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Uzbekistan Food Industry Association (UFIA) Joins the United Nations Global Compact and the UN in Uzbekistan’s Coalition of Business Champions for Sustainable Development

22 April 2022

Uzbekistan Food Industry Association (UFIA) became the fifth member of the United Nations (UN) Global Compact from Uzbekistan. The UN Global Compact is a voluntary leadership platform for the development, implementation, and disclosure of responsible business practices. Launched in 2000, the UN Global Compact is the largest corporate sustainability initiative in the world, with more than 15,000 companies and 4,000 non-business participants based in over 160 countries, and more than 70 Local Networks.

UFIA is the first non-business organization from Uzbekistan to join the UN Global Compact. Covering more than 2500 members, the Association plays an important role in ensuring the highest quality standards and sufficient level of food production in accordance with scientifically approved standards. At the same time, UFIA oversees the creation and maintenance of the basic food stocks needed in adverse conditions, supporting food security and development of the food industry in the region, which supports the second Sustainable Development Goal (SDG).

“We are very excited to become part of the global platform and support sustainable development on both local and international levels. We consider the UN Global Compact as an opportunity to learn about the best world sustainable food business and production practices, which implementation will be then encouraged among our members,” said Mr. Bahodir Umirshaykhov, the chairman of Uzbekistan Food Industry Association.

The UN in Uzbekistan recognizes UFIA’s commitment to support sustainable development in the country. The UN Resident Coordinator, Ms. Roli Asthana noted that “UFIA’s participation in the UN Global Compact is an important step to ensure the development of sustainable food production and resilient agricultural practices in the country. With more than 2500 members on board, UFIA can make the difference in the industry, supporting sustainable food systems in Uzbekistan.”

About UFIA

Uzbekistan Food Industry Association was established in 2020 and today covers more than 2,500 enterprises. UFIA actively supports its members and facilitates the implementation of the latest discoveries in the business process of enterprises operating in the field, establishing public oversight and information exchange with the government agencies to ensure food security, as well as conducting trainings to increase the knowledge and skills of the industry representatives.

About the UN Global Compact

The UN Global Compact is a call to companies everywhere to align their operations and strategies with ten universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labor, environment, and anti-corruption, and to take action in support of UN goals and issues embodied in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Launched in 2000, the United Nations Global Compact is both a policy platform and a practical framework for companies that are committed to sustainability and responsible business practices. It is the largest corporate sustainability initiative globally, with over 15,000 companies and 4,000 non-business participants based in over 160 countries and more than 70 Local Networks.

For more information on the UN in Uzbekistan:

Rusyan Jill Mamiit, Ph.D., Development Coordination Officer for Partnerships and Development Finance, United Nations in Uzbekistan, mamiit@un.org, +998 93 501 7838

For more information on the UN Global Compact:

Shokhrukh Pulatov, Country Manager for the United Nations Global Compact in Uzbekistan, pulatov@unglobalcompact.org, +998 94 420 64 20

Uzbekistan Food Industry Association (UFIA) Joins the United Nations Global Compact and the UN in Uzbekistan’s Coalition of Business Champions for Sustainable Development

Anvar Meliboev

Anvar Meliboev

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