Product categories assessedProcessed Meat and Seafood|Dairy|Other Hot Drinks
Percentage of company global sales covered by Product Profile assessment65-70%
Number of employees23816
Type of ownershipCooperative
The findings of this Index regarding companies’ performance rely to a large extent on information shared by companies, in addition to information that is available in the public domain. Several factors beyond the companies’ control may impact the availability of information such as differences in disclosure requirements among countries or capacity constraints within companies, amongst others the Covid-19 pandemic. Therefore, in the case of limited or no engagement by such companies, this Index may not represent the full extent of their efforts.
An adjustment of -1.18 to the company's score has been made based on its score in the BMS/CF Marketing Index 2021.Company BMS/CF Scorecard
● SCORES AND RANKS: Although FrieslandCampina’s score has slightly decreased from 6.0 in 2018 to 5.9 out of 10 in 2021, the company’s overall rank has improved from the fourth to third place. The company ranks first in Category C ‘Accessibility’ and Category D ‘Marketing’. It ranks 2nd on the Product Profile with a score of 7.4 out of 10 and performs above average in all index categories.
● GOVERNANCE: Through its updated ‘Nutrition Policy’, FrieslandCampina continues to place a strong strategic focus on nutrition and health, and addressing malnutrition. Published in 2020 as part of the company’s updated ‘Nutrition Policy’, the ‘Better Products Program’ strives to ensure that at least 70 percent of its products are considered as ‘nourishing for daily use’ – as opposed to ‘indulgent’ – and that at least 70 percent of sold volume complies with their ‘Global Nutritional Standards’. The program is based on the World Health Organization (WHO) Global Action Plan for the prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases 2013-2020, and explicitly seeks to address obesity/overweight and undernutrition.
● GOVERNANCE: Through its updated ‘Broadening Access to Nutrition’ program, the company seeks to address micronutrient deficiencies and undernutrition through a deliberate strategy of expanding access and improving the affordability of its fortified and nutritious products. Importantly, FrieslandCampina has sought to identify priority populations in the countries it’s active in based on data from the WHO and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), as well as regional studies South East Asian Nutrition Survey (SEANUTS) and Accelerating Nutrition Improvements in Sub-Saharan Africa (ANI).
● PRODUCTS: FrieslandCampina continues to implement the updated Global Nutritional Standards (GNS), its Nutrient Profiling Model (NPM) that sets criteria for both positive components (such as milk protein, fiber, vitamins, and minerals) and trans-fat, saturated fat, added sugar, and salt. The criteria for the latter group were derived from Choices International and developed by independent scientists. The company has benchmarked its GNS against the Health Star Rating system (HSR), finding a deviation of less than 10 percent in the estimated percentage of healthy products. Moreover, the company only fortifies products that meet its GNS criteria, and bases its approach on the WHO guidelines and CODEX CAC/ GL 2-1985.
● ACCESSIBILITY FrieslandCampina is commended for its strong performance in pricing and distribution (Category C). As part of its updated ‘Broadening Access to Nutrition program’, the company has enhanced its commitments, strategies, and practices by effectively adopting a policy on affordability and accessibility. The concrete, measurable targets linked to this program stand out. One of the company’s objectives is to increase the share of affordable nutrition products in its lower-income markets (Nigeria, Pakistan, Ivory Coast, Indonesia, Vietnam, and the Philippines) to at least 15 percent of sold volume in 2025. Additionally, the program aims to increase the percentage of affordable nutrition products that comply with its own Affordable Nutritional Standards in these markets to at least 50 percent by 2025. In its efforts to improve the accessibility of its affordable healthy products, FrieslandCampina has conducted robust pricing and distribution analysis, and shares examples of arrangements made with distributors regarding how healthy products are made accessible in several low- and middle-income countries.
● MARKETING: Apart from committing to adhere to the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Framework for Responsible Food and Beverage Marketing Communications, FrieslandCampina is the only company to make explicit commitments for marketing strategies to reach priority populations – providing evidence of taking steps to understand and reach these with appropriate products through tailored marketing, and does so on a global scale. Through its Broadening Access To Nutrition programme’, the company uses a promotion strategy of advertising, social media, and educational messages, all adapted to the country and local distribution channels used by the target group and brand. One example is the promotion of its small-packaged and small-sized Peak product in Nigeria through TV, and commercials and educational messages on Facebook.
● MARKETING: FrieslandCampina has updated its responsible marketing policy, the Corporate Standard for Responsible Marketing Communications. Through this, the company commits to only market products to children under 12 years old that meet the FrieslandCampina Nutrition Criteria for Marketing Towards Children, while also committing to using responsible marketing techniques to do so. The policy also regulates the deployment of children, celebrities (including influencers), or fantasy and animated characters, and the responsible use of promotional toys, games, vouchers, and competitions. Furthermore, the company utilizes tools to ensure its digital marketing does not reach younger age groups and applies these to all own- and third-party digital media.
