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By:  Roberto Mercadé 10/03/2016

Coca-Cola's Actions to be Transparent


In late 2015, my colleagues in the US and UK published a list of the health and wellbeing partnerships, research and individuals that had received financial support from Coca-Cola, dating back to 2010. I committed to do the same and today we have published the details of what we have funded in Australia. 

I believe this is the right thing to do. I also think it is important to understand why we have decided to share this information in one location.

We have financially supported partnerships and research with third party experts to improve our understanding of the role our drinks play in people’s diets and the benefits of physical activity, alongside a balanced diet. I acknowledge that some people have questioned whether this work is appropriate and sufficiently open, and whether we have best explained what our involvement is. 

That’s why today we are publishing a list of the partnerships and research activities on health and wellbeing-related matters we fund in Australia, dating back to 2010. This is the start of a process to share this information globally and the information published will be updated every 12 months.

Over the last five years, we have provided $1,718,970 to fund health and wellbeing scientific research and health and wellbeing partnerships.

Most of the funding in Australia goes to our partnership programs with charities, public sector and not-for-profit organisations. These are primarily local community projects designed to have the most positive impact possible in the communities they operate in. It is the fabric of The Coca-Cola Company to support local communities wherever we operate. The information we are sharing includes the funding amount and year of support provided by Coca-Cola South Pacific or The Coca-Cola Australia Foundation.

We also support scientific research to understand better the role our drinks play in people’s diets and consumer behaviour, including physical activity and lifestyle behaviours. When we do fund research, the recipients of our funding have full control over the work they do, which is objective and independent, and we expect they do disclose this funding source in any publication in which it appears.

I hope this provides some clarity regarding the research we have funded and our partnership programs. We are proud of the contribution that we make to the community. We encourage you to learn about the research, initiatives and programs we have supported and the organisations and individuals with whom we have worked by visiting coca-colajourney.com.au.

In the weeks and months ahead, we will be listening, learning and developing a new approach to guide and inform our path forward.  

Sincerely,

Roberto Mercadé

President, Coca-Cola South Pacific