Invest in People
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Now it is time to move on to the the second area – People – and explore the companies that support the SDGs within it. They are all participants of United Nations Global Compact, who’s mission is to mobilize a global movement of sustainable companies and stakeholders to create the world we want.
Our chosen three companies serves as examples of companies who support the SDGs within the area of People and our aim with this blog is to visualize how a possible impact investment can be made, allowing you to put your money where your heart is.
The second area – People – consists of SDG 2 (Zero Hunger), SDG 3 (Good Health and Well-Being) and SDG 4 (Quality Education).
Nutrition, health and education are some of the most important goals to invest in people. But how do you invest in people? And why?
By investing in people, you provide them with the opportunity to gain knowledge. Having knowledge is a strong tool to empower people in improving their lives. Undernourishment have been decreased by half in the last two decades due to increased agricultural productivity and rapid economic growth. Maternal health, child mortality and diseases like HIV/AIDS and malaria have been reduced greatly. Simultaneously there has been a significant increase in literacy rates and the enrollment of children in schools. These are all important steps towards better nutrition, health, well-being and education for some the world’s most vulnerable people. However, there are still more steps to be taken.
To reach these three SDGs by 2030, we must actively participate in supporting small scale farmers and sustainable agricultural practices, support research, the development of vaccines and a universal healthcare that is affordable for all.
But if we really want to make an impact, we need to provide quality education that is available to everyone. Doing this, is arguably the most powerful aspect of achieving sustainable development, better health and better opportunities to improve the quality of life of those who need it the most.
3 Companies that promotes Health and Education
Below are three examples of companies that are working towards reaching the SDGs within the area of People – Visualizing where your future impact investment can be made:
CHR. HANSEN HOLDING A/S
Chr. Hansen Holding A/S states in their latest Sustainability report (2017/2018) the following:
“Chr. Hansen contributes to a more sustainable agricultural practice through plant probiotics and silage inoculants. The natural plant probiotics enable farmers to improve productivity while creating a more sustainable agricultural practice. Silage inoculants are used to ferment forage for livestock. It prevents the forage from decomposing and preserves nutritional value, while reducing amounts wasted. Plant health solutions experienced increased traction in South America especially in sugar cane production. The geographical expansion continues, and the products are increasingly being used for new crops, such as soy beans. Sales of silage inoculants also experienced growth, adding to the aim of promoting sustainably grown food and crops. Chr. Hansen continues to work closely with CARE Denmark on a Danida-funded partnership with the aim of promoting sustainable agricultural practices in Kenya by creating access to natural plant protection. The project is still in its early stages and will take form in the coming years. During 2017/18, progress was made towards the 2025 target as the two solutions were applied across 3.2 million hectares. Since the base year 2015/16, a total of 6.7 million hectares have been treated with Chr. Hansen’s natural solutions.”
“Chr. Hansen contributes to global health through its probiotics and healthy food ingredients. This year, Chr. Hansen launched the ProKids concept for tasty probiotic children’s drinking yogurt. The yogurt contains LGG®, the world’s best documented strain, which has shown to support normal immune function in children. The launch of ProKids brought the total number of health products launched since 2015/16 to three. During 2017/18, initial steps were taken to prepare a study on the impact of probiotics on public health expenditures, which will be conducted next year.”
Orkla ASA states in their latest Sustainability report (2016/2017) the following:
“As one of the biggest operators in the European grocery market, Orkla is committed to being part of the solution. We can exert influence both by being a driving force in collaborative initiatives to promote better public health and by developing healthier versions of foods and products that are part of people’s daily diet. By offering health and wellness products and services, we make it easier to live healthily. All our business areas have given nutrition and consumer health a prominent position on their agenda. Our companies are working actively to adapt their product portfolios to health-related consumer trends. In the future, we expect a large part of growth to be generated by launches related to nutrition and wellness. This applies to everything from healthier alternatives to indulgence products such as biscuits, bars and snacks and products tailored to various health needs.”
ALFA LAVAL GROUP
Alfa Laval Group states in their latest Sustainability report (2016/2017) the following:
“Alfa Laval delivers efficient, hygienic equipment that delivers sustainable performance to the pharmaceutical industry. Alfa Laval products and solutions improve shelf life, reduce waste and make food production hygienic and safe.”