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Access to Nutrition
14 january 2016
 

Launch of the 2016 Global Access to Nutrition Index 

“Given the global reach of their products, food and beverage companies have a critical role to play in helping to tackle the growing global health crisis caused by poor nutrition. While companies have a social responsibility to act, it is also in their financial and business interests to do so as consumers worldwide increasingly demanding healthier foods.”  
Inge Kauer, Executive Director, Access to Nutrition Foundation
 

Overall 2016 Global Index findings

Today the 2016 Global Access to Nutrition Index is launched. The 2016 Global Index ranks the world´s 22 largest companies´ contributions to tackling obesity and undernutrition. It evaluates each of the companies on their:
  • Corporate strategy, management and governance related to nutrition
  • Formulation and delivery of appropriate affordable and accessible products
  • Positive influence on consumer choice and behaviour, through nutrition information, food marketing and labelling
 
The companies have made some progress compared to the first Index launched in 2013 but they still have a long way to go if they are to play their full part in tackling the mounting global nutrition crisis.

Unilever, Nestlé and Danone lead the 2016 rankings having done more than the others to integrate nutrition into their business models, to produce healthier products and to ensure affordable pricing and wider distribution of healthier products in emerging markets.

Mars and FrieslandCampina have risen the most on the 2016 Index. Mars rose from 16th to 5th and FrieslandCampina from 19th to 8th. 
 
“The Global Access to Nutrition Index is increasingly being embraced as an accountability tool by companies and investors to measure – and ultimately improve – their performance on promoting better nutrition”
Keith Bezanson, Chair of the Board of the Access to Nutrition Foundation
 

“The Global Access to Nutrition Index is increasingly being embraced as an accountability tool by companies and investors to measure – and ultimately improve – their performance on promoting better nutrition”
 
Keith Bezanson, Chair of the Board of the Access to Nutrition Foundation
 

ATNI BMS assessment 2016

ATNI 2016 also assesses the policies and practices of the world’s largest baby food manufacturers to gauge whether their marketing of breast-milk substitutes (BMS) aligns with international standards. This is of particular relevance in poorer countries where breastmilk can be a lifesaver for vulnerable infants.

The companies assessed for the BMS sub-ranking included four of the food companies evaluated in the global Access to Nutrition Index - Danone, FrieslandCampina, Heinz and Nestlé - and two pharmaceutical sector companies, Abbott and Mead Johnson. The research found that none of the six companies’ policies assessed for this sub-ranking was fully compliant with The Code although there was significant variation in their performance.  Independent research carried out for ATNI in Vietnam and Indonesia in the summer of 2015 by US-based health-research company, Westat revealed numerous examples of non-compliance with the methodology in both countries suggesting that all companies’ policies and management systems are in need of an overhaul.
 
To view the full report, please visit http://www.accesstonutrition.org.
 

“With an estimated one in three people malnourished around the world, improving nutrition is one of our generation’s biggest global challenges – one that will require strong partnerships across both the public and private sector. When it comes to reducing malnutrition and curbing obesity, the 2015 Access to Nutrition Index clearly shows that food and beverage manufacturers have a lot of more to do.”
 
Senoe Torgerson, Senior Program Officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
 

Up-coming events

  • On-line press launch, Thursday January 14, 02.00 PM GMT
  • 2016 Global Access to Nutrition Index investors' launch meeting, London, Friday January 15, 8.30-10.30 AM GMT
         RVSP here
  • 2016 Global Access to Nutrition launch meeting for CSOs, academia and international organisations, Friday January 15, 3-5 PM GMT
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  • 2016 Global Access To Nutrition Index Investors´ Webinar, Tuesday January 19, 10-11 AM EST
         RVSP here
  • Launch 2016 Global Access to Nutrition Index, Davos, Thursday January 21 2016, 12.30-14.00 CET.
         RVSP here
  • Global Access to Nutrition Index New York investors meeting, Wednesday February 3, New York (more info soon)
         RVSP here
  • Launch meeting 2016 Global Access to Nutrition Index for CSOs, academia and international organisations, Thursday February 4, Washington DC (more info soon)
         RVSP here
 

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