The Access to Nutrition Initiative (ATNI) published a report, Spotlight on Lobbying 2022 just in time for Christmas. I am just getting to it.
ATNI has been commissioned to benchmark the world’s 25 largest F&B companies’ lobbying-related commitments, management systems, and disclosure against the Responsible Lobbying Framework (RLF). The RLF was developed to help organizations adopt corporate practices that ensure their lobbying activities are legitimate, transparent, consistent, and accountable, while providing the opportunity for other, more resource-constrained groups, to lobby in the public
Note that this report focuses on corporate promises and internal practices. It does not evaluate what the companies are actually doing to influence nutrition policy.
The results? No surprise, “current practice is far from the standard set in the RLF.”
Of course it is. Why would companies want to stop lobbying when it is so effective in protecting their profits.
The report mentions the major issues:
- Taxes on unhealthy foods
- Marketing restrictions, particularly to children
- Mandatory front-of-package labels
- Food-based (rather than nutrient-based) dietary guidelines.
I hope its next lobbying report will document how these companies are fighting every one of these public health initiatives.
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