The SUN Business Network aims to mobilise and intensify efforts from the business community in support of the SUN Movement.
In 2015 the SBN supported eleven countries to build national business networks. These national networks identify where business can support existing national nutrition strategies sensitise national businesses and other actors to the role business can play as partners to scale up nutrition and mobilise commitments from business in priority areas. These models and experiences were shared with the wider movement to encourage more action at country level through bilateral calls, national coordinators, regional contacts and through the SUN Business Network website: www.sunbusinessnetwork.org. In addition, 43 countries were involved in a SUN Movement Network Meeting on engaging business. 120 representatives from 19 SUN Country platforms in Eastern & Southern Arica participated in a regional workshop on engaging business. Workshops in Asia and West Africa are being prepared for December 2015 and March 2016.
As a result of growing its outreach to SUN Countries, 29 countries have requested further support from the Movement and the SBN to grow the role of business in scaling up nutrition. Within the role of business, agriculture, fortiﬁcation, mobile technology and workforce policy have emerged as four priority areas where SUN Countries would like to see more commitments from business. To further support this growing interest the SUN Business Network has revised its Guide to SUN Country Business Engagement and is developing detailed guides on the role of business in the four priority areas.
In 2015 the SBN surpassed its target of engaging companies with 164 companies now making public commitments to improving nutrition and tracking their progress annually. These commitments range from increasing reach in broadcasting mobile phone nutrition messages all the way to providing 60 million people each year with fortiﬁed staple foods. In total, commitments from the SBN amount to reaching 125 million consumers each year by 2020 with improved nutrition.
The SBN also created a business workforce nutrition toolkit for its members which includes guidance on how companies can improve maternal nutrition and support for breastfeeding through its workplace policies. For the second year the SBN tracked commitments from business through the Global Nutrition Report. The SBN was also actively engaged in the 2014 SUN Movement Global Gathering, Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2), where it coordinated the participation of 100 companies to represent the private sectors input, World Economic Forum, and high level events during United Nations General Assembly. SBN’s Advisory Group of 12 business leaders, co-chaired by Feike Sijbesma, CEO, Royal DSM & Axton Salim, Director, Indofood, includes companies from the global North and South and play an active role in championing SUN and the role of business in scaling up nutrition.
SBN is convened by the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) and the UN World Food Programme (WFP) and further supported by an Advisory Group. The network’s Advisory Group was established in March 2014 and brings together senior leaders from the private sector, as well as SUN, the UN Network and the Civil Society Network. The Advisory The Advisory Group provides strategic advice to the network and champions the role of the private sector in scaling up nutrition with the business community and other SUN stakeholders.
Last updated: October 2015