Business Impact Assessment
The BIA-Obesity (Business Impact Assessment - Obesity and population nutrition) tool has been developed by INFORMAS, a global network of public health researchers that monitors food environments and policies in >30 countries worldwide. The tool consists of a range of indicators across 6 action domains. Indicators are sector-specific and are tailored for the purposes of this project to the European context.
These methods were adapted from the Access to Nutrition Index (ATNI) that benchmarks the nutrition-related commitments, performance and disclosure practices of global food and beverage manufacturers.
The project team will work closely with each company to collate relevant policy details related to each indicator, including details at a country-, regional- and global-level as applicable. Input from representatives nominated by each company will assist in identifying the most up to date, accurate and comprehensive information.
The process will result in the development of scorecards for each company to enable comparison at a sector level both nationally and internationally. The project will clearly highlight areas in which companies are demonstrating leadership in the prevention of NCDs, and indicate specific areas for improvement at a company, sector and industry level.
The intention is to repeat this process on a regular basis and thus to track progress over time. Some first findings are expected to become available by 2020, and will be communicated broadly as part of efforts to increase awareness and accountability.
Select companies for inclusion in the BIA-Obesity assessment
Collect preliminary data (from publicly-available sources) related to each indicator for all selected companies
Liaise with company representatives to refine and supplement policy information
Assess each company using the BIA-Obesity assessment criteria
Prepare prioritised recommendations for each company
Privately feed results back to each company along with company scorecard and benchmarking against other companies in the same sector
Publicly release results, including individual company and industry sector performance