About us

ATNI drives market transformation to ensure half of all packaged food products sold by 2030 are sustainable, affordable and form part of a “healthy” diet.  Nutritious and affordable diets enable optimal physical and mental development, underpin resilient societies and alleviate the burden from diet related diseases.

ATNI improves market performance by challenging key actors in the food system – starting with industry – to accelerate access to affordable, nutritious food for all, especially for society’s most vulnerable.

Our History

ATNI launched its first Global Index in 2013. The idea was simple: 1) produce deep dive benchmarks assessing the performance of the world’s largest food and beverage manufacturers in providing nutrition to their consumers; and 2) work with them to improve their performance.

Our Work

ATNI produces high-quality research and accountability tools designed to drive and support food market transformation culminating in healthy diets for all. ATNI publishes global and country specific indexes, research projects on a range of nutrition topics and monitoring and accountability tools for third parties.

ATNI has refreshed its theory of change and is increasingly focused on how its research can act as a catalyst for market change within different stakeholder groups. To ensure our work can inform and drive impact, ATNI designs its outcomes to meet the needs of responsible investors, policy makers and consumer groups. We are increasingly contributors to, and convenors of, key debates that will shape healthy diets in the future.

Strong alliances and communication with stakeholders are an integral part of ATNI’s mission to drive market transformation. ATNI will continue to grow and mobilize its network to create dialogue and share knowledge across multi-stakeholder platforms about how to ensure access to nutritious foods and healthy diets for all.

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.

An independent, international Expert Group guides ATNI’s approach on influencing markets and company behavior. The current Expert Group members are listed below. ATNI also thanks former members Linda Meyers and Boyd Swinburn for their past contributions. Note that a separate group advises on the approach to assessing BMS marketing, and specific review groups are established for the development of country tools.

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.

The Rockefeller Foundation
The Rockefeller Foundation is a pioneering philanthropy built on collaborative partnerships at the frontiers of science, technology, and innovation that enable individuals, families, and communities to flourish. The Foundation make big bets to promote the well-being of humanity and make opportunity universal and sustainable. Its focus is on scaling renewable energy for all, stimulating economic mobility, and ensuring equitable access to health care and nutritious food.

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 2022 Annual report.

For ATNI’s refreshed strategy and Theory of Change, have a look at our Impact page and interactive Theory of Change.

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 2022 Annual Report here.

Download the 2021 Annual Report here.

Download the 2020 Annual Report here.

Privacy Statement 

ATNI is committed to protecting the privacy of individuals who visit our website, our Privacy Statement can be found here.

ATNI is not currently hiring for any positions.

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