During the process leading up to the publication of the U.S. Index 2018, ATNF has interacted and sought contact with all of the companies, including company consultations during the development of the methodology, gathering data for the Corporate Profile and Product Profile assessments and in the final reporting phase before publication. This approach with companies, as one group of stakeholders among various other groups of key stakeholders, is part of the multi-stakeholder approach that ATNF applies to all Indexes it publishes.
In the stakeholder consultation process to define the U.S. Index methodology, food and beverage companies were informed of the plans and offered the opportunity to provide input on the methodology in May 2017. After finalization of the methodology and selection of the food and beverage companies to be included in the U.S. Index, all companies were formally invited to engage in the research process.
As part of this engagement, all companies were offered the opportunity to enter into a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) with ATNF, which enabled them to provide information and evidence to ATNF that was not publicly available.
Companies received information on the engagement process and the U.S. Index methodology in August 2017. Between June and November 2017, all information for the assessments was gathered through an online data-gathering platform for the Corporate Profile and BMS marketing assessments. Through several rounds of interaction, companies could provide input assessments made by ATNF.
For the Product Profile, listings of products identified in the major product categories, combined with nutrient content information, were shared with all companies. Companies were offered the opportunity to correct and complete these product listings, which formed the basis of the Product Profile analysis.
After drafting the company scorecards and the report sections highlighting company examples and best practices, final fact & NDA checks were carried out. Throughout the process, although companies were provided with opportunities to provide information and evidence, all assessments, scoring and ranking were undertaken by ATNF independently, using a research process to ensure fair and consistent interpretation and scoring across companies.
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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