The validity of ATNF’s analysis and related scoring depend on the accurate and consistent assessment of the material submitted or published by the companies about their commitments, performance and disclosure. ATNF has a robust quality assurance process to ensure that the appropriate answer option is selected for each indicator by the analysts and consistency across companies, in addition to measures to ensure that the information the assessments are based on is complete and correct.
Analysts within ATNF’s research team undertake the assessments. The complete assessment of one company, including all Indicators within all Criteria and Categories, are undertaken by a single analyst, to ensure optimal knowledge and understanding of the company’s context and way of reporting. The internal consistency of company-reported information and data was verified by cross-checking information across related indicators.
At two timepoints in the research process, full consistency checks by means of internal peer-review were performed, covering all companies and all indicators to ensure fair and consistent scoring. A single research analyst reviewed the assessment of all indicators within one Category, across all companies to ensure that a consistent approach was applied. All seven categories were reviewed in this way and assessments were revised as needed. Final cross-checking was then done by the ATNF research manager and companies were asked to check their own scorecards and best practice examples for factual accuracy.
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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