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A proposed approach to systematically identify and monitor the corporate political activity of the food industry with respect to public health using publicly available information.

Mialon, M., Swinburn, B. and Sacks, G. 2015, A proposed approach to systematically identify and monitor the corporate political activity of the food industry with respect to public health using publicly available information., Obesity reviews, vol. 16, no. 7, pp. 519-530, doi: 10.1111/obr.12289.

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Title A proposed approach to systematically identify and monitor the corporate political activity of the food industry with respect to public health using publicly available information.
Author(s) Mialon, M.
Swinburn, B.
Sacks, G.ORCID iD for Sacks, G. orcid.org/0000-0001-9736-1539
Journal name Obesity reviews
Volume number 16
Issue number 7
Start page 519
End page 530
Total pages 12
Publisher Wiley
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2015-07
ISSN 1467-789X
Keyword(s) Corporate political activity
food industry
non-communicable diseases
policy
Summary Unhealthy diets represent one of the major risk factors for non-communicable diseases. There is currently a risk that the political influence of the food industry results in public health policies that do not adequately balance public and commercial interests. This paper aims to develop a framework for categorizing the corporate political activity of the food industry with respect to public health and proposes an approach to systematically identify and monitor it. The proposed framework includes six strategies used by the food industry to influence public health policies and outcomes: information and messaging; financial incentive; constituency building; legal; policy substitution; opposition fragmentation and destabilization. The corporate political activity of the food industry could be identified and monitored through publicly available data sourced from the industry itself, governments, the media and other sources. Steps for country-level monitoring include identification of key food industry actors and related sources of information, followed by systematic data collection and analysis of relevant documents, using the proposed framework as a basis for classification of results. The proposed monitoring approach should be pilot tested in different countries as part of efforts to increase the transparency and accountability of the food industry. This approach has the potential to help redress any imbalance of interests and thereby contribute to the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/obr.12289
Field of Research 111712 Health Promotion
160508 Health Policy
160510 Public Policy
150303 Corporate Governance and Stakeholder Engagement
Socio Economic Objective 920499 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Grant ID NHMRC 1041020
Copyright notice ©2015, Wiley
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30073655

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Health and Social Development
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