Aligning business reporting in nutrition: 2020 survey results

Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN)
Resource type:
Reports and discussion papers

In 2019, GAIN published a report on some of the challenges and opportunities in the current accountability landscape. In November 2018 and February 2020, the Consumer Goods Forum (CGF), GAIN and SUN Business Network (SBN) brought together representatives from the business sector and from several accountability mechanisms to discuss potential ways to improve alignment of business reporting in nutrition. Building on the outcomes of these discussions and findings of the report, in May 2020, GAIN/SBN launched a survey to identify consensus around the use of existing reporting tools to assess business impact in seven key categories: (re)formulation, marketing to children, labelling, employee health and wellbeing, food safety, food loss and waste and food affordability. The objective is to support accountability mechanisms and businesses in using a limited set of reporting tools in order to improve the understanding of business impact on nutrition, to ease the comparison of nutrition impact across companies and to lower the reporting burden.

This report summarises the results of the survey which were provided by a large majority of respondents from the private sector (individual companies and business associations). GAIN/SBN pre-selected existing reporting tools to assess business impact on product (re)formulation, based on the discussions that GAIN/SBN conducted bilaterally and multilaterally with businesses, business associations, accountability mechanisms, etc. and based on a literature review. 

Following the publication of this report, GAIN/SBN will review the interest of private and public sector representatives in using the reporting tools emerging from the survey for a more aligned reporting of business in nutrition. GAIN/SBN will also work on the conditions that aligned reporting lead to better accountability for business in nutrition.

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This resource presents evidence or data but has not been peer reviewed