HUL recognized in first ever ‘India Access to Nutrition Index’

Hindustan Unilever Limited (HUL) has been ranked #2 in the first ever India Access to Nutrition Index (ATNI).

The leading companies on the Corporate Profile ranking are Nestlé India and Hindustan Unilever – with scores of 7.1 and 6.7 out of 10 respectively, which implies that these companies have done more than the other seven companies assessed to integrate nutrition into their business models. As per the Product Profile ranking- Mother Dairy, Hindustan Unilever and Amul, sell the largest proportion of healthy products among the Index companies.

This recognition underlies HUL’s commitment to improving nutrition and is especially meaningful as it comes on the back of Unilever being ranked as world’s best food manufacturer for our approach to nutrition in the 2016 Global Access to Nutrition Index.

Recognition for our targets, standards and programmes

HUL has been recognised for its commitments in the area of improving health and well-being as part of Unilever Sustainable Living Plan (USLP), nutrient profiling system, nutrition labelling and responsible marketing principles. HUL demonstrates leading practice by assigning top executive and Board-level accountability for its nutrition strategy. It is noteworthy to mention that out of the 7 parameters against which the companies were assessed, HUL leads the way for supporting healthy diet & active lifestyles, responsible marketing policies and product labelling initiatives. This recognition is a strong endorsement of the steps taken by HUL in implementing the USLP in India.

While there has been notable progress, HUL is conscious of the areas of improvement shared by ATNI such as improving the nutritional quality of our products via fortification, supporting consumer education programs on healthy diets and lifestyles as well as engaging with public policymakers on nutrition-related issues. 

HUL supports Access to Nutrition Foundation and is both cognizant and committed to the important role the food and beverage industry needs to play in tackling the double burden of malnutrition.

The Access to Nutrition Foundation

The Access To Nutrition Index (ATNI) evaluates the largest food and beverage manufacturers’ policies, practices and disclosure related to nutrition, both in individual countries and globally. They provide companies with a tool to benchmark their performance on nutrition against others in their sector and they provide stakeholders with consistent, in-depth information on companies’ contributions to improving nutrition. The aim of the Index is to encourage companies to increase access to healthy products and to responsibly exercise their influence on consumers’ choice and behaviour.

While the Global Index is published every two years, the India Spotlight Index 2016 is the first such Spotlight Index to be published. It assesses the policies, practices and disclosure of the 10 largest multinational and Indian food and beverage manufacturers in India, as well as the nutritional quality of their product portfolios.