|A Governance (12.5%)||
|B Products (25%)||
|C Accessibility (20%)||
|D Marketing (20%)||
|E Lifestyles (2.5%)||
|F Labeling (15%)||
|G Engagement (5%)||
• Meiji is a new entrant to the 2018 Global Access to Nutrition Index. As a result, no comparisons can be made to the 2016 Index. ATNF welcomes Meiji’s engagement in the research process.
• Meiji’s 2026 vision is “to widen the world of ‘Tastiness and Enjoyment’ and meet all expectations regarding ‘Health and Reassurance’”. It states its intention to grow through a focus on health, and on healthy foods.
• Accountability for delivering this strategy is allocated to the highest level, to the CEO of the Food Segment who is a member of the Board of Meiji Holdings. Day-to-day responsibility for implementing its nutrition strategy is allocated to various executive managers, all of whom are one level below the Board.
• Meiji makes a commitment to support healthy diets and exercise among its employees. In Japan, it offers a range of healthy diet, healthy body and healthy behavior programs. It has a participation target and tracks health outcomes annually, in terms of weight loss and lower waist measurements, for example. It also does evaluations of some of its programs and sites.
• As Meiji scored only 0.8 and ranks seventeenth* it has substantial scope to improve its policies, practices and disclosure relating to nutrition.
• Meiji appears to focus on Japan, its home market. Given its growing presence in several other countries, it would be preferable to take a consistent, business-wide approach to nutrition, and to align its commitments to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and other international nutrition goals.
• Having articulated some high-level nutrition-related commitments, the next step for Meiji would be to develop and publish clear global objectives, plans and targets to spell out how it intends to deliver on its commitments.
• Meiji ranks seventeenth in the Product Profile assessment with a score of 3.2 out of 10, based on an assessment of its major product categories in three countries. Meiji’s home market, Japan, and its dominant product category, dairy, were not included. Therefore, the results are not likely to be representative of its global product portfolio. In the countries assessed, Meiji was estimated to derive only 1% of its total sales from healthy products. This illustrates that Meiji has significant scope to improve the healthiness of its portfolio in these countries through reformulation, innovation and/or portfolio changes.
• Meiji is encouraged to set and disclose clear targets to improve the nutritional quality of its portfolio and adopt a well-verified, independently developed nutrient profiling system to guide its efforts.
• The company should adopt, publish and implement policies to ensure the affordability and accessibility of its healthy products for low-income consumers.
• As no evidence was found of any responsible marketing policies, Meiji is strongly encouraged to commit to adopt comprehensive policies on responsible marketing to all consumers and children in particular, and to publish these.
• ATNF recommends that the company publish a comprehensive globally applicable nutrition labeling policy, and health and nutrition claims policy, making commitments beyond local regulatory compliance.
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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