MSCI ESG Research analysis to power GAIN nutrition index
MSCI ESG Research, the specialist unit within the index maker focused on environmental, social and governance issues, is to provide analysis to support the launch of a nutrition index.
The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) has joined with the UK’s Wellcome Trust and the US Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to develop the Access to Nutrition Index (ATNI) project.
MSCI ESG Research’s role is to provide research and analysis for the index, which is focused on sustainability of nutrition practices in the global food and beverage industry.
The index will rate and rank food and beverage companies on their nutrition practices. The core index will consist of 25 of the biggest such companies globally, with three other indices focused on the 10 biggest such companies by revenue operating in India, Mexico and South Africa.
The ATNI rating methodology looks at company strategy and policies around nutrition, and their performance in making more affordable, nutritious products available to consumers.
Remy Briand, managing director and Global head of Index and ESG Research at MSCI, said: “MSCI ESG Research has a long history of analyzing nutritional issues as part of its assessment of ESG impacts and risks for the food and beverage sector. Better access to nutrition is not just a growing challenge for food producers but for the entire global economy, affecting both developed and emerging countries.”