The Zero Hunger Private Sector Pledge calls on companies from all sizes and from around the world to join the global movement to end hunger. Pledges have been made with sizes ranging from USD 100 to 100 million, and covering all priority countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.
What is the Zero Hunger Private Sector Pledge?
The Zero Hunger Private Sector Pledge is an opportunity for private sector actors to align their investment with evidence on how to end hunger and nourish the future. The pledge encourages commitments for investment in at least one of the 10 high-impact intervention areas from the Ceres2030 evidence and in at least one of the priority countries or regions.
The pledge requires companies to comply with host state laws and regulations, and commit to internationally accepted principles, including but not limited to:
- the Principles for Responsible Investment in Agriculture and Food Systems of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS-RAI)
- the International Code of Marketing of Breast Milk Substitutes
- the Principles of the UN Global Compact
- the UN Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights
Visit 'How to Pledge' on the Zero Hunger Private Sector Pledge website to find out more about how to make a Pledge.
Why should companies pledge?
Today, one in ten people – up to 828 million people – are hungry (SOFI 2022). Over the past years, consequences of the covid-19 pandemic and skyrocketing food, fertilizer and fuel prices have pushed millions more vulnerable people into greater food insecurity. If we cannot deliver on ending hunger and malnutrition, then we cannot transform food systems.
A specific set of investments - described by evidence from Ceres2030, Program of Accompanying Research for Agricultural Innovation (PARI) 2020, and the State of Food Insecurity in the World (SOFI) 2021 are needed to end hunger. These reports show that donors must double current public spending. Governments have to juggle multiple priorities due to the pandemic and the associated economic downturn.
This is why large companies can and should step in to increase efforts toward achieving zero hunger by 2030. Transforming food systems to end hunger and malnutrition, ensure safe and nutritious food for all, support sustainable consumption shifts, reduce carbon emissions, generate decent and dignified livelihoods, and build resilience to future shocks requires more and better private sector investments.
Visit 'Stories from Companies' to read about companies that have already signed up to the Zero Hunger Private Sector Pledge
About the Zero Hunger Private Sector Pledge
The Zero Hunger Private Sector Pledge is a game-changing solution that emerged from the UN Food Systems Summit (UNFSS) Action Track 1. The Pledge recognizes that governments cannot eradicate hunger alone and need more private sector involvement. It calls on companies from all sizes and from around the world to join the global movement to end hunger.
The implementing organizations are a coalition of ten international organizations and non-governmental organizations, namely: the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), Grow Africa, Grow Asia, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), the Shamba Centre for Food & Climate, the World Benchmarking Alliance (WBA), the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), and the World Food Programme (WFP).
For more information about the pledge, visit 'About Us' on the Zero Hunger Private Sector Pledge website.