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Our Actions and Way Forward

By:  Sandy Douglas Mar 24, 2017

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At The Coca-Cola Company, we continue our journey to be a more helpful and effective partner in efforts to address obesity. Over the past two years, we’ve made it a priority to listen to, and learn from, members of the public health community, our customers, bottlers, associates and most importantly, the people who enjoy our beverages.

Today we are sharing another update on our financial support of well-being related scientific research and partnerships. This is the fourth update to our online, searchable database that shows our support from January 1, 2010 through December 31, 2016.

You’ll note in this update that we have fewer investments to disclose. This is due in part to the application of new guiding principles that we began to implement in early 2016. The new principles define how we will provide financial support for well-being related scientific research and partnerships. While our previous support of well-being related research produced scientifically valid results, we recognized an opportunity to avoid some of the questions that result when we are the sole provider of funding.

The new guiding principles serve as our roadmap for well-being scientific research and partnerships. While they do not replace our transparency reporting, we expect there will be fewer activities in the future to report.

Here is a summary of our disclosure for this six-month reporting period, July 1, 2016 – December 31, 2016:

  • We invested $2.9 million health and well-being related partnership and research activities during this disclosure period. This includes:
    • $2.6 million in health and well-being related partnership activities.
    • $0.3 million in health and well-being research activities.
  • Our updated total investment in well-being related scientific research, partnership and health professional activities is $138.3 million for the reporting period from January 1, 2010 to December 31, 2016

We will continue to disclose, at six month intervals, all relevant funding of well-being related research, partnerships and health professionals and scientific experts that meet the criteria identified in the transparency website.

We are focused on our way forward and on the opportunities it presents to us to support the communities we have served for more than 130 years. We will keep you updated on our progress.

Thank you for joining us in this journey.

Sincerely,

Sandy Douglas

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President, Coca-Cola North America

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