Our work with investors

As shareholders and bondholders of most of the companies rated on our Indexes, institutional investors have the potential to drive substantial change in these companies’ commitments, practices and disclosure on nutrition.

This is why ATNI works extensively with the investment community to ensure that our Indexes are designed to provide them with the in-depth information they need on companies’ performance on nutrition not available from any other source. Investors can then use our Indexes and reports in their ESG research, investment analysis and engagement.

Investor Expectations on Nutrition, Diets and Health

On July 1st 2020, ATNI released the Investor Expectations on Nutrition, Diets and Health. These Expectations have been created in consultation with institutional investors. We have developed them to support and spur greater investor engagement with companies to address global nutrition challenges and deliver the Sustainable Development Goals.

Signatories to the Investor Expectations will have access to the Investor portal – a password-protected nutrition and finance resource hub – and ATNI’s expertise and support for their research and engagement.

If you are interested in becoming a signatory and pledging your support for ATNI’s work, please contact investor.support@accesstonutrition.org. There is no fee.

ATNI Investor Expectations

Become a signatory
ATNI supports Investor Signatories by:
  • Ensuring you are kept up-to-date about developments in nutrition relevant to investment
  • Providing and developing materials to support your engagement with companies, e.g. questions to use with Investor Expectations, best-practice examples
  • Access to ATNI research analysts
  • Facilitating collaborative investor engagement with companies ranked in our Indexes following publication of each new Index, e.g. by
    – Briefing participating investors on companies’ performance
    – Organising engagement calls/meetings with companies
    – Writing and circulating notes of all calls
    – Tracking companies’ responses
    – Keeping participating investors aware of progress
  • Publishing an annual report summarising signatories’ engagement on nutrition, diets and health
  • Publicising via our website and social media the work of the investor signatories to amplify their own communications
  • Communicating investor and finance sector perspectives at nutrition events and conferences
  • Growing the signatory base
  • Maintaining the investor portal on the website, with relevant materials, news and links to our work and that of other relevant organisations

The Nutrition for Growth (N4G) Summit was held in Tokyo in December 2021 and was hosted by the Government of Japan.

Ahead of this important event, ATNI expanded its investor signatory base to include investors from Japan. Several materials have been translated and developed in Japanese:

Introduction to ATNI in Japanese

Japanese article: investment case for nutrition

ESG Narrative: Access to Nutrition Initiative

Investor Expectations on Nutrition, Diets and Health

Based on the framework of the Investor Expectations, the N4G Investor Pledge was developed. With this Pledge, 53 institutional investors representing US$12.4 trillion in assets under management commit to use the Expectations and to directly engage with all publicly listed companies in the Global Index 2021 on the topic of nutrition. Progress towards the Pledge will be monitored by ATNI.

Read the N4G Investor Pledge in English

Read the N4G Investor Pledge in Japanese

The Pledge was officially announced during Day 1 of the N4G Summit by Akihiko Nishioka, President and CEO of Resona Asset Management.

Watch the presentation of the N4G Investor Pledge

Following the Tokyo Nutrition for Growth in December 2021, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan compiled a report to serve as a guide of material ESG issues for the food and beverage sector. The report has been written by Mitsubishi UFJ Research & Consulting, with input from the Food industry and ESG Investment review committee. The report is made up of the following sections and profiles ATNI as one of many organizations focusing on ESG issues central to the food and beverage industry:

  1. Environmental & Social issues that the food industry companies need to be aware of;
  2. Status of global investors action on ESG issues, disclosure regulations, and ESG evaluation initiatives;
  3. Local and global company action examples;
  4. Challenges and suggested solutions to further progress action in the food industry.

Read a summary of the report in English

Read the full report in Japanese

Many ATNI investor signatories participate in the collaborative engagement facilitated by ATNI following each Index release. The aim of the engagement is to persuade the companies rated by ATNI to improve their performance on nutrition and demonstrate their positive impact on consumers’ health by improving their products and business practices. Historically, collaborative engagement was managed by the Co-Chairs of ATNI’s Investor Working Group and run by the investors.

An evaluation of the 2018-2019 collaborative engagement program proposed that ATNI substantially increase the support it provides to investor signatories for collaborative engagement, to reduce the burden on signatories. It also recommended that ATNI establish an investor portal – a password-protected hub of nutrition and investor relevant materials, reports and news. ATNI has implemented these recommendations. Additionally, all signatories have access to the ATNI research team to drill down further into company analysis and data, on request.

Below you can see the updated list of the investor signatories that have signed up to ATNI's Investor Expectations on Diets, Nutrition and Health. USD 19.7 trillion AUM (calculated as of July 2022).

1 Aberdeen Standard Investments UK
2 Achmea Investment Management NL
4 Aikya Investment Management UK
5 AMP Capital AU
6 Amundi FR
7 Apostle Funds Management AU
8 Arisaig Partners SG
9 Aviva UK
10 AXA Investments FR
11 BancoPosta Fondi Sgr IT
12 BNP Paribas Investment Partners FR
13 Boston Common Asset Management US
14 Boston Trust Walden US
15 Calvert US
16 Candriam Investors Group FR
17 CBF Church of England Fund UK
18 CCLA Investment Management UK
19 Central Finance Board of the Methodist Church UK
20 Christian Super AU
21 Church Commissioners for England UK
22 Church of England Pensions Board UK
23 Columbia Threadneedle Investments US
24 Cometa IT
25 CommonSpirit Health US
26 Coöperatie VGZ NL
27 CZ Group NL
28 DNB Asset Management NO
29 Domini Social Investments US
30 EdenTree Investment Management UK
31 Epworth Investment Management UK
32 EQ Investors UK
33 Ethical Partners Fund Management AU
34 Ethos Foundation CH
35 Everence and the Praxis Mutual Funds US
36 Fukoku Capital Management, Inc. JP
37 Friends Fiduciary Corporation US
38 GAM Investments CH
39 Guy’s and St. Thomas’s Charity Endowment Fund UK
40 Hermes EOS UK
41 Hexavest CA
43 Impax Asset Management UK
44 J Safra Sarasin CH
45 JLens US
46 KLP Kapitlalforvaltning NO
48 Lion Trust UK
49 Local Authority Pension Fund Forum UK
50 Local Government Super AU
51 Mercy Investment Services US
52 Mirova FR
53 MUFG Asset Management JP
54 NEI Investments CA
56 Nomura Asset Management JP
57 Pax World Management US
58 Pictet Group CH
60 PosteVita IT
61 Rathbones Greenbank UK
62 Resona Asset Management JP
63 Robeco NL
64 RRSE – Le Regroupement pour la Responsabilité Sociale des Entreprises CA
65 Sarasin & Partners CH
66 Schroders UK
67 Seventh Generation Interfaith US
68 Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia US
69 Socially Responsible Investment Coalition US
70 Stichting Pensioenfonds Huisartsen NL
71 Storebrand NO
72 T. Rowe Price US
73 Trillium Asset Management US
74 Trinity Health US
75 Triodos Investment Management NL
76 Trusteam Finance FR
77 UBS Asset Management GLOBAL
78 Unicredit Pension Fund IT
79 Vancity Investment Management CA
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