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Global Index 2018

BRF S.A.

Rank
18
Score
0.5
17 (2015)

Nutrition

19
0.6

Undernutrition

14
0.0

Nutrition General

A Governance (12.5%)
2.0
B Products (25%)
0.2
C Accessibility (20%)
0.0
D Marketing (20%)
0.5
E Lifestyles (2.5%)
0.7
F Labeling (15%)
0.7
G Engagement (5%)
2.6

Undernutrition

A Governance (12.5%)
0.0
B Products (25%)
0.0
C Accessibility (20%)
0.0
D Marketing (20%)
0.0
E Lifestyles (2.5%)
0.0
F Labeling (15%)
0.0
G Engagement (5%)
0.0

Corporate Profile

Headquarters
Brazil
# of employees
111,000
Market capitalization
Not available
Reported product categories
Processed Food, Dairy, Meat
Total revenues*
$10,360 m
Reported revenue by geography**
Brazil 44%, Middle East / Africa 20%, Asia 14%, Europe 11%, Rest of World 10%
* Source: Morningstar, USD historic exchange rate ** Source: Morningstar

Main areas of strength

• Although BRF’s reporting is not comprehensive, the company addresses nutrition issues in its annual report by setting a number of objectives for delivering its nutrition strategy.
• BRF’s approach to reformulating its existing products is aligned with national dietary guidelines, such as those of the Brazilian Association of Food Industries and of the Ministry of Health.
• The company’s responsible marketing policy is applicable to all consumers and all media, and prohibits advertising to children under six.

Priority areas for improvement

• BRF discloses limited information related to nutrition and did not provide information upon request. It decreased in score and rank compared with 2016 when it did engage actively with ATNF. It ranks eighteenth with a score of 0.5 currently.
• Although BRF claims that delivering better nutrition is part of the company’s strategy, this commitment could be made more evident by codifying it in a mission statement or policy, outlining clear management structures, a set of clear objectives and SMART targets to operationalize its commitment. BRF’s nutrition strategy is limited to Brazil and should be extended to apply globally.
• As only three BRF products were available for assessment in the nine countries covered, BRF was not included in the study.
• As in the 2013 and 2016 Indexes, BRF did not adopt a robust Nutrient Profiling System (NPS) to guide its reformulation efforts. It should adopt a well-verified NPS and use it to underpin the reformulation of its existing portfolio as well as new product development.
• BRF should put in place publicly available affordability and accessibility strategies with commitments, measurable objectives and targets to improve the affordability and availability of their healthy products for all consumers.
• BRF has a limited policy for either all consumers or children and therefore should adopt best practice policy globally. It should commission audits of its compliance with its policy as well and publish the findings.
• BRF should disclose any formal labeling policies. It should publish a clear policy on Back of Pack (BOP) and Front of Pack (FOP) labeling, applied globally and state by when it intends to roll them out.
• BRF’s efforts to address undernutrition could be strengthened by developing and providing fortified foods that address specific needs for undernourished people in priority developing countries. It could also support other initiatives designed to prevent and address undernutrition in priority markets.

Improving nutrition for all

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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Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

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