Who we are

The Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition (BCFN Foundation), in partnership with the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), The Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment (CCSI) and the Santa Chiara Lab —University of Siena (SCL), are joining forces to help the agro-food sector accelerate progress towards the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


The UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) has been operating since 2012 under the auspices of the UN Secretary-General. SDSN mobilizes global scientific and technological expertise to promote practical solutions for sustainable development, including the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Climate Agreement. SDSN aims to accelerate joint learning and promote integrated approaches that address the interconnected economic, social and environmental challenges confronting the world. SDSN works closely with United Nations agencies, multilateral financing institutions, the private sector and civil society. The organization and governance of SDSN enables a large number of leaders from all regions and diverse backgrounds to participate in the development of the network. The SDSN Leadership Council brings together global sustainable development leaders from all regions and sectors. National or Regional SDSNs mobilize knowledge institutions around the SDGs. Several Thematic Networks mobilize experts from around the world on the technical challenges of implementing the SDGs and the Paris Climate Agreement. SDSN has a small secretariat with offices in New York, New Delhi and Paris.


The Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition Foundation (BCFN) is a multidisciplinary centre for the analysis of the major global issues related to food, nutrition, agriculture and environment. Created in 2009, the Barilla Foundation bridges science and society, bringing experience and expertise to the debate in an effort to end the paradoxes of our planet, where obesity and food waste happen despite widespread hunger and malnutrition. Awareness raising and continuous dialogue within economic, social, environmental and scientific spheres represent critical first steps towards achieving long-term change. Barilla Foundation delivers concrete recommendations and proposes solutions to respond to these urgent challenges and improve food system along the food supply chain – from farm to people. Barilla Foundation is convinced that these issues must become priorities in the agendas of decision makers and opinion leaders around the world. Barilla Foundation is eager to play an important role and to propose sustainable solutions for the future of our planet.

The Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment (CCSI)


The Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment is a joint center of Columbia Law School and the Earth Institute at Columbia University and a leading applied research center and forum for the study, practice and discussion of sustainable international investment. Our mission is to develop and disseminate practical approaches and solutions to maximize the impact of international investment for sustainable development. CCSI’s premise is that responsible investment leads to benefits for both investors and the residents of host countries. Through research, advisory projects, multi-stakeholder dialogue and educational programs, CCSI focuses on constructing and implementing a holistic investment framework that promotes sustainable development and the mutual trust needed for long-term investments that can be practically adopted by governments, companies and civil society.


The Santa Chiara Lab is a multidisciplinary centre of the University of Siena aiming at promoting and facilitating research and cooperation projects on Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development, fostering the acquisition of soft and digital skills, boosting open innovation through the contamination of ideas, knowledge and contributing to the dissemination and promotion of concrete solutions for the relevant challenges for the development of our societies.
The main focus areas of Santa Chiara Lab are Sustainable Development, Agro-Food, Digital Innovation, Education, Life Sciences.