United Nations and World Health Organization strategies on global public health recognize that efforts to help people improve their diets and health require a whole-of-society effort and actions by all stakeholders – including the private sector. We take this responsibility seriously and have committed to do our part and to work in collaboration with all stakeholders in the execution of our commitments and the realization of the global public health strategies of the UN and WHO.
"We are acutely aware of the enormity of the task ahead and the need to work collaboratively with WHO, its regional offices, Member States and the wider public health community to deliver a positive outcome. We will commit our time, expertise and resources to support public-private partnerships to accomplish the objectives of the WHO in this area." — IFBA letter to WHO Director-General Dr. Margaret Chan 13 May, 2008
Project Last Mile: Launched in 2010, this project is a collaboration among The Coca-Cola Company, The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation, The Global Fund, USAID and The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. In addition to the founding partners, Project Last Mile leverages the complementary expertise and resources of the Yale Global Health Leadership Institute and the Global Environment & Technology Foundation. This initiative applies the Coca-Cola system’s logistic, supply chain and marketing expertise to help strengthen health systems across Africa and improve the distribution and marketing of essential medicines and medical supplies. To date, interventions have taken place in Tanzania, Mozambique and Ghana, while work is beginning in Nigeria. In 2014, the partners committed to investing more than USD 21 million and significant in-kind resources to implement Project Last Mile to reach a total of ten African countries by 2020. As a result of the project, in Tanzania, the availability of critical medicines has increased by 30% and stock outages have decreased; in Ghana, Cocoa-Cola’s refrigeration repair and purchasing programmes have modelled improved maintenance systems and routines; and in Mozambique, the efficiency and reliability for delivery of medicines from provincial warehouses to health facilities has increased.More information
Ukraine Milk Communities: Danone is committed to bring health through food and aims to contribute to Ukraine’s economy and increase the quality of life of Ukrainians and simultaneously of the product they produce – milk. Currently, smallholders produce more than 80% of Ukrainian milk, but mainly for personal use. The incomes from milk are low and the milk tends to be of poor quality and cannot be used in production. Co-created by the Danone Ecosystem Fund and its local partner Heifer Ukraine, this project is designed to support the development of family dairy farming in the country to diversify and secure its milk supply, improve the revenues of small-scale farmers and contribute to local economic development thereby combating the rural migration from the Ukrainian countryside. To date, Danone has invested more than EURO one million in Ukrainian villages.More information
EPODE (Ensemble Prévenons l’Obesité Des Enfants): Ferrero has been a partner of EPODE, a community-based intervention programme for the prevention of childhood obesity and of EEN (EPODE European Network) since 2007. In 2016, the company continued its participation in several national EPODE projects in: France, in the “Vivons en forme” (VIF) which focused on sleep and well-being and involved 250 municipalities reaching 100,000 children; in Belgium, in the VISANO programme with the objective to facilitate the healthy choice for families; and in the Netherlands, the program JOGG, with the objective to help municipalities and local stakeholders raise awareness with regards to nutrition, sports and exercise. In 2016, the number of municipalities participating increased from 91 to 114, reaching more than 600,000 children.More information
Partners in Food Solutions: Founded by General Mills in 2009, Partners in Food Solutions, an independent nonprofit organization is working to strengthen food security, improve nutrition and increase economic development across Africa by expanding and increasing the competiveness of the food processing sector. The programme mobilizes corporate volunteers from General Mills and other U.S.A.-based food industries, linking their expertise with small and growing food processors to improve the food value chain in Africa. The programme is currently operating in nine African countries - Cote d’Ioire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia. In November 2016, in partnership with TechnoServe and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, PFS launched a programme to increase food fortification in Kenya, Nigeria and Tanzania.More information
The “Good Neighbor” Programme: With this programme launched in 2012, the company’s plants and distribution centers have become responsible for helping to improve the infrastructure and social benefits within their communities. In 2016, 129 projects were undertaken, including the installation of outdoor gyms and playground games at public parks in Mexico, Uruguay and Venezuela to help promote physical activity; the rehabilitation and remodeling of schools in Guatemala and Mexico; and rehabilitation of a public square and installation of pedestrian sidewalks to provide access to a bus stop through a safer path.More information
School Breakfast Programmes: Kellogg is committed to reducing child hunger and reaching two million children by starting and growing school breakfast programmes in more than 25 countries, including Australia, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Egypt, Italy, Russia, South Africa and the U.K., while continuing to expand U.S. school breakfast programme participation. In Russia, Kellogg has partnered with the Food Bank of Russia to provide a nutritious breakfast to about 600 children in 18 schools across five regions of the country. In Australia, the Breakfast Buddies programmes helps provide breakfast to the one in seven children who otherwise go without by providing breakfasts to schools, outback and indigenous communities, sporting clubs and other community groups that serve children In Spain, there are now more than 1,000 children participating in 15 breakfast clubs around the country. In the U.S.A., Kellogg partners with Action for Healthy Kids, Food Research and Action Center and Share Our Strength No Kid Hungry to bring breakfast to 63,000 students in 250 schools; in Colombia, Kellogg supports programmes in nine cities, reaching 3,400 children in 55 schools; and in Egypt, the company provided support for a kitchen and catering facilities at a primary school, employing and training mothers of children to cook breakfast for 600 students each school day. Learn more.More information