● LABELING: Friesland Campina performs strongly on its front-of-pack (FOP) and back- of-pack (FOP) product labelling commitments and disclosures. The company is one out of three companies that commits to using interpretative labeling on all relevant products, globally. This is a huge improvement from only displaying nutrients in numeric format in 2018, as using interpretative labelling is industry best practice. It provides nutritional information to consumers in a clear and easy-to-read format, and can help consumers make more informed, healthier choices. The company has also advanced on implementing its BOP labelling commitments to more than 90% of products globally, an increase from more than 80% of products in 2018.
● ENGAGEMENT: The company is one of only four committing to play an active role in supporting governments’ efforts to combat all forms of malnutrition on a global scale, while providing examples of working with the European Union and governments of the Netherlands and Philippines. In addition, FrieslandCampina receives credit for disclosing its lobbying measures with the Netherland Ministry of Health and Malaysian Ministry of Health, regarding lowering sugar content with the results from SEANUTS research. The company showed evidence of engaging with a wide range of stakeholders in developing its nutrition strategy, policies, and programs, including international organizations, national bodies, CSOs, and academic institutions or scientific experts.
● PRODUCTS: The FrieslandCampina Global Nutritional Standards set limits on levels of sodium, saturated fats, and added sugars for all products that the company positions as ‘tailored nutrition’, ‘affordable nutrition’, and ‘daily nutrition’. However, these limits are not applied to products positioned as ‘treats and taste enhancers’. ATNI encourages the company to set targets for limiting negative nutrients in this product category, and to increase its transparency around how these are defined and what parts of its portfolio they will cover.
● ACCESSIBILITY: FrieslandCampina could consider expanding the scope of its strategy and targets by aiming to reach all consumers, including priority populations, in all the markets it is active in, with affordable, accessible healthy products, and report on progress made. The company is encouraged to provide evidence of conducting pricing and distribution analysis in all markets it is active in, including middle- and high-income countries, to reach low-income consumers and those with limited physical access (e.g., in food deserts and poor urban areas).
● LIFESTYLES: While the company commits to supporting employee health and wellness through its ‘Boost (Boest) Vitality Programme’, this only covers direct employees of the company. ATNI recommends that the company improves its score by extending the same program to employees’ family members and other value chain actors, such as smallholder farmers, factory workers, and small-scale vendors. The company could also consider making public commitments to allowing parents to take paid parental leave up to 26 weeks and more, and to providing breastfeeding mothers with appropriate conditions and facilities at work.
● LABELING: On the use of health and nutrition claims, FrieslandCampina shows limited commitments. To prevent misuse of claims, or the placement of claims on unhealthy products, it is recommended that the company commits to not using claims on products unless they have been pre-determined as ‘healthy’ by a relevant (preferably government-endorsed) NPM. This should be applied to all products and markets that the company is active in. In addition, to strengthen its performance on product labeling, ATNI encourages the company to make public commitments not to provide additional interpretive labeling or other information FOP that directly relates to the message of the mandatory FOP labeling (which may confuse consumers or modify the effect of the mandatory labeling).
● ENGAGEMENT: ATNI advises that FrieslandCampina publicly commits to only lobby in support of measures designed to improve health and nutrition that have a solid grounding in independent, peer-reviewed science. It could consider developing adequate internal controls to ensure their lobbying activities align with company policy, such as assigning oversight and conducting audits of its lobbying activities to the Board. The company is also encouraged to consider increasing its transparency regarding lobbying expenditures and activities in the markets in which it is active.
● ENGAGEMENT: In 2019, the company created an Advisory Council to advise the ‘FrieslandCampina Institute’, a non-commercial source of scientific research for nutrition and health professionals, consisting of international multidisciplinary researchers in the area of malnutrition, nutrition, population health, and consumer behavior. However, it is not clear if the company has an expert advisory group advising on its commercial nutrition strategy.
● BREAST-MILK SUBSTITUTES AND COMPLEMENTARY FOODS: To fully align with the Code, FrieslandCampina is encouraged to fully incorporate World Health Assembly (WHA) 69.9 recommendations in its BMS marketing policy which strengthen and/or clarify the scope and recommendations of the original 1981 Code, and the subsequent relevant resolutions. It is also advised that the company extends coverage of its BMS marketing policy to growing-up milks. ATNI further recommends the company to commit to upholding that policy and associated standards and guidelines in countries where local regulations are less stringent and less comprehensive than its own policy, in respect of product scope and/or Code provisions.
