SIG Way Beyond Good Foundation of Switzerland has launched a program called ‘Cartons for Good (CFG)’ to reduce waste and distribute food to underprivileged people. Recently the company is working on partnership basis with BRAC. According to the organization, SIG Foundation works to reach the underprivileged people of the society with nutritious food and reduce food wastage. This partnership will further enhance that.
According to the latest data from the United Nations Environment Programme, 1 billion tons of food is wasted worldwide every year. In addition, the number of hungry people in the world increased to 828 million in 2021. In total, approximately 3.1 billion people do not have access to healthy food. Under the program, SIG packs the meals in carton packaging that is fully recyclable. Food can be preserved for up to nine months without any preservatives.
Meals are distributed daily in some schools of BRAC for students from underprivileged families. After use, SIG development staff are working to recycle the empty packs locally. CEO of SIG and Chairman of Way Beyond Good Foundation Samuel Siegrist said, CFG program is working to ensure safe food by preventing malnutrition through the project. We want to continue to successfully deliver more nutritious food to everyone in a safe, sustainable and affordable way.
They procure vegetables and food products directly from farmers. So the foundation is working to give fair prices to farmers and reduce food wastage. Jubair Simon, Bangladesh Country Manager of SIG Foundation said, through this initiative we are providing nutritious food to the underprivileged. Besides, we are trying to create new employment opportunities. Through this, food waste can be prevented in Bangladesh.
The ‘Cartons for Good’ project is creating a world where no one goes to bed hungry. Since 2019, SIG Foundation has been implementing the ‘Cartons for Good’ pilot project in view of 15.2 percent child malnutrition in Bangladesh.