3.1
million
children die every year due in part to undernutrition
The Lancet 2013
459
billion USD
were the retail revenues of the companies rated in ATNI 2013
3.4
million
deaths were caused by overweight and obesity in 2010
The Lancet 2014
2.1
billion
people were overweight in 2013 and 671 million obese

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20 August 2014 |

In addition to ATNF's in-person consultations and webinars, an on-line consultation tool has been developed. This tool should give all our stakeholders worldwide the chance to share their views on the methodology of the Access to Nutrition Index 2015.

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17 July 2014 |

In early July, ATNF held a series of consultations in the US to update stakeholders on progress since its launch and solicit input to the 2015 Global Index methodology.

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1 July 2014 |

As part of the further development of the Access to Nutrition Index, on 1 July, ATNF moved office to Utrecht, the Netherlands. The office is shared with like-minded organizations including the BoP Innovation Center (BoPInc) and the IDH Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH).

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Upcoming events

20 October 2014 | Presentation to investors during the ‘Good Money’ week in London

Key findings

Many companies are not very transparent about their nutrition practices.
Companies could do more to address undernutrition and at a broader scale.
Companies’ practices often do not measure up to their commitments.
Many companies are now taking at least some action to improve access to nutrition.
Across the board, the world’s largest food and beverage manufacturers can do substantially more to improve consumers’ access to nutrition.

Quotes

"F&C believes that food and beverage company valuations will increasingly be shaped by their ability to adapt to changes in regulation and trends in consumer behaviour. This is why we have supported the creation and development of the Access to Nutrition Index. F&C will use the Index to encourage companies in our portfolios to take a more active role in managing nutrition-related risks and unlocking new opportunities."

Vicki Bakhshi, Associate Director, Governance and Sustainable Investment, F&C Investments

"The Access to Nutrition Index offers companies a comprehensive, independent assessment of how well their practices align with competitors in the food and beverage industry and provides benchmarks against which they can improve their approach to nutrition. The aim is to promote a more objective public debate and encourage companies to do more to address nutritional needs of customers."

Keith Bezanson, Chair of the Board of ATNF

“The capacities of the global food industry are not being harnessed effectively in tackling malnutrition. The Index aims to engage companies around the opportunities to make more nutritious, affordable foods available for consumers, especially the poorest.”

Marc Van Ameringen, Executive Director, GAIN

“The food industry has a vital role to play in addressing the serious global problems of both obesity and undernutrition.... Over the past four years, a significant amount of work has been put into shaping the Access to Nutrition Index, developing a robust methodology with the advice of a wide range of independent experts. We are delighted to see the first Index launched today, and hope that it will become an important tool to encourage further debate and action, in order to strengthen global health by improving access to nutrition."

Sir William Castell, Chairman of the Wellcome Trust

“Obesity and undernutrition affect billions of people and threaten a global health catastrophe. The Access to Nutrition Index is an urgent call to action for food and beverage manufacturers to integrate improved nutrition into their business strategies. It is not only good for public health; it is a business imperative and key to their long-term sustainability.”

Inge Kauer, Executive Director, Access to Nutrition Foundation

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