This category assesses the extent to which companies encourage their staff to adopt healthy and active lifestyles. It consists of three criteria:
E1 Supporting employee health and wellness
E2 Supporting breastfeeding mothers in the workplace
E3 Supporting consumer-oriented healthy diet and active lifestyle programs
Only three companies make their employee health and wellness program available to all employees and family members. All companies should consider adopting this leading practice.
Most companies provided evidence of running or supporting nutrition, diet and activity initiatives with their employee health and wellness programs, as well as health and nutrition programs for the public, in Criteria E1 and E3, respectively. However, for both types of programs, companies do not define the specific expected outcomes and do not commission independent evaluations to determine whether these programs have delivered the health impacts they were designed to deliver.
Similar to the findings in other sections of this report, companies’ transparency is poor in relation to how they support better nutrition, diets and more active lifestyles through their wider employee health and wellness programs, their support for breastfeeding mothers and the public health and nutrition programs they fund or otherwise support. All companies should increase their public disclosure regarding these activities and publish the principles that underpin the design and implementation of their programs. They should also publish the results of any independent evaluations conducted to assess the programs’ efficacy or impact.
Only two companies, Nestlé and Unilever, provide more than three months of paid maternity leave. The United States does not have regulations in place which mandate any length of paid leave at this time. In the absence of national regulation, all companies should commit to meeting the International Labor Organization (ILO) recommendation and provide a minimum of 14 weeks of paid leave and ideally extend it to six months or more.
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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