1. What is the purpose of this website?
This website is an important step forward for
2. Why are you releasing this information now?
We understand people have questions about our support of research and partnerships related to health and wellbeing and we are delivering on our timeline as publicly reported to both the media and specific enquiries over the last few months. The sharing of our financial support of health and wellbeing scientific research and partnerships is a first step in our broader efforts to be even more transparent. This website follows the disclosures published in the U.S. and the United Kingdom. We will continue to update this information for Australia every 12 months.
3. What other actions will The
The sharing of our financial support of health and wellbeing scientific research and partnerships is a first step in our broader efforts to be even more transparent and we will provide these disclosures internationally. As we first communicated in an op/ed by Muhtar Kent on Aug. 20, 2015 in the Wall Street Journal, we will also charter and recruit an independent oversight committee who will advise us and provide guidance on our future approach to funding health and wellbeing scientific research. We will also meet with respected experts to explore and understand future opportunities for health and wellbeing scientific research and initiatives. As we continue along this journey and improve our approach to scientific research, we will publicly share our progress.
4. What does the word “partnership” mean in this list?
For purposes of this list, we use the term ‘partnership’ in an informal sense, referring to our relationship with entities based in Australia that have received funding from
6. Why does
conduct research that is factual, transparent, and designed objectively;
generate an appropriately-phrased hypothesis and to conduct research that will answer relevant questions, rather than favour a particular outcome;
have full control of the study design and execution and the collection, analysis and interpretation of the data;
be encouraged to publish; and
disclose their funding sources in all publications and public presentations of the data.
Under no circumstances does
7. What is included in your research listing? Why did you exclude some research?
We have included research funding provided by
8. When you publish your funding efforts on your website, what assurance do we have that the list is complete?
We have made a good-faith effort to disclose all funding that meets the inclusion criteria. If we have inadvertently omitted something that meets those criteria, we will disclose it in one of our future updates, which we plan to provide every 12 months.
9. Why didn’t you include funding of experts or organizations that you worked with outside of Australia? How can I find out how much you paid to them?
This site lists funding provided from Jan. 1, 2010-Dec. 31, 2015 by
10. Do you expect the organisations that receive financial support from
No. Funding is provided on an unconditional basis and is provided to support the mission and goals of the organization.
11. How can you be part of the solution to obesity if you are part of the problem?
We realise that obesity is a serious issue that impacts individuals, families and communities around the world and in Australia. That’s why we are working with business, government and communities to support tangible ways to help people address this challenge.
We are committed to playing our part to promote wellbeing with specific actions to provide more beverage choices and provide more information to help consumers choose the drinks that fit their lifestyle.
Key among these is the commitment to increase availability of smaller size packages, offer more lower sugar and kilojoule beverages options, and to increase the access of transparent nutrition information including voluntary adoption of the Australian Government Heath Star Rating scheme for Beverages.
Increased availability of smaller pack sizes. The 250mL can continues to grow in popularity in Australia and we’re expanding the availability of the 200mL ‘mini can’ and the 390mL PET bottles on store shelves.
Greater choice of lower kilojoule options. By the end of 2015, all of our top selling brands in Australia had a low-kilojoule alternative, including
For a challenge as complex as obesity, there is no one answer. But working together, we believe business, government, and communities can pursue solutions that support healthier communities around the world.