About us

ATNI aims to transform markets to ensure half of food campanies’ sales are derived from sustainable and affordable ‘healthy’ products by 2030, and are part of healthy diets. We aim to see a world where markets provide access to nutritious and affordable diets for all. This will result in optimal physical and mental development and healthier, more resilient societies. We improve market performance by driving key actors in the food system – starting with industry — to accelerate access to affordable nutritious foods for all, especially vulnerable consumers, in a sustainable way. We develop and deliver data-driven tools (e.g. indexes) and strategies that influence, guide and measure accountability.

  • ATNI is hosted by the Access to Nutrition Foundation, an independent not-for-profit organization based in the Netherlands that works internationally.
  • ATNI focuses on developing tools and initiatives that track and drive the contribution made by the food and beverage sector to addressing the world’s global nutrition challenges.
  • ATNI actively seeks partnerships with other organizations taking a multi-stakeholder, holistic approach to everything it does.
  • Funding comes from foundations, governments and fees. ATNI does not take any funding from — nor undertake projects commissioned by — food and beverage companies or industry associations.

The Global Access to Nutrition Index is ATNI’s flagship product. Published every two to three years they provide companies, their investors and other stakeholders with a rating of the world’s largest food and beverage manufacturers in contributing to addressing obesity, diet-related chronic diseases and undernutrition. By comparing scores from one Index to the next, the companies themselves, and their stakeholders, can see whether and how they have improved over time. In addition to the Global Indexes, ATNI designs and publishes stand-alone Indexes for individual countries, called Spotlight Indexes.

The Access to Nutrition Index was designed through an extensive, multi-stakeholder consultative process. This was done to ensure that the Index would be a useful tool for different stakeholder groups (including the World Health Organisation, academia, civil society organizations, industry and investors) and that it would reflect the latest thinking and practices related to the private sector’s role in nutrition. In addition, the ATNI team reviewed a range of other indexes, rankings, and rating systems, such as the Access to Medicine Index, to understand best practices and build on lessons learned. ATNI’s design benefited greatly from the experience of these other initiatives.

After an initial incubation period by the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), the Indexes are now owned and managed by ATNI.

New tools and research

ATNI is increasingly establishing partnerships with other organizations committed to solving the world’s nutrition challenges by working with food and beverage companies to improve their business practices. ATNI collaborates with investors, academics, not-for-profits and foundations to develop and deliver such projects. Visit the project section for more information on these innovative and collaborative partnerships.

Supporting aligned nutrition initiatives 

Each year, ATNI provides input to the Global Nutrition Report’s coverage of the contribution of the private sector in tackling global nutrition challenges. ATNI’s methodology has been used by the INFORMAS network as the basis of its Business Impact Assessment methodology. Additionally, ATNI is an ally of the World Benchmarking Alliance, which plans to develop transformative benchmarks to compare companies’ performance on the SDGs and accelerate their action to achieve the goals.

Our impact 

“In a few short years, ATNI has established itself as the definitive, go-to source for analysis and insight on the world’s leading manufacturers of breast-milk substitutes.”
– Lucy Sullivan, Former Executive Director, 1,000 Days

“There is a global nutrition crisis today in which far too many children are not getting the nutrition they need. The Access to Nutrition Initiative is a valuable player, encouraging action through much-needed transparency, accountability, and collaboration.”
Andres Franco, Deputy Director, Private Sector Engagement, UNICEF

“Businesses are often considered to be part of the nutrition problem – however, we should not underestimate the role the private sector can and must play in ending malnutrition. Through its accountability tools ATNI plays an important role in holding the food and beverage industry to account and encouraging action”
Gerda Verburg, UN Assistant Secretary General and Coordinator of the Scaling up Nutrition (SUN) Movement

An international board of independent, unpaid members ensures that ATNI is well governed, according to international best-practice, and meets the requirements of its funders. None of the members are employed by any food or beverage sector company, to preserve its independence and credibility.

