Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) is a global movement which unites governments, civil society, the United Nations, donors,businesses, and researchers in a collective effort to improve nutrition.
The SUN Business Network (SBN) is the private sector pillar of this movement, and aims to support businesses in growingthe role they play in nutrition.
In Malawi the SBN network operates under the leadership and guidance of Department of Nutrition HIV and AIDS as the convener for SUN with technical support from WFP as convener for SBN.
What are the Benefits of Being Part of the network?
Advocate for improved nutrition standards and regulations.
Access a wide range of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) opportunities for your business to improve nutrition in the community.
Receive regular updates on the nutrition market; including news, trends and consumer behavior.
Receive practical advice guidance and training,through workshops and events, to increase your company’s commercial engagement in nutrition.
Receive global exposure as a supporter of improved nutrition on the SBN website.
What is expected of members once they join?
Supporting the SUN Business Network and being active in its Vision to become the centre for promoting nutrition in Malawi’s private sector.
The Principles of Engagement of the SUN Business Network (below).
Sharing general information about your organisation and its efforts to support nutrition.
(For food companies) Following responsible practices of infant feeding.
(For food companies) Not marketing any product to children under the age of 6 months.
(For food companies) Following appropriate marketing practices for children of 6 – 24 months of age, which includes positioning foods as a complement to continued breastfeeding to the age of 24 months or beyond.
What are the Principles of Engagement of the SUN Business Network?
Members should act in line with a commitment to uphold the equity and rights of all women, and men.
Members should recognize the importance of moral and social action within a competitive nutrition market.
Be advocates for the cause of improved nutrition in Malawi.
Members should support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights; and make sure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses.
Members should comply with UN guidance on health and nutrition, with a specific mention of the International Code on Marketing of Breast Milk Substitutes and World Health Assembly resolutions related to Maternal, Infant and Young Child Nutrition.
Members should work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery Members should uphold the elimination of all forms of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation.
What is SBN commitment to its members?
Leading, supporting and encouraging SBN members to improve nutrition in Malawi.
Working closely with our partners to increase nutrition awareness and demand, thereby growing the marketfor nutrition.
Helping SBN members to increase commercial engagement in the nutrition market by providing relevantinformation, guidance, tools and support.
Working with members, government and partners to advocate for an improved nutrition regulatory.
Encouraging and facilitating CSR opportunities to improve nutrition in the community.