Business accountability for better nutrition

With the Nutrition for Growth and United Nations Food Systems Summits scheduled in 2021, ambitious new multi-stakeholder commitments and actions are expected for better access to safe nutritious food. In 2019 the world was already off-track to achieve SDG2 - Zero Hunger - and the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic is expected to exacerbate this gap requiring stronger financing and actions for nutrition. However, new commitments are difficult to identify without a better understanding of the current impact the actions of all stakeholder groups are having on nutrition. Acknowledging the critical role of private sector in nutrition - as the almost entire supplier of food worldwide – the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) has reviewed the current landscape of business accountability in nutrition and launched a consultative process to identify practical solutions to improve this landscape - focusing on better alignment of business reporting in nutrition.

This report summarises the discussions and solutions identified around this topic between 2018 and 2020, including outcomes of the workshops co-organised with the Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) and with the Scaling Up Nutrition Business Network (SBN). The report highlights the complementarity and synergies of the current business accountability landscape in nutrition. The main recommendations of the report are to align business reporting around a limited set of existing reporting tools to increase efficiency and transparency around business impact in nutrition