Chair of ATNI Board: Paulus Verschuren
Founder WorldFed NL; Former Special Envoy Food and Nutrition Security Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Netherlands; Former Senior Director Unilever Global Health Partnerships; Former Executive Director International Life Sciences Institute – ILSI Europe

Greg S Garrett
Executive Director, Access to Nutrition Initiative

Paula Luff
Director, Sustainability and Impact Inherent Group

Kathy Spahn
President and Chief Executive Officer, Helen Keller International; Board Member, InterAction, and International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB)

Frank Wagemans
Senior Engagement Specialist, Achmea Investment Management; PhD Candidate, Wageningen University; Former Program Manager, Dutch Association of Investors for Sustainable Development (VBDO).

Susanne Stormer
Partner, PwC Denmark; Adjunct Professor, Corporate Sustainability, Copenhagen Business School; Visiting Professor, UC Berkeley; member of the board of the International Corporate Governance Network (ICGN), member of the board of Shift, the leading center of expertise on the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, member of the EFRAG Project Task Force for European Sustainability Reporting Standards and member of the SASB Standards Board.

Marc van Ameringen
Director, Geneva Development Partners; Former Executive Director, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN)

Dr. Rajan Sankar
Director of Nutrition, TATA Trusts

An independent, international Expert Group guides the development of the Index methodology. A separate sub-group advises on the approach to assessing the BMS marketing and for each Spotlight Index an review panel is established with extensive knowledge of the particular nutrition challenges and context in that country.

Chair of ATNI Expert Group: Shiriki Kumanyika
Professor Emerita of Epidemiology, University of Pennsylvania; Research Professor in Community Health & Prevention, Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health

Boyd Swinburn
Professor, Population Nutrition and Global Health at the University of Auckland and Alfred Deakin; Professor and Director of the World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Obesity Prevention at Deakin University in Melbourne

Linda Meyers
Senior Director (retired), Food and Nutrition Board, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

Mike Rayner
Director, British Heart Foundation Health Promotion Research Group, University of Oxford

Terry T-K Huang
Professor, School of Public Health, City University of New York

An independent, international Expert Group guides the work on Breast-Milk Substitutes and Complementary Foods (BMS and CF).

Shiriki Kumanyika
Professor Emerita of Epidemiology, University of Pennsylvania; Research Professor in Community Health & Prevention, Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health

Linda Meyers
Senior Director (retired), Food and Nutrition Board, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

Shelly Sundberg
Senior Program Officer, Nutrition and Agriculture, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Elizabeth Zehner
Project director for ARCH child feeding project, Helen Keller Intl

Laurence Grummer-Strawn (Observer)
Technical Officer, World Health Organisation

The Access to Nutrition Initiative is proudly funded by:

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives. In developing countries, it focuses on improving people’s health and giving them the chance to lift themselves out of hunger and extreme poverty. In the United States, it seeks to ensure that all people, especially those with the fewest resources, have access to the opportunities they need to succeed in school and life. Based in Seattle, Washington, the foundation is led by CEO Jeff Raikes and Co-chair William H. Gates Sr., under the direction of Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett.

World Health Organization (WHO)
WHO is the United Nations agency that connects nations, partners and people to promote health, keep the world safe and serve the vulnerable – so everyone, everywhere can attain the highest level of health. From emerging epidemics to the persistent threat of communicable diseases and chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer, WHO works across the globe to confront the biggest health challenges of our time and measurably advance the well-being of the world’s people.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)
RWJF is the largest philanthropy dedicated solely to health in the United States and funds the U.S. Spotlight Index launched in 2018, with a second iteration in the pipeline. For more than 40 years the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has worked to improve health and health care. We are working with others to build a national Culture of Health enabling everyone in America to live longer, healthier lives.

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO)
FCDO, formerly The Department for International Development (DFID), is the United Kingdom government department responsible for administering overseas aid. FCDO tackles issues such as poverty and disease, mass migration, insecurity and conflict. Its aim is to build a safer, healthier, more prosperous world for people in developing countries and in the UK too.

Irish Aid
Irish Aid is the Irish Government’s programme for overseas development. The programme is managed by the Development Co-operation Division of the Department of Foreign Affairs. The work it does in fighting global poverty and hunger is integral to Ireland’s foreign policy.

Guy’s and St Thomas’ Foundation
For over 500 years, GSTF has been a constant in London’s ever-changing landscape, at the leading edge of health. Its commitment and work are backed by our endowment, which allows them to take a long-term view while addressing the real and urgent health issues of today. Its focus is on backing people and ideas to drive more equitable health. They invest, partner, engage and influence to come at big health challenges from all angles. Previously known as Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity, its is a registered charity nd a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales.