Sustainable Cocoa Initiative: Mars is a leader in the field of cocoa research and its work encompasses agricultural, economic and health related issues. Working independently, as well as in collaboration with industry partners, such as Barry-Callebaut and Danone, governmental agencies, such as USDA-ARS, scientific research institutions, non-governmental organizations, academia and organizations of small cocoa farmers, Mars has established a three-pronged approach to cocoa sustainability that begins with the individual farmers: (i) to reach as many farmers as possible by certifying the entire cocoa supply and encouraging others in the industry to commit to certification; (ii) to improve coca breeding, farming methods and protection against pests and disease by conducting breakthrough research; and (iii) to giving farmers the knowledge and technology they need to triple their yields by investing in critical cocoa-sourcing regions. Mars’ work in Indonesia and West Africa has shown that this kind of support can help farmers to triple their yields in three to five years. Mars has a 2020 target to source 100% of its cocoa from certified sources; in 2016, more than 50% pf the cocoa Mars uses came from certified sources.More information
McDonald’s Clinton Global Initiative: In 2013, McDonald’s, in partnership with the Clinton Foundation and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, made a commitment to increase customers’ access to fruit and vegetables and help families and children to make informed choices in keeping with balanced lifestyles. This commitment applies to McDonald’s top 20 markets which represent 85+ percent of global sales, and demonstrates the company’s commitment to use its size and scale to help educate, empower and encourage its customers to make informed choices so they can live a balanced and healthy lifestyle. The company retained Keybridge, a public policy economics firm, to independently verify progress. They reported that during the period July 2014 to May 2015, the company had made progress towards its goal – it sold 21 million additional low-fat and fat-free milk jugs and 100% apple juice boxes; and introduced new Happy Meal options which resulted in 161 million tubes of Go-GURT® Low Fat Strawberry Yogurts and 38 million Cuties Clementines in Happy Meals and a la carte.More information
Cocoa Life: In November 2012, Mondelēz International launched “Cocoa Life,” the company’s largest and most comprehensive cocoa sustainability effort to date, designed to improve the lives of cocoa farmers, reduce the use of child labor, create thriving cocoa communities and help secure the future of the cocoa industry. Through “Cocoa Life” Mondelēz International will invest USD 400 million over the next ten years to improve the livelihoods and living conditions of cocoa farming communities in Brazil, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, India, Indonesia and Puerto Rico. Cocoa Life is built on partnerships with governments, nongovernment organizations, supply chain partners, cocoa farming organization and farming communities. The programme is a verified programme, with third-party verification of the supply chain by FLOCERT and annual outcome assessments and three-yearly evaluations of impact on cocoa farming communities provided by third party research agency IPSOS.More information
United for Heathier Kids®: Launched in 2014 as part of Nestlé’s commitment to foster healthy behaviours in children. Through engagement with private and public partners, and pioneering science-based resources, the programme aims to provide parents of children under 12 with new tools to inspire and enable behavior change. United for Healthier Kids® relies on mass media, social media and integrated social marketing to reach parents. By 2016, it had reached 170 million people through online and on-the-ground activities and is currently collaborating with 50 private and public partners in 10 countries. Pilots in Mexico and Philippines in 2014 showed that collaboration with media companies and communication partners is crucial for promoting public health messages. United for Healthier Kids® has since expanded to Brazil, Ecuador, Egypt, Guatemala, the Middle East, Pakistan, Panama, and Thailand.More information
World Food Programme (Ethiopia): PepsiCo and the World Food Programme (WFP) have worked together since 2007, leveraging their expertise and global presence to address hunger around the world. In 2011, WFP launched a ground-breaking public-private partnership with the PepsiCo Foundation and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to promote long-term nutritional and economic security in Ethiopia. The PepsiCo Foundation provided a USD 3.5 million grant to WFP to develop a locally sourced, nutrient-rich, chickpea-based ready-to-use supplementary food designed to help children between the ages of six months and five years with moderate to acute malnutrition. Developed over a five-year period, in March 2015, the first shipments of Dimbuch went out to Ethiopian families in the Ankober district of Eastern Ethiopia, helping 20,000 children to get the nutrients they need.
Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN): SUN is a global movement uniting 59 countries with donors, civil society, UN partners and business in a collective effort to improve nutrition and end malnutrition by 2030. The SUN Movement looks to implement both specific nutrition interventions, such as support for the first 1,000 days of an infant’s life, fortification of foods, micronutrient supplementation and treatment of severe malnutrition; and nutrition-sensitive approaches, such as agriculture, clean water and sanitation, education and employment, health care, support for resilience and women’s empowerment. Unilever is committed to scaling up nutrition in support of the SUN movement. This means improving the nutrition of its 171,000 employees through its workplace wellness programme and improving the health and well-being of over one billion people by 2020 by improving the nutritional quality of its products, delivering safe drinking water and changing the hygiene behaviours of consumers.More information