One in three people globally suffers from at least one type of malnutrition. Malnutrition brings significant losses in productivity and potential, and poses challenges to employers in all settings. 58% of the world’s population will spend one third of their time at work during their adult life, so employers have an opportunity to help tackle malnutrition.
Nutrition programmes within commodity value chains provide a unique opportunity to improve health outcomes for workers, farmers, their households, and communities. They bring benefits to communities, businesses, governments, and markets. In order for these programmes to be viable in the long term, businesses need to be willing to invest, and the business case for doing so must be understood.
On 3 and 4 July 2019, The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) and The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) organised a meeting in Geneva to discuss the why, what and how of improving employee nutrition. The meeting was attended by a broad range of stakeholders who are actively involved in Workforce Nutrition programmes. This paper reports on the discussions and outcomes of the workshop.
In this series, GAIN outlines the evidence for the four most common workforce nutrition interventions: healthy food at work; nutrition education; nutrition-focused health checks; and breastfeeding support. Each evidence brief outlines the possible interventions, reviews the literature to date, suggests best practices, and showcases success stories from front-runner businesses in the specific intervention area.
This report aims to give insight into the opportunities for tea supply chain actors to improve nutrition security. It presents the Nutrition Tea Project implemented in Indonesia and shows the lessons learned and successes reached because of this intervention.
Eight in ten female readymade garment (RMG) workers in Bangladesh suffer from anemia, a condition which damages both health and productivity. This study evaluated the effectiveness of a workplace nutrition program on anemia reduction in female RMG workers of Bangladesh.
This situation analysis report presents an overview of the current practices in food and day-care-service provision in 15 ready-made garment factories in Bangladesh. It is part of the operational research for the project, "Improving Nutrition of Female Garment Industry Workers and Their Children in Bangladesh.
The Seeds of Prosperity programme works through commodity supply chains to improve workers’ diets and hygiene practices. This brief present results and next steps from programme evaluations in three sites across India and Kenya. Evaluations found improvements to dietary diversity, handwashing practices, and perceptions of trust for the programme among target groups.
This brief provides an overview of the Seeds of Prosperity programme. Through the Seeds of Prosperity the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), the Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH), and Unilever are working through commodity supply chains to improve workers’ diets and hygiene practices.
The garment industry has contributed significantly to the economic growth of Bangladesh over the past decades accounting for 82% of the country’s USD 31.2 billion export industry. The garment sector employs directly approximately 4.4 million people, and indirectly 20 million people.