Stakeholder input is essential for establishing a robust, credible, and effective index. Therefore, at the outset of the project in early 2019, the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World undertook a request for proposals (RFP) process and hired SustainAbility to design a global consultation process to gather feedback from a wide range of experts and interested parties. These included representatives of academia, associations, business, international organizations, the investment community, media, NGOs, and think tanks and advocacy organizations. Although tobacco companies are also stakeholders of the Index, they were intentionally excluded from this phase of engagement.
Consultation was conducted primarily via a global series of multi-stakeholder dialogues, consisting of eight full- or half-day sessions and bilateral meetings with expert stakeholders held in seven countries: Brazil, India, Japan, Poland, South Africa, the United States, and the United Kingdom. The purpose of these meetings was to invite stakeholder reactions and inputs regarding the feasibility and application of the Index, the specific topics the Index should address, and the measures necessary to ensure the research process and outputs of the Index will be perceived as objective, credible, and effective.
The Stakeholder Consultation Report summarizes the results of the global Index consultation process undertaken from March to December 2019. The report highlights the key takeaways and issues that have since informed the development of the Index.