The majority of the largest quick service restaurants in Australia do not publicly identify nutrition and health as a focus area. Across the sector, there is limited disclosure of company efforts to address obesity and population nutrition issues.
Conclusion and implications
While some Australian quick service restaurants have taken some positive steps as part of a societal response to unhealthy diets and obesity, there is a much greater role for the sector to play.
Companies need to elevate the importance of nutrition as part of their overall strategy, and commit to implement a broad range of actions to improve the healthiness of Australian food environments. Industry associations, such as the Australian Food and Grocery Council (AFGC), and government initiatives, such as the Healthy Food Partnership, can support individual companies to adopt this report’s recommendations and coordinate company action across the sector.
Governments need to closely monitor the implementation of company policies and commitments related to obesity prevention and nutrition, and consider stronger policy intervention where voluntary company actions are insufficient. Other stakeholder groups, including investors, need to monitor company progress.
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