Global Index

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Global Index 2018

Suntory Beverage & Food Ltd.

Rank
19
Score
0.1
N/A (2015)

Nutrition

20
0.1

Undernutrition

14
0.0

Product Profile

15
3.6

Nutrition General

A Governance (12.5%)
0.5
B Products (25%)
0.0
C Accessibility (20%)
0.0
D Marketing (20%)
0.0
E Lifestyles (2.5%)
0.8
F Labeling (15%)
0.0
G Engagement (5%)
0.0

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
Japan
# of employees
17,758
Market capitalization
12,862 m
Reported product categories
Water, Coffee, Ready-to-drink Tea, Carbonates, Functional drinks
Total revenues*
12,804 m
Reported revenue by geography**
Asia Pacific 78%, Europe 16%, North America 6%
* Source: Morningstar, USD historic exchange rate ** Source: Morningstar

Main areas of strength

• Suntory is new to the Access to Nutrition Index, scores 0.1 in 2018 and ranks nineteenth.* The company publishes annual reports and CSR reports which mention some aspects of health in risk assessment and obesity. It does so in a non-conventional approach, through 'bio-active components' rather than decreasing ‘negative nutrients’ (salt/sodium, trans-fat, saturated fat, added sugars/calories) or increasing ‘positive nutrients’ (fruits/vegetables/nuts/legumes, whole grains), which is not assessed as relevant and therefore it scores low on the ATNI methodology.

Priority areas for improvement

• The company mentions in some minor statements that it focuses on health and lifestyle, but it does not publish a clear nutrition strategy, and therefore is not credited as such.
• Suntory ranks fifteenth on the Product Profile assessment with a score of 3.6 out of ten, based on an assessment of its major product categories in one country. Suntory was estimated to derive (only) 9% of its total sales from healthy products, i.e. achieving a rating of 3.5 stars or more on the Health Star Rating system. Suntory has significant scope to improve the healthiness of its portfolio through product reformulation, innovation and/or portfolio changes.
• The company has relevant employee health and well-being programs. It is stated as a program for the Suntory Group, of which Suntory Food and Beverage Ltd is mentioned as the main sub-entity, and therefore considered relevant to score. The plan addresses relevant activities and even targets, but focuses mostly on physical and mental health, with more focus on lifestyle and obesity than on nutrition and diet-related aspects. The company is encouraged to focus more on diet/nutrition.
• In general, Suntory’s limited disclosure means that no clear strengths were identified in the Corporate Profile research. Better disclosure by the company about its approach to tackling the global double burden of malnutrition, in terms of nutrition governance, product formulation, affordability and accessibility, responsible marketing practices, lifestyles, labeling and nutrition engagement, would allow for a more complete assessment and identification of specific areas for improvement. Additionally, engagement with the Access to Nutrition Foundation (ATNF) would allow a complete assessment of Suntory’s products’ policies and practices. Suntory is encouraged to engage with ATNF for the next Global Index.

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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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Funders

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

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