Global Index

India Spotlight Index

US Spotlight Index

US Spotlight Methodology

Similar to the India Index, the first US Index comprises analysis of companies’ nutrition policies, practices and disclosure (Corporate Profile) and analysis of the nutritional quality of companies’ product portfolios in the US market (Product Profile). The Index will also cover the marketing of baby food in the US.

Corporate Profile

As for the Global Index, the basic structure of the US Index Corporate Profile methodology has not been modified. The Corporate Profile methodology is organized into Sections, Categories, Criteria and Indicators:

Sections: Three sections covering companies: i) nutrition governance and management, ii) approach to formulating and delivering appropriate, affordable, accessible products, and iii) influencing consumer choice and behaviour.

Categories: Seven broad categories (A-G) relevant to companies’ nutrition-related practices.

Criteria: More detailed criteria within each of the Categories.

Indicators: Performance indicators within each Criterion on which companies are scored. There are three types of indicator: those related to companies’ commitments, performance and disclosure.

 The Indicators assess companies’ practices in the US related to promoting good nutrition for all consumers, to help prevent and tackle obesity and diet-related chronic diseases.

Differences compared to the Global 2018 Index Corporate Profile methodology

The Corporate Profile methodology has been adapted to reflect US laws, regulations, standards and guidance. Only commitments and performance data relating to the US are assessed.

Key differences compared to the Global Index Corporate Profile methodology are:

Unlike the Global Index, the US Index Corporate Profile does not include a section to address undernutrition which is designed to focus on issues associated with developing countries. Instead, indicators assessing companies’ activities related to food insecurity in the US are integrated in all relevant sections of the assessment. Rather than assessing what companies do in respect of ‘low-income populations’ as in the Global Index, in the US ‘priority populations’ are defined and referred to.

Access to Nutrition Indexes do not assess companies' compliance with the law. Thus, given the strong regulation of nutrition labelling and use of claims in the US, Category F which assesses these topics focuses only on whether companies commit to front-of-pack labelling in the US and F2 has been removed. Because this Category retains very few indicators, the weight of its contribution to the overall score has been reduced to 5% (compared to 15% in the Global Index). The remaining 10% has been divided between Categories B, C, D and E.

In addition, several US-specific nutrition topics have been incorporated in the Corporate Profile methodology. These include:

  • What companies do to address food insecurity among priority populations in the US
  • Whether companies follow US dietary guidelines in setting formulating or reformulating their products and whether they commit to addressing the ‘copy-cat’ issue.
  • Whether companies commit to donating healthy foods to public health and nutrition programs.
  • Responsible marketing policies and performance with reference to priority groups and that go beyond the CFBAI pledge.
  • Companies’ expenditure on marketing healthy products.
  • How the public health and nutrition programs the company supports are designed and evaluated.

The full US Corporate Profile Methodology can be found here. For the Product Profile Methodology you can check the India Index Product Profile. The full US Product Profile will be published in June 2018.

Table 1   US Index Corporate Profile Methodology Overview

 

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