- Nutrition strategy
- Nutrition management
- Reporting quality
- Product Profile
- Product formulation
- Defining healthy products
- Product pricing
- Product distribution
- Marketing policy
- Marketing to children
- Auditing and compliance
- Employee health
- Breastfeeding support
- Consumer health
- Product labeling
- Influencing policymakers
- Stakeholder engagement
Detailed Product Profile Results
The Product Profile is an independent assessment of the nutritional quality of companies’ product portfolios. For this purpose, ATNI uses the Health Star Rating (HSR) model, which rates foods from 0.5 to 5.0 based on their nutritional quality. ATNI uses the threshold of 3.5 stars or more to classify products as generally healthy. This assessment is undertaken in partnership with The George Institute for Global Health (TGI), with additional data input from Innova Market Insights.
The methodology for the Global Index 2021 Product Profile has been revised and now includes three scored elements. The overall Product Profile score reflects: B1.1, the mean healthiness of a company’s product portfolio; B1.2, the relative healthiness within product categories compared to peers, and; B1.3, changes in the nutritional quality of product portfolios compared to the Global Index 2018 Product Profile. The steps taken to calculate the final Product Profile scores are visualized in Box 1. The next section further explains each of these three elements.
FrieslandCampina has been assessed for the second time in the Global Index Product Profile. In the previous assessment, two of the company’s markets were selected, and a total of 24 products analyzed – accounting for approximately 0-5% of global retail sales in 2017, excluding baby foods, plain tea, and coffee. In this Index, a total of 494 products have been analyzed across 10 of the company’s major markets. Products from the top five best-selling product categories within each market are included. In 2019, these products accounted for 65-70% of the company’s global retail sales, excluding baby foods, plain tea, and coffee.
Germany, Indonesia, The Netherlands, Nigeria, The Philippines, Russia, Thailand, and Vietnam are new countries included in this iteration. In 2018, one product category was covered by the assessment, compared to three categories in 2021. Products form the ‘Other Hot Drinks’ and ‘Processed Meat and Seafood’ categories are assessed in 2021 but were not in 2018.
In this Product Profile assessment, FrieslandCampina’s scores 6.5 out of 10 (B1.1) in the mean healthiness element, and 8.3 out of 10 (B1.2) for the relative healthiness of its products within categories compared to peers. This results in FrieslandCampina obtaining an overall score of 7.4 out of 10, ranking second out of 25 in the Product Profile.
B1.1 Portfolio-level Results
of 5 stars)
|Products suitable to market
to children (WHO regional
models) - UNSCORED
|3.3||Germany, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Netherlands, Nigeria, Philippines, Russia, Thailand, United Kingdom, Vietnam||65-70%||No.
• A total of 494 products manufactured by FrieslandCampina, sold in 10 countries, covering three product categories, were included in this Product Profile (baby foods, plain tea and coffee were not assessed). The company’s sales-weighted mean HSR is 3.3 out of 5. ATNI turns this value into a score between 0 and 10, resulting in a mean healthiness score of 6.5 out of 10 for Friesland. The company ranks third out of 25 companies in this first scored element (B1.1).
• Overall, 56% of distinct products assessed were found to meet the HSR healthy threshold (HSR >=3.5). Together, these products accounted for an estimated 59% of Nestle’s retail sales of packaged food and beverages 2019 in the selected markets (excluding baby food, plain tea, and coffee). Assuming the products and markets included in the assessment are representative of the company’s overall global sales, ATNI estimates the company derived approximately 55% of its global retail sales from healthy products in 2019.
WHO nutrient profiling models (unscored): Only 32% of products assessed were found to be of sufficient nutritional quality to market to children, according to the World Health Organization (WHO) regional nutrient profiling models. These products were estimated to generate 25% of the company’s sales in 2019. More information on this part of the assessment can be found in the Marketing section (Category D) of the Index.
B1.2. Product Category Results
|Mean HSR for
(rank in mean HSR
compared to peers
selling products in
the same category)
|Other Hot Drinks||1||0%||1.5||1.4||3rd out of 5|
|Dairy||483||56%||3.4||2.9||4th out of 18|
|Processed Meat and Seafood||10||90%||3.8||3.1||4th out of 8|
• For FrieslandCampina, ‘Processed Meat and Seafood,’ was the best performing category, where a total of 10 products analyzed obtained mean HSR of 3.8 out of 5. ‘Other Hot Drinks’ (1.5) had the lowest mean HSR of all product categories included for FrieslandCampina.
• For three out of three categories assessed, FrieslandCampina’s products perform better than the mean HSR of companies selling products in the same categories.
• FrieslandCampina scores 8.3 out of 10 in this second scored element (B1.2) and ranks third out of 25 companies. This is based on its ranking compared to peers within the 16 categories, using the scoring system set out in ATNI’s methodology.
B1.3. Change in mean HSR
|No. of products
analyzed in 2018
|No. of products
analyzed in 2021
mean HSR 2018
mean HSR 2021
Breast-milk Substitutes /
Complementary Food Marketing
Global Index Score
|BMS 1||BMS 2||Level of compliance
in country studies
|Max. of -1.5||Philippines||Mexico|