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Global Index 2018


Key Findings

  • The world’s six largest baby food companies continue to market BMS using marketing practices that fall considerably below the standards of The Code.
  • Three companies have made significant improvements in aligning their BMS marketing policies and management systems with The Code.
  • Danone improved both its BMS marketing policy and management systems following the publication of the 2016 Index, and now ranks first in the 2018 BMS Marketing sub-ranking, overtaking Nestlé which slipped to second place.
  • Since being acquired by RB, MJN shared documents with ATNF for this Index (which it did not do previously), resulting in a better score.
  • In Thailand and Nigeria, many marketing practices were found to not comply with the recommendations of The Code and/or local regulations.

Key Recommendations

  • BMS manufacturers must extend their BMS marketing policies to apply globally and to growing-up milks.
  • All companies need to do more to ensure their management systems deliver consistent compliance with their stated commitments – which first need to be brought into full alignment with The Code.
  • While Nestlé discloses nearly all materials expected by ATNF, and Danone has significantly improved its disclosure since the 2016 Index. The remaining four companies could significantly improve their disclosure practices and transparency.
  • Governments everywhere are encouraged to accelerate their efforts to adopt regulations that embody all recommendations of The Code and WHA resolutions, that apply to all BMS.

Improving nutrition for all

The Access to Nutrition Index rates food and beverage manufacturers´ nutrition-related policies, practices and disclosures worldwide on a recurring basis.


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