Global Index

India Spotlight Index

Global Index 2016

Category E - Lifestyles

E Support for healthy diets and active lifestyles

(2.5% of overall score)

Companies can encourage their staff to adopt healthy diets and active lifestyles by including well-designed elements relating to these topics within their broader employee health and wellness programs. In addition to other benefits, these programs can help facilitate a company culture that contributes to a greater focuson improving the company’s nutrition practices. Companies should support mothers who have returned to work after having a baby to continue to breastfeed by offering suitable facilities and flexible working options. Companies can also help consumers around the world, including in populations with a high prevalence of undernutrition, to adopt healthy diets and active lifestyles by supporting education and activity programs that are designed and implemented by independent expert organizations. This Category assesses the extent to which companies support such efforts through three criteria:

E1 Supporting staff healthy and wellness

E2 Supporting breastfeeding mothers in the workplace

E3 Supporting consumer-oriented healthy diet and active lifestyle programs

To perform well in this Category, companies should:

  • Offer comprehensive nutrition and healthy lifestyle programs within their overall staff health and wellness programs, for all employees and their families globally.

      - Set and achieve (or exceed) targets for participation in these programs.
      - Commission independent evaluations of the health and/or business impacts of these programs, and publish these evaluations.

  • Offer supportive maternity leave policies, flexible working arrangements and appropriate workplace facilities for breastfeeding mothers when they return to work.
  • Commit to support integrated, comprehensive consumer-oriented healthy diet and active lifestyle programs and campaigns in all major markets, developed and implemented by independent organizations with relevant expertise.

     - Commit to not use brand-level sponsorship in association with these programs.
     - Commission and publish independent evaluations to assess the health impacts that these programs deliver.
     - Support third-party social marketing campaigns aimed at educating undernourished consumers (or those at risk of undernutrition) on a range of nutrition issues, including breastfeeding, the appropriate introduction of complementary foods, and the benefits of micronutrient supplementation, eating fortified products and a diverse diet.

Changes to the methodology compared to the 2013 Global Index:

  • E2 is a new section for the 2016 Global Index that was not assessed in 2013. It was added to the methodology to encourage companies to support the recommendations of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) of exclusive breastfeeding for infants up to six months old and continued breastfeeding up to two years and beyond, which has substantial, proven health benefits in the short and long term. Section E1 was strengthened principally by adding more indicators on disclosure. Section E3 was also strengthened by adding an indicator asking whether companies have a written policy and guidelines on the programs they will sponsor/fund, whether they principally support integrated programs, and on levels of disclosure.

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The Access to Nutrition Index rates food and beverage manufacturers´ nutrition-related policies, practices and disclosures worldwide on a recurring basis.


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