ATNI is an independent non-profit organization based in the Netherlands dedicated to objectively assessing and improving the contribution the private sector makes to addressing global nutrition challenges. ATNI publishes the Access to Nutrition Index, which aims to encourage companies to both increase access to healthy products and also to responsibly exercise their influence on consumers’ choice and behaviour. The Index assesses and ranks the world's largest food manufacturing companies on their nutrition-related commitments, practices and performance globally.
We are pulling together the key initiatives, frameworks and debates around the private sector's impact on nutrition - for better and worse - and looking at how the other priority areas are defined.
The global challenge of malnutrition may seem far away from the technical issues of how to measure the impact of business on nutrition. But it is business – small and large, farmer and enterprise, shop and retailer – which grows and gets to market everything we eat. Unless we can improve the quality of diets – making them more nutritious, affordable and safe – the troubling acceleration of overweight and obesity, and stubbornly high vitamin and mineral deficiencies, hunger and stunting will remain.
Today 1 in 3 people are malnourished. Being able to track and measure the impact of business on food and diets is thus central. Business is both part of the problem and the solution to the current food systems challenges. It is critical that we all learn more about this dual impact and that we are able to track how it evolves. By increasing the effectiveness of tracking we will be better positioned to ask and assist businesses to be agents for positive change.
To do that, we need to strike a balance: between overcomplication which deters clear reporting, and too loose, failing to responsibly reflect performance.