The SUN Business Network (SBN) is the private sector branch of the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement and aims to support businesses to grow the role they play in improving nutrition and to support SUN countries in developing national business engagement strategies. The Partnering Initiative (TPI), working together with the SBN, developed a series of four case studies which explore SBN engagement of business towards improved nutrition. These focused in particular on how SBN facilitates and supports the role of government in catalysing/steering private sector action. Across a range of countries and contexts. They aim to explore this approach to tackling the Sustainable Development Goals, and to identify lessons learned – both good practice and challenges – to share within and outside the SUN network.
This is one case study from that series of four where we document that, as part of its commitment to increase the number of businesses co-investing in nutritious and safe foods, one of the approaches promoted by SBN global and used by SUN business networks at country level is the introduction of business member commitments. This involves new members agreeing to one or more commitments focused on improving nutrition in the country, in particular through the formulation of new or improved nutritious foods, accessible pricing, increased distribution, and awareness raising.
Nigeria, Mozambique and Tanzania SBNs (see overview below) adopted the member commitment approach early on, and provide useful data from which to draw initial learnings about this approach. This case study examines the results of the annual assessments carried out in these three countries in 2020, looking at the extent to which members were able to make progress against their commitments, what some of the key challenges were, and any recommendations for future commitments. This is SBN’s first internal attempt to assess members’ progress against commitments and partnership formation since the network started.