U.S. Spotlight Index

Global Index

India Spotlight Index

India Spotlight Index

Corporate Profile

The same approach to scoring and ranking has been used as in the Global Index. To generate each company’s overall score and ranking, the following process was used:

Indicator scoring

  • The methodology was adapted for each company as necessary. Indicators that were not applicable to a company’s product portfolio (such as commercial undernutrition or fortification indicators when a company does not make products that are suitable for fortification) were not included its overall score.
  • Each company is scored against all relevant indicators in the methodology. The top performance level on an indicator is ten points, with lower scores awarded on a sliding scale for lower levels of performance.
  • For some indicators, a ‘healthy multiplier’ was applied. The healthy multiplier gives a higher weight to companies that adopt a good definition of ‘healthy’ products and are marked by a strong nutrient profiling system.

Unlike the Global Index, because the India Spotlight Index only assesses one market, it does not have a geographic multiplier that assesses whether companies apply their policies in all the markets that they are active in.

Criteria scoring

  •  A company’s scores on all the Indicators within a Criterion (e.g. Criterion B1) are then added together and weighted according to whether the indicators assess Commitment (25%), Performance (50%), or Disclosure (25%). Similar to the Global Index, Performance is given double the weight of Commitment and Disclosure to reinforce the importance of turning commitments into practice. Together the three components generate the company’s score for each Criterion.
  • Each Criterion receives an equal weight within its Category. A company’s score for a Category is the average score of the Criteria within that Category.

Nutrition general and undernutrition scores

This report also presents separate rankings on nutrition and undernutrition. The sub-ranking entitled nutrition general reflects the companies’ efforts to deliver healthy food choices to all consumers and to responsibly influence consumer behavior. The sub-ranking for undernutrition reflects the additional actions that companies can take to address undernutrition, including the fortification of products with micronutrients otherwise deficient in the diet.

The nutrition general and undernutrition scores and rankings are calculated using the same approach as described above for companies’ overall scores, using only the indicators applicable to each ranking. It is not possible to take a simple average of the nutrition general and undernutrition scores to arrive at the overall score, as various levels of weights are applied to each of these rankings.

The separate nutrition general and undernutrition scores are calculated by applying the 75% nutrition weight and 25% undernutrition weight.

Category weights

Finally, a company’s overall general survey score is generated by calculating a weighted average of the Category scores.

Overall, Category A, which assesses a company’s nutrition governance and management has a weight of 12.5%. The Categories that assess a company’s practices related to producing and delivering products (Categories B and C) account for 45% of a company’s score, while the portion of the methodology that reviews their practices related to influencing consumer choice and behavior (Categories D through G) account for 42.5% of a company’s score.

BMS assessment score

The maximum adjustment of the India Spotlight Index score for the BMS in-country assessment is -0.75. The adjustment is a normalized score that takes into account how many incidences of non-compliance were found for each company relative to the number of products it markets in India. In the Global Index, the maximum deduction possible was -1.5 (-0.75 for the Corporate Profile and -0.75 for the in-country assessments). However, in India, only an in-country assessment was undertaken. In the future, this may be extended to include a Corporate Profile assessment tailored to the Indian market.

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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