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 will be held in Tokyo in December 2021 and is hosted by the Government of Japan.

The aim of the Summit is to secure new major nutrition commitments from governments, donor agencies and research funders, UN agencies, civil society organizations, academia, and private sector actors in the following five main areas: health, food, resilience, data-driven accountability, and nutrition financing.

Ahead of this important event, ATNI is working to expand its investor signatory base to include investors from Japan and the Asia-Pacific region.

An introduction to ATNI’s work is available in Japanese here. An article outlining the business and investment case for nutrition is available in Japanese here. In June 2021, ATNI was interviewed by the ESG Narrative initiative.

ESG Narrative: Access to Nutrition Initiative

In October 2021, ATNI translated the Investor Expectations on Nutrition, Diets and Health in Japanese.

Investor Expectations on Nutrition, Diets and Health

Based on the framework of the Investor Expectations, the N4G Investor Pledge was developed, which was submitted o the official commitment-making platform of the Summit. 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 full N4G Investor Pledge in English

Read the full 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.

N4G Investor Pledge Press Release

Watch the presentation of the N4G Investor Pledge

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 16.6 trillion AUM.

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 AUS
8 Arisaig Partners SG
9 Aviva UK
10 AXA Investments FR
11 BancoPosta Fondi Sgr IT
12 BMO Global Asset Management, part of Columbia Threadneedle Investments CA
13 BNP Paribas Investment Partners FR
14 Boston Common Asset Management US
15 Boston Trust Walden US
16 Calvert US
17 Candriam Investors Group FR
18 CBF Church of England Fund UK
19 CCLA Investment Management UK
20 Central Finance Board of the Methodist Church UK
21 Christian Super AU
22 Church Commissioners for England UK
23 Church of England Pensions Board UK
24 Cometa IT
25 CommonSpirit Health US
26 CZ Group NL
27 Domini Social Investments US
28 EdenTree Investment Management UK
29 Epworth Investment Management UK
30 EQ Investors UK
31 Ethical Partners Fund Management AU
32 Ethos Foundation CH
33 Everence and the Praxis Mutual Funds US
34 Fukoku Capital Management, Inc. JP
35 Friends Fiduciary Corporation US
36 GAM Investments CH
37 Guy’s and St. Thomas’s Charity Endowment Fund UK
38 Hermes EOS UK
39 Hexavest CA
41 Impax Asset Management UK
42 J Safra Sarasin CH
43 JLens US
44 KLP Kapitlalforvaltning NO
46 Lion Trust UK
47 Local Authority Pension Fund Forum UK
48 Local Government Super AU
49 Mercy Investment Services US
50 Mirova FR
51 MUFG Asset Management JP
52 NEI Investments CA
54 Nomura Asset Management JP
55 Pax World Management US
56 Pictet Group CH
58 PosteVita IT
59 Rathbones Greenbank UK
60 Resona Asset Management JP
61 Robeco NL
62 RRSE – Le Regroupement pour la Responsabilité Sociale des Entreprises CA
63 Sarasin & Partners CH
64 Schroders UK
65 Seventh Generation Interfaith US
66 Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia US
67 Socially Responsible Investment Coalition US
68 Stichting Pensioenfonds Huisartsen NL
69 Storebrand NO
70 Trillium Asset Management US
71 Trinity Health US
72 Triodos Investment Management NL
73 Trusteam Finance FR
74 UBS Asset Management GLOBAL
75 Unicredit Pension Fund IT
76 Vancity Investment Management CA
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