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 email@example.com. There is no fee.Become a signatory
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:
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.
The Pledge was officially announced during Day 1 of the N4G Summit by Akihiko Nishioka, President and CEO of Resona Asset Management.
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:
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|
|7||Apostle Funds Management||AU|
|11||BancoPosta Fondi Sgr||IT|
|12||BNP Paribas Investment Partners||FR|
|13||Boston Common Asset Management||US|
|14||Boston Trust Walden||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|
|21||Church Commissioners for England||UK|
|22||Church of England Pensions Board||UK|
|23||Columbia Threadneedle Investments||US|
|28||DNB Asset Management||NO|
|29||Domini Social Investments||US|
|30||EdenTree Investment Management||UK|
|31||Epworth Investment Management||UK|
|33||Ethical Partners Fund Management||AU|
|35||Everence and the Praxis Mutual Funds||US|
|36||Fukoku Capital Management, Inc.||JP|
|37||Friends Fiduciary Corporation||US|
|39||Guy’s and St. Thomas’s Charity Endowment Fund||UK|
|43||Impax Asset Management||UK|
|44||J Safra Sarasin||CH|
|49||Local Authority Pension Fund Forum||UK|
|50||Local Government Super||AU|
|51||Mercy Investment Services||US|
|53||MUFG Asset Management||JP|
|56||Nomura Asset Management||JP|
|57||Pax World Management||US|
|62||Resona Asset Management||JP|
|64||RRSE – Le Regroupement pour la Responsabilité Sociale des Entreprises||CA|
|65||Sarasin & Partners||CH|
|67||Seventh Generation Interfaith||US|
|68||Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia||US|
|69||Socially Responsible Investment Coalition||US|
|70||Stichting Pensioenfonds Huisartsen||NL|
|72||T. Rowe Price||US|
|73||Trillium Asset Management||US|
|75||Triodos Investment Management||NL|
|77||UBS Asset Management||GLOBAL|
|78||Unicredit Pension Fund||IT|
|79||Vancity Investment Management||CA|