Tetra Pak Receives Award for Work Supporting United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

    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.
     (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20060510/212181 )
     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
 Commerce.
     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
 Guatemalan government.
     "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,
 everywhere.
     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
 business.
     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

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