Tetra Pak Earns Nod for Work Supporting U.N. Sustainable Development Goals

Tetra Pak Earns Nod for Work Supporting U.N. Sustainable Development Goals

The United Nations has awarded its 2006 World Business Award to Tetra Pak. The international processor and packager of food products was recognized for its Food for Development program, which supports the U.N. Millennium Development Goals.

The award, which recognizes the significant role business can play in implementing U.N. targets for reducing poverty, was presented on behalf of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), The Prince of Wales International Business Leaders Forum and the International Chamber of Commerce.

Presenting the award in New York at a special ceremony during a session of the U.N. Commission on Sustainable Development, former U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Mary Robinson said Tetra Pak and nine other award recipients are being recognised for their "pursuit of innovative and productive approaches to sustainable development, targeted at achieving the U.N. Millennium Development Goals."

"Receiving such a prestigious award is an honour for Tetra Pak and a validation of our more than 50-year experience of combining good business practices with development projects," said Tetra Pak CEO Dennis Jönsson.

At the heart of Tetra Pak's innovative and productive approach to sustainable development lies the belief that development programs should be built around economically viable investments. To that end, in 2000 the company established the Tetra Pak Food for Development Office (FfDO), which initiates and supports school feeding and agricultural development programs through public-private partnerships. FfDO also provides local entrepreneurs with the company's technology and market know-how to help them develop local food production.

"Our school feeding and agricultural development programs go beyond ordinary business, but they are not charity. They represent a long term development effor that improves the nutritional status of children and contributes to the development of the agricultural sector in developing countries, while at the same time creating and developing new markets for Tetra Pak," said FfDO Global Director Ulla Holm.

Tetra Pak has been involved in school feeding programs for children around the world for more than 40 years. Today, more than 40 million school children, 15 million of them living in developing countries, are served milk and other nutritious drinks in Tetra Pak packages.

Recent examples include a school feeding and dairy development program in cooperation with Kazakh entrepreneurs and the government of Kazakhstan, a school feeding and agricultural development program in cooperation with the government of the State of Nasarawa in Nigeria, and a school feeding and dairy development program in cooperation with the Guatemalan government.

"Only by engaging in true public-private partnerships and by employing the private sector as an engine for economic development can the U.N.’s Millennium Development Goals be realised," said CEO Jönsson.