Access to Nutrition Index evaluates food and beverage manufacturers’ policies regarding obesity and undernutrition.
The Global Access to Nutrition Index – Organization and Overall Purpose
The Global Access to Nutrition Index (ATNI) is a groundbreaking initiative that evaluates the world’s largest food and beverage manufacturers’ policies and performance related to the world’s most pressing nutrition challenges: obesity and undernutrition. Other than the Global Index, single country Spotlight Indexes like the India Index, and specific monitoring tools for SME’s and improved Nutrition Profiling Systems are also in development.
Globally one in three people is either undernourished, overweight or obese. Over the last 35 years, obesity has more than doubled and has now reached epidemic proportions. Over the next 10 years, undernutrition is also set to continue to increase in some countries.
The aim of the Access to Nutrition Foundation
The Indexes are designed and published by the Access to Nutrition Foundation (ATNF), a not-for-profit organization based in The Netherlands. ATNF provides companies with a tool to benchmark performance on nutrition against others in their sector and provides stakeholders with impartial objective, consistent, indepth information on companies’ contributions to improving nutrition. The aim of ATNF is to encourage companies both to increase the number of healthier products and access to them, and also to responsibly exercise their influence on consumers’ choice and behavior.
Local dialogue to counter obesity and undernutrition
The Global Index was first launched in 2013 and repeated in 2016 and 2018. They gained a positive response from stakeholders, including food and beverage manufacturers, NGOs and investors. In addition, ATNF publishes Spotlight Indexes for individual countries that aim to provide a strong evidence base for local dialogue and action. The first India Spotlight Index assessing India’s largest food and beverage manufacturers was published in 2016, and in 2018 ATNF published the first U.S. Spotlight Index.
ATNF’s Indexes and research is used not only by the rated companies but also by non-profit stakeholders, such as NGOs, policymakers and investors. ATNF works closely with several of these
- Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN);l
- Global Nutrition Report;
- World Health Organization (WHO);
- over 60 global investment companies.
The Access to Nutrition Foundation was established in July 2013. It is governed by an independent international board of directors. The Foundation is currently being funded by:
- Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation;
- Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs;
- UK Department for International Development (DFID).
For more information on ATNF, please visit www.accesstonutrition.org