The Pictet Group Foundation
The Pictet Group Foundation strives to improve the lives and well-being of the most vulnerable, fostering a more resilient and sustainable future for all. It supports projects that help mitigate pressing challenges for the environment and youth. The Pictet Group Foundation supports projects and impact driven solutions that build resilient communities and ecosystems in the field of Water and Nutrition, in line with the Group’s responsible vision. By partnering with entrepreneurial social and environmental changemakers, the Foundation seeks to have maximum impact at grassroots, community and policy level.

We are actively seeking other funders to support us in expanding our work and our impact. Contact Weronika Patyk (weronika.patyk@accesstonutrition.org) for more information or to request a prospectus.

The key pillars of the Access to Nutrition Initiative's approach to governance are listed below:

Independence from industry
The Access to Nutrition Initiative is based in Utrecht, The Netherlands and is hosted by the Access to Nutrition Foundation, which is a registered charity in The Netherlands (known as ANBI-status). The acronym ATNF is used in all formal documents for this reason.

Conflict of Interest 
ATNF and all of its associated activities are managed, controlled and communicated in full independence from food and beverage manufacturers and their associations. ATNF does not accept financial contributions from these sources, provide direct consultancy services to them or have any financial relationship with them otherwise. ATNF is generously supported by foundations that provide no input on day-to-day operations. Rather, their input is taken into account through representation on an Advisory Panel. We are sincerely grateful to all the donors who make the work of ATNF possible. For more information ATNF’s Conflict of Interest policy is available here.

Anti-bribery policy
ATNF staff members, and all those acting for or on the ATNF’s behalf, are strictly prohibited from offering, paying, soliciting or accepting bribes or kick-backs, including facilitation payments. The ATNF Anti-bribery policy can be downloaded here.

Whisteblower policy
The ATNF Whistleblower policy (available here) is to encourage employees, board members, consultants and other stakeholders to raise any serious concerns they may have about the way in which the ATNF is run or about the conduct of those involved running it.

Code of Conduct and Ethics policy
The ATNF Code of Conduct and Ethics policy sets out the fundamental principles and standards that ATNF strives to maintain, and as a guide to the actions and decisions of all those working with and for the ATNF. The Code of Conduct & Ethics Policy applies to all ATNF’s Staff, board members, consultants and other stakeholders who have a contractual relationship with ATNF. It can be downloaded here.

Strategic plan
For an overview of ATNF´s core objectives, policies, activities and future plans, download the 2019 activity report.

Remuneration policy
The Foundation pays its staff a market-based salary and benefit package. The salary and employment conditions of the Executive Director, who is a member of the Board ex officio, are determined by the Board. Besides the Executive Director of the Foundation, no members of the Board, IAP and Expert Group receive remuneration for the fulfillment of their responsibilities to the Foundation.

Chamber of Commerce subscription
The Stichting Access to Nutrition Foundation is registered in the Dutch Chamber of Commerce under registration number 58279199. ATNF has its registered seat in Arthur van Schendelstraat 650, 3511 MJ, Utrecht.

Articles of Association
For an overview of the ATNF’s Articles of Association, download the Deed of Incorporation.

Annual report and financial statements
Download the 2020 Annual Report here.

As providers of finance for the private sector, and with the power to appoint and dismiss members of the Board, institutional investors can play a significant role in shaping food and beverage companies’ nutrition governance, strategy and disclosure. ATNI considers investors to be key stakeholders. Institutional investors can support ATNI by becoming signatories to the Investor Expectations on Nutrition, Diets and Health.

Signatories gain access to the investor portal, a hub of investment and nutrition information. They also have the option of participating in collaborative investor engagement with companies in ATNI’s indexes. ATNI actively facilitates this engagement, designed to persuade companies to improve their performance on nutrition and demonstrate their positive impact on consumers’ health by improving their products and business practices.

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ATNI is currently hiring a Senior Researcher.

Senior Researcher

ATNI is hiring a Senior Researcher to play a role in driving forward Action Research at ATNI, including analyzing nutrient profile models and translating data into analysis that can be actioned by investors, policymakers and food companies.

For more details and information on how to apply, click below:

Senior Researcher Job Description

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