Raising the Nutritional Bar for the Private Sector: The Access to Nutrition Index (ATNI)
ATNI (Access to Nutrition Index) is a new global initiative that evaluates food and beverage manufacturers on their policies, practices, and performance related to obesity and undernutrition. By providing companies with a tool for benchmarking their nutrition practices and serving as an impartial source of information for interested stakeholders, ATNI aims to encourage companies to increase consumer access to nutritious products and responsibly exercise their influence on consumer choice and behavior.
ATNI was developed over a three year period through an extensive, multi-stakeholder process that included input from companies, governments, international organizations, civil society, academia, and investors at every phase of the process. It was also guided by advice from an independent, multi-stakeholder advisory panel and a group of international experts on nutrition. Funding was provided by the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Wellcome Trust.
ATNI was formally launched in March, 2013, and is now established as a fully independent not-for-profit foundation in the Netherlands. The next ATNI is planned to be published in 2015. In addition to a Global Index, ATNI is also working on Spotlight Indexes for assessing companies in specific markets suffering from a high double burden of malnutrition. The presentation will highlight the key findings of the Global Index 2013 and future plans of ATNI.
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