Vision, mission and values

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Vision, mission and values

Connecting people, food and science, for better nutrition and healthier lives 

The British Nutrition Foundation is a company limited by guarantee, incorporated 21 February 1967. The registered address is New Derwent House, 69-73 Theobalds Road, London WC1X 8TA. BNF is a registered charity in England and Wales (charity number 251681 ) and in Scotland (charity number SC040061). 

Our purpose  

BNF’s objective is to deliver evidence-based information on food and nutrition in the context of health and lifestyle. Its objects are:

  • To advance the education of the public, and those involved in training and the education of others, in nutrition; and
  • To advance the study of and research into nutrition for the public benefit, and disseminate and publish the useful results of such research.

Vision and mission

The British Nutrition Foundation's vision is 'Everyone can access healthy, sustainable diets' and it is contributing towards this through its Mission ‘Translating evidence-based nutrition science in engaging and actionable ways’. This is further supported by four Strategic Priorities:

  • DEVELOP – Produce high quality nutrition resources, information and training;
  • INFORM and FACILITATE – Disseminate resources, information and training to make healthier choices easier;
  • CHAMPION – Advocate evidenced-based nutrition science;
  • PROGRESS – Advance our mission by ensuring the future growth and sustainability of BNF.

Our values

  • Integrity – we are science-led, impartial, open minded, transparent and committed to diversity and sound ethical principles. 
  • Collaboration – we amplify our impact via partnership working with a range of stakeholders.
  • Quality – we deliver excellence consistently.
  • Positivity – we are a team of highly qualified experts who care about providing credible nutrition science and are passionate about the positive influence it can have on healthier lives.

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.

The British Nutrition Foundation has robust procedures in place to sustain the quality and clarity of its outputs. Our key publications are peer reviewed by technical committees and external experts drawn from the nutrition science, education and food chain communities. Our website content is governed by the PIF Tick 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 British Nutrition 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 governance. 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.

Our strengths lie in our:

  • networks and strong links with the nutrition science community residing in universities and research institutes;
  • networks within the wider education sector, especially schools;
  • longstanding working relationships with government officials and with health professional sectors engaged in communicating nutrition advice;
  • nutrition science communications experience;
  • collaborations over many years with the food and agriculture sectors, across the food chain;
  • broad funding base and robust and open governance structure.

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