Development of the Index kicked off with extensive engagement with non-industry stakeholders. However, through a subsequent process, and in accordance with best practices demonstrated by other index initiatives, we have approached the companies to inform them about the Index program, hear their feedback on proposed indicators, and invite them to share data to be evaluated by the Index.
Company participation is voluntary. However, companies that elect not to engage or share data will still be scored using publicly available data and included in the final ranking.
Article 5.3 of the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO-FCTC) states: “In setting and implementing their public health policies with respect to tobacco control, Parties shall act to protect these policies from commercial and other vested interests of the tobacco industry in accordance with national law.” While this directive addresses public health authorities, it is also good practice for any index or benchmarking effort. Accordingly, the Tobacco Transformation Index will document and report on the nature of interactions with tobacco companies and industry groups during the Index development and data collection process. Additionally, all information provided by companies will be independently reviewed before being incorporated into the Index.