Associate

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