This week’s blog discusses the role a business can play to support SDG2 Zero Hunger. You may recall, in my previous blog post, Goal 1, No Poverty, I mentioned that the UNDP statement identifies the relationship between several goals, they are interconnected. This goal is closely linked to SDG1.
Achieving Zero Hunger, starts with fair and equal pay for workers globally and locally. Employees who can afford the basic necessities of life, such as, food, water, shelter and medicines are likely to afford education for their children. This opportunity will enable future generations to escape extreme poverty and hunger. However, we must not forget that there are several other reasons why people go hungry. The UNDP estimates that there are 695 million people who experience chronic hunger globally as a result of war, environmental degradation, loss of habitat and biodiversity.
Whilst you can’t solve every problem, as a small business owner, what part can you play in achieving zero hunger?
SDG2 Zero Hunger & Your Business’ Supply Chain
Referring back to the points made in the previous post, about No Poverty, SDG1, promoting fair, equal pay and ensuring you have an ethical supply chain will contribute towards hunger elimination. Your supply chain is the difference between a person living in poverty and living a more dignified life.[bctt tweet=”Your #supplychain is the difference between a person living in poverty and living a more dignified life. Create #ethical supply chains so people can afford basic essentials, food, water, shelter, medicines. #SDGs #WorldFoodDay #ZeroHunger #SDGforBiz ” username=”smartgreenmoney”]
Global contribution to SDG2 Zero Hunger
There are several proactive ways in which your business can support SDG2, Zero Hunger. In 2018, Huawei, supported 177 community programs to meet its SDG commitments. You too can contribute to small scale projects for communities where your raw materials are sourced. For instance, your business could support a community allotment project which teaches young adults about biodiversity, growing and eating locally sourced food. Such initiatives ensure that future generations learn how to protect their local biodiversity and maintain local food security.
Another way to support zero hunger initiatives is by working with communities affected as a result of deforestation. Ask yourself, do your supplies come from an area where deforestation is rapid? Offset this impact by teaming up with a project involved in reforestation programs. The programs teach communities about biodiversity and facilitate job creation.
Another project example is provision of access to water. One of the basic necessities for life is water. Whilst we take it for granted, the lack of water due to droughts, urban development and deforestation are major causes of hunger and loss of biodiversity. Not only do people suffer, animals and plants perish.
Can your business sponsor water projects? Boreholes change the life of many people around the world. For example, young girls and women are often tasked with fetching water miles from where they live. The time they spend fetching water could instead be used to attend school. Furthermore, access to water enables farmers and nomadic tribes to irrigate their fields and keep livestock alive, ultimately improving rural life. There are a number of charities globally supporting the development of boreholes and wells worldwide. Contact them and get involved. The two that I am aware of are in the UK are Penny Appeal and WaterAid UK.
Local support to eliminate Zero Hunger
Locally, how can you get involved? Firstly, ensure that employees are paid fairly and in accordance with employment regulations. You can further subsidise their wages by offering workplace pensions, bonus schemes and discounts.
There are several foodbanks, soup kitchens and charities that you can work with locally to ensure, people, especially children, do not go to bed hungry. Donate to such organisations regularly, whether it is staff time or a financial contribution, every small gesture will help.
As a business, what’s in it for you? You can take this as an opportunity to engage with your customers, local community and generate new customers. These initiatives are a way of promoting your business. The more ‘good’ you do for the community, locally and globally, the more your customer will appreciate spending their money with you.
In conclusion, your business will gradually become a more socially responsible business, which can only be a good sign for your business. The world is rapidly changing, so for a business to thrive in the future it should start thinking more consciously and quickly make the shift to sustainable business management. It is a statement that I will repeat in all of my blogs because I believe it is very important for small businesses to understand where we are heading. In order to succeed in the future, your business should start making small changes now, so that the impacts are bigger later.
A few facts about hunger from UNDP:
- 1 in 9 people is undernourished, that’s 795 million worldwide.
- Two thirds of the total of undernourished people live in Asia.
- If women farmers had the same access to resources as men, the number of hungry people in the world could be reduced by 150 million.
Sustainable Development and the role of Business
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