The United Nations (UN) has recognised Meat Business Women as one of the global solutions to their Sustainable Development Goals. Chair of Meat Business Women, Laura Ryan, was invited to be the guest speaker at the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe session, earlier this month.

The international audience of industry experts heard how Meat Business Women has been growing at a pace in the UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand and is actively helping to showcase the meat sector as a positive career choice for female talent whilst also creating networking opportunities for those already working in the sector.

The UN Sustainable Development Goals are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all by 2030. They address the global challenges we face, including those related to poverty, climate, environmental degradation, prosperity and gender equality.

Laura’s presentation focused on the robust research showing the tangible business benefits of having a gender-balanced company board and organic pipeline of talent. Laura explained to the audience:

“Our industry is under siege at the moment and we need to be proactive in demonstrating we are a positive career destination and one which nurtures talent. What Meat Business Women has created is a positive global network which benefits our sector and, most importantly, is good news for the industry at an international level.”

As a result of the conference, there is significant interest to launch Meat Business Women in further territories across the world in addition to working with the United Nations on future meat industry projects.
After the event, Laura commented: “To be recognised by the United Nations is hugely important for our community across the globe, we have a packed calendar of events and, as ever, would be delighted to explore development into further countries.”

See www.amic.org.au/mbw for more details for the next MBW event in Brisbane on 9 October.