While many changes in methodological detail have been introduced into the 2016 Global Index, the basic structure has not been modified. Most of the indicators assess corporate practices related to promoting good nutrition for all, and preventing and tackling obesity and other diet-related chronic diseases. Other indicators assess additional actions companies take to prevent and address undernutrition. Similar to the 2013 Global Index, the methodology for this Index is organized into Sections, Categories, Criteria and Indicators:
Similar to 2013 the Corporate Profile methodology is based on existing international standards, guidelines and frameworks, such as those developed by the WHO, Codex Alimentarius (Codex) and other leading nutrition-focused organizations
New indicators and questions: The total number of scored indicators increased from 173 in 2013 to 198 in this Index. Many of these are revised versions of the 2013 indicators. A quarter of the scored indicators are completely new (49 questions overall: 33 on nutrition and 16 on undernutrition). In addition, some unscored indicators were included to gather valuable information to create a baseline from which to track future developments, or to provide more depth to the analysis. Categories C, E and F, have changed the most.
To reflect the importance of undernutrition issues, the undernutrition indicators are collectively given a fixed weight of 25% of the overall Index score. In 2013 this was not fixed but accounted for approximately 20% of the total weight – as a result of the share of undernutrition indicators’ in the total amount of indicators. Due to the importance of breastfeeding for the health of infants and young children, one new criterion in Category E (Lifestyles) was introduced to measure corporate support for breastfeeding mothers at work.
Table below provides an overview of the Categories and Criteria of the ATNI 2016 methodology. The 2016 Global Index methodology is available here.
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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