This category assesses companies' engagement with governmental and non-governmental stakeholders on corporate nutrition practices and nutrition-related issues. It comprises two criteria:
G1 Lobbying and influencing governments and policymakers
G2 Stakeholder engagement
Only Nestlé and PepsiCo make a commitment to engage with policymakers in support of policy measures designed to improve public health. However, ATNF’s analysis of reported federal lobbying activities and expenditure, based on Lobbying Disclosure Act-related reporting through the Senate Office of Public Records, revealed that it is difficult to judge what these commitments mean when comparing them with other companies. All companies should commit either not to weigh in on nutrition policy issues or to support only those measures designed to prevent or address obesity and diet-related chronic diseases. In terms of government assistance programs that have nutrition standards, companies should commit to not undertake efforts to weaken or abolish the standards.
Companies’ disclosure beyond that legally required on lobbying or engaging with policymakers is limited. All companies should increase their transparency around the positions they adopt when seeking to influence nutrition and public health policies, linking that information directly to their reports filed on the Senate Office of Public Records database and providing the same information on their own corporate website.
Seven companies commit to engage with stakeholders in the United States to inform their nutrition policies and programs. Similar to the findings in other categories, the disclosure about stakeholder engagement globally is more extensive than that related to stakeholder engagement in the United States for many companies. Companies should expand their reporting to show how the stakeholder engagement has resulted in changes to their policies and programs in the United States.
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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