BNF is a registered charity (Registered Charity 251681, Scotland SC040061) with a broad funding base comprising both commercial and non-commercial sources.

Our core purpose is to make nutrition science accessible to all and we do this through the interpretation, translation and communication of often complex scientific information.

In all aspects of our work, we aim to generate and communicate clear, accurate, accessible information on nutrition, diet and lifestyle, which is impartial and relevant to the needs of diverse audiences, in particular the general public, the media, government, schools, health professionals, and food and beverage companies.

BNF has robust procedures in place to sustain the quality and clarity of its outputs (click here for more details). BNF’s key publications are peer reviewed by technical committees and external experts drawn from the education, nutrition science and food chain communities.

Our website content is governed by the Information Standard and a web panel exists to help ensure relevance and clarity of the information.

In the spirit of openness and transparency, our corporate members and committee membership are listed on our website and in our annual reports.

The Foundation is part of a broad network and we attach substantial value to the collaborations and partnerships that we have forged, both in the UK and also across Europe, that enable us to extend our influence without moving our focus from the things we do well.

We have a track record in harnessing the expertise of others to deliver a multi-disciplinary perspective, as illustrated by the outputs of our series of Task Forces, our conferences and events, and the composition of our Council and Advisory Committees.

Through our work with schools and our scientific reports, we are known for collating and disseminating best practice that has the potential to facilitate behaviour change and so improve the health and wellbeing of the population.

what matters to us


Our strengths lie in:

•our networks and strong links with the nutrition science community residing in universities and research institutes,

•our networks within the wider education sector especially schools,

•our longstanding working relationships with government officials and with health professional sectors engaged in communicating nutrition advice,

•our science communications experience,

•our collaborations over many years with the food and agriculture sectors, across the food chain

•our broad funding base and robust and open governance structure .


Today, the objectives of the British Nutrition Foundation are:

• To work in partnership with academia, educators, government and industry to deliver BNF’s aims, vision and charitable activities.

• To deliver and widely communicate high quality, profile-raising information, resources and activities for the ultimate benefit of public health.

• To ensure a sound infrastructure (staff, facilities, governance and funding) to facilitate and support BNF’s activities.


Our vision is to be recognised as the leader in the delivery of independent, evidence-based and accessible information that promotes understanding of nutrition and health, and contributes to improved wellbeing for all.


Our core activities are linked with our overall aim of making nutrition science accessible to all:

BNF strategy


Through active engagement with governments, schools, the nutrition science community, the wider food industry from farm to plate, health professionals and journalists, we aim to provide advice to help shape, support and deliver nutrition and health policy and so facilitate improvement in the diet and physical activity patterns of the population.

BNF’s work is embedded in two work programmes – education and nutrition science. A summary of our work over the past five decades can be found here.