Nestlé had the highest score among the group of six companies assessed, achieving 55% compliance with the ATNI methodology. While the language of its policy aligns very closely to The Code, as indicated by its initial Corporate Profile score of 92% (further explained below), the policy does not apply to growing-up milks, nor does it apply globally, only in higher-risk countries. Nestlé is, however, the only company to state that in these countries, “Operating companies must follow the national code/ measures in addition to the WHO Code and Nestlé Instructions, whichever is stricter.” In other words, it goes beyond compliance with local regulations: this is a commendable position to take. Nestlé was also the only company to explicitly state support for The Code and subsequent WHA resolutions, and all of the infant feeding practices recommended by WHO as shown in Table 10. (However, as noted in Box 25, Nestlé does not incorporate the specific wording required by WHA 58.32 into its policy and related procedures).
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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