LAUSANNE, Switzerland, May 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Tetra Pak, a world leader
in food processing and packaging solutions, today announced that its Food
for Development programme has been awarded the 2006 World Business Award in
support of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals.
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The award, which recognises the significant role business can play in
implementing UN targets for reducing poverty, was presented on behalf of
the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), The Prince of Wales
International Business Leaders Forum and the International Chamber of
Presenting the award in New York at a special ceremony during a session
of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development, former UN 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
UN 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 Jonsson.
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
programmes 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 programmes go beyond
ordinary business, but they are not charity. They represent a long term
development effort 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 programmes 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
programme in cooperation with Kazakh entrepreneurs and the government of
Kazakhstan, a school feeding and agricultural development programme in
cooperation with the government of the State of Nasarawa in Nigeria, and a
school feeding and dairy development programme in cooperation with the
"Only by engaging in true public-private partnerships and by employing
the private sector as an engine for economic development can the UN's
Millennium Development Goals be realised," said CEO Jonsson.
Note to Editors
As a world leading company in food processing and packaging, Tetra
Pak's motto "protects what's good"(TM) reflects the philosophy upon which
we conduct our business in order to make food safe and available,
Operating in more than 165 markets with over 20,000 employees, Tetra
Pak believes in responsible industry leadership, creating profitable growth
in harmony with good corporate citizenship and a sustainable approach to
We work closely with our suppliers and customers on preferred
processing and packaging solutions to provide convenient, innovative and
environmentally sound products to millions of people worldwide.
More information about Tetra Pak's Food for Development activities can
be found on: www.tetrapak.com/ffdo
SOURCE Tetra Pak