The Workforce Nutrition Alliance

 

About the Workforce Nutrition Alliance

The Workforce Nutrition Alliance was launched by the Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) and the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) in October 2019. The Alliance’s goals are to:

  • advocate for an increased focus on Workforce Nutrition;
  • support and encourage employers to commit to - and implement - workforce nutrition programmes; and
  • monitor progress on these objectives.

The Workforce Nutrition Alliance aims to impact 3 million employees in member organisations and supply chains by 2025. The Alliance focuses on 4 areas:

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Making the case

Globally, 1 in 9 people is undernourished, and 1 in 3 people is overweight or obese, bringing significant losses to individuals, households, economies and businesses. Malnutrition in all its forms has become the leading cause of ill health and death globally (Global Nutrition Report, 2020). 

Given that 58% of the world’s population spends one third of their time at work during their adult life, the workplace presents an opportunity in the fight against malnutrition. Consumer goods retailers, manufacturers and brands are important global employers, and trailblazing businesses have the potential to play an active role in supporting employees to address a wide variety of nutrition-related problems, from underweight to obesity, iron-deficiency anaemia to diabetes. 

Workplace nutrition and health programmes can have significant benefits for employees and employers alike. For organisations and businesses, improved employee health can lead to reduced absenteeism, enhanced productivity, lower rates of accidents and mistakes, greater job satisfaction. At a macro level, healthy employees can contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, specifically SDG 2 (zero hunger), SDG 3 (good health and wellbeing) and SDG 8 (decent work and economic growth).

However, there are shortcomings with current workplace programmes. For example, only a small percent of the global workforce who work in corporate offices in high income countries have access to healthy food options at work, and, although most employers in supply chains provide food to meet a regulatory requirement, it is not always nutritious. The Workforce Nutrition Alliance exists to tackle these challenges and to capitalise on the opportunity which the workplace presents in the fight against malnutrition.

 

Definition of workforce nutrition programmes

 

Role of Stakeholders

Conveners. The Workforce Nutrition Alliance is convened by The Consumer Goods Forum and the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN). The CGF bring their expertise in convening retailers and manufacturers which collectively have a reach of 10 million direct employees and indirectly an estimated 90 million workers, and GAIN contributes extensive technical know-how and experience in implementing Workforce Nutrition programmes.

Members. The Workforce Nutrition Alliance welcomes membership or umbrella organisations from the private sector, civil society, government bodies, and technical partners, all of whom are committed to the Alliance’s goals. Members of the Alliance provide support and knowledge to other Alliance members, and to Alliance signatories. Members include: the SUN Business Network (SBN) which has over 700 Small-and-Medium enterprise members active in Low-and Middle Income countries; and the Institute of Grocery Distribution (IGD) a research and training charity which connects partners within the grocery industry in the UK and beyond.

Signatories. Employers willing to make a significant commitment to improving workforce nutrition within their organisation [and that of their suppliers, clients, and partners] can sign a Workforce Nutrition pledge and receive support from Alliance members, including the implementation support courses which the Alliance is developing.

 

Join the Alliance

We welcome membership organisations, umbrella organisations or partners providing technical assistance to become Alliance members. Join us to advocate for the scale up of workforce nutrition programmes, and to support implementation and monitoring efforts for employee programmes that promote good nutrition.  If you are interested in joining the Workforce Nutrition Alliance, please reach out to: workforcenutrition@gainhealth.org or hw@theconsumergoodsforum.org

 

Become an Alliance signatory

Any employer with a strong interest in – and commitment to - workforce nutrition can make a pledge and receive support from Alliance members and join the list of Alliance Signatories.

 

Contact us

If you are interested in joining the Workforce Nutrition Alliance, please reach out to:

workforcenutrition@gainhealth.org or hw@theconsumergoodsforum.org

Workforce Nutrition Alliance focus areas

 

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Supporting implementation and delivering impact

 

The workplace is an optimal point of intervention to contribute to the improved health and wellbeing of individuals, and through the Workforce Nutrition Alliance, co-founded by the CGF and the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), organisations are coming together to support employers to adopt workforce nutrition programmes. Its goal is to positively impact three million employees in their organisations and supply chains by 2025.

The Alliance is a group of business associations and technical experts committed to improving health and wellbeing of employees including nutrition and engage the dialogue in their supply chains. The Workforce Nutrition Alliance is also aligned with the Tokyo Nutrition for Growth Summit 2020.

Workforce nutrition programmes are a set of interventions that work through the existing structures of the workplace to address fundamental aspects of health amongst employees and/or supply chain workers. Ideally, these programmes aim to create improved access to – and demand for – safe and nutritious food, with the aim of changing employees’ behaviours around food consumption, and to improve their health and wellbeing. Breastfeeding support programmes are included in this definition.

 

However, our members understand that employers face various challenges in implementing workforce nutrition programmes at scale. These challenges include lack of awareness, limited incentive, high resource requirement and complex implementation.

Through the Workforce Nutrition Alliance, we aim to demonstrate value and simplify the implementation process to help employers overcome these challenges by taking employers on a journey. This journey will include a self-assessment of current situation, setting targets and making commitments, developing a plan to meet the targets, accessing implementation support, monitoring and reporting on impact, and reaping the rewards.

 

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