23 Jan 2015


British Government, UK Trade & Investment and British Consulate General in Milan announced the winners of the eighth edition of the Uk-Italy Business Award.

The ceremony of the Uk-Italy Business Award, annual event sponsored by the UK Trade & Investment Government Agency in collaboration with the British Government and the British Consulate General in Milan took place yesterday evening at the headquarters of the Italian Stock Exchange. The awards have been designed to pay homage to the existing relations between Italy and the United Kingdom.
During the evening awards were given to the Italian companies that have chosen the United Kingdom for their international business expansion and to some of the most brilliant start-ups, acknowledging the increasingly important role of innovation and young entrepreneurship.

In view of the Milan Expo, this year a special award has been announced and given to the Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition Foundation for the commitment to the issues of food sustainability.

In November 2013 the BCFN Foundation launched the Milan Protocol, which offers solutions to the major global paradoxes on food and nutrition. Since its presentation, the Milan Protocol has been endorsed by more than 500 international experts, more than 100 organizations, institutions and high level private companies, as well as thousands of private citizens.
The Milan Protocol ( www.milanprotocol.com) lists specific measures to:
- Fight against food waste from field to fork
- Fight against hunger and obesity by promoting healthy life styles starting from a young age
- Encourage sustainable agriculture by opposing financial speculation on raw materials

Last December, on occasion of the Sixth International Forum on Food and Nutrition organized by the BCFN Foundation, the final version of the protocol was presented and given to Italian and international institutions with the aim of encouraging debate on institutional tables. The Milan Protocol and other studies on sustainability and nutrition will give rise to the Milan Charter, a document that is designed to collect the contributions of institutions, academic world, civil society and private sector, to promote useful solutions to protect the Planet and People.

The final version will be handed over to the Secretary General of the United Nations during the World Food Day on October 16, as a legacy of Expo 2015, which will have the following theme: "Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life'.
Now, the Barilla Foundation will work with the Italian Government to obtain the endorsement of the Milan Charter by the 146 countries taking part in the Expo.

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