Healthy Markets Initiative
Improving children's health by increasing access to afforable, healthy food.
We all have a role to play in improving the health of society. One vital step will be ensuring every child and adult has access to affordable, healthy food. Obesity is one of the most pressing public health issues today – and Covid-19 has thrown it into the spotlight. This crisis is being fueled by the food options available to us.
Products high in fat, sugar and salt flood the market, while healthy alternatives are often unaffordable or missing entirely. A handful of companies are responsible for most of these sales. But the tides are turning. More regulation and growing consumer demand for healthier options means food companies, including supermarkets, food manufacturers and food service providers, are at risk. But investors can help them be at the forefront of change.
The Healthy Markets Initiative helps investors to:
By joining the coalition investors collectively engage companies to promote public health and sustainable growth.
Through ShareAction’s research and strategic partnerships with leading research organisations in the field, investors can build knowledge and understanding on vital health topics.
Through company AGMs, letters and roundtables, investors can engage companies and ensure health and nutrition is on the agenda.
By bringing investors together to file shareholder resolutions, we hope to drive real impact at the heart of the food and drinks industry.
“We’re excited to explore with ShareAction how encouraging responsible investment can help improve the availability of healthier options for everyone.”
Chief Executive, Guy’s and St. Thomas’ Foundation (ShareAction’s Healthy Markets campaign is funded by Impact on Urban Health, part of Guy’s and St Thomas’ Foundation.)