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
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.  To this end, tailor-made communication tools have been translated into Japanese.

An introduction to ATNI’s work, including an overview of the Investor Expectations on Nutrition, Diets, and Health, 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. The result of this interview is the video below, which outlines the business and investment case for nutrition.

ESG Narrative: Access to Nutrition Initiative

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 16.1 trillion AUM.

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