The Global Access to Nutrition Index (ATNI) is a groundbreaking initiative that evaluates the world’s largest food and beverage manufacturers’ policies and performance related to the world’s most pressing nutrition challenges: obesity and undernutrition. Other than the Global Index, single country Spotlight Indexes like the India Index, and specific monitoring tools for SME’s and improved Nutrition Profiling Systems are also in development.
Globally one in three people is either undernourished, overweight or obese. Over the last 35 years, obesity has more than doubled and has now reached epidemic proportions. Over the next 10 years, undernutrition is also set to continue to increase in some countries.
The Indexes are designed and published by the Access to Nutrition Foundation (ATNF), a not-for-profit organization based in The Netherlands. ATNF provides companies with a tool to benchmark performance on nutrition against others in their sector and provides stakeholders with impartial objective, consistent, in-depth information on companies’ contributions to improving nutrition. The aim of ATNF is to encourage companies both to increase the number of healthier products and access to them, and also to responsibly exercise their influence on consumers’ choice and behavior.