ATNI draws on the power of the private sector to address the global nutrition crisis. Every action we take is intended to encourage businesses to do more to achieve good health through improved diets and nutrition. Our engagement with companies and other stakeholders, our research and our partnerships are all focused on driving positive change.
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.
“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
Executive Director, Access to Nutrition Initiative
Director, Sustainability and Impact Inherent Group
President and Chief Executive Officer, Helen Keller International; Board Member, InterAction, and International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB)
Vice President, Chief Sustainability Officer, Novo Nordisk, Denmark; Adjunct Professor, Corporate Sustainability, Copenhagen Business School; Member, International Integrated Reporting Council
Marc van Ameringen
Director, Geneva Development Partners; Former Executive Director, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN)
Dr. Rajan Sankar
Director of Nutrition, TATA Trusts
Managing Director, Boston Common Asset Management
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
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
Senior Director (retired), Food and Nutrition Board, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
Lindsay H. Allen
Director, USDA ARS Western Human Nutrition Research Center; Research Professor, Department of Nutrition, UC Davis
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
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.
The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs (DGIS)
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is the channel through which the Dutch Government communicates with foreign governments and international organisations. It coordinates and carries out Dutch foreign policy. Based on the policy programme of the first Rutte Government, the government sees its mission as being to promote the security and well-being of the Netherlands and the Dutch people, and to that end it will focus on international stability and security, energy and raw material security, the international legal order (including human rights) and the commercial and economic interests of the Netherlands and Dutch businesses.
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.
The Department for International Development (DFID)
The Department for International Development (DFID) is the United Kingdom government department responsible for administering overseas aid. DFID 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.
We are actively seeking other funders to support us in expanding our work and our impact. Contact Fiona Kirk (email@example.com) 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.
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.
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.
For an overview of ATNF´s core objectives, policies, activities and future plans, download the 2019 activity report.
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.
Download the 2019 Annual Accounts Report here.
ATNI aims to provide equal employment opportunities to qualified individuals regardless of race, color, ethnicity, caste, gender, sexual orientation, nationality, origin, ancestry, religion, age, disability or marital status. There are currently two open vacancies:
The Program Manager will be part of a small but growing team of 14 current staff members based in Utrecht, The Netherlands. This position will require excellent facilitation, networking, and communication skills, and a diplomatic approach. Experience with multi-stakeholder processes in profit as well as non-profit spheres are a pre-requisite. Moreover, a proven interest in and understanding of nutrition, health and/or sustainable business is important.
The Program Manager will play a central role in a dynamic young organization and will have the ability to help shape the expansion of the organization. This is a unique opportunity to have a substantial positive impact on improving global health by helping to fundamentally shape the nutrition standards and practices of the largest food and beverage manufacturers globally.
ATNI is seeking to recruit a skilled, proactive intern with a high attention to detail and strong communication skills. This position provides a unique opportunity to learn on the job and positively impact global health by helping to fundamentally shape the nutrition standards and practices of the largest food and beverage manufacturers globally.