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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

By:  Journey Staff Mar 24, 2017

1. What is the purpose of this website?


This website is a critical first step for The Coca-Cola Company to transparently share its financial support of well-being scientific research and third party engagement. It also lists the health professionals and scientific experts with whom we have worked with from 2010-2016. While we have always been open about such funding, this website makes the information easily accessible and searchable. This site is updated every six months.


2. Why are you releasing this information?


We understand people have questions about our support of well-being scientific research and third party engagement. We are committed to, and are delivering on, the actions highlighted in Muhtar Kent's August 20th, 2015 Op-Ed in the Wall Street Journal. This website aims to provide clarity and transparency. We update this site every six months.


3. What does the word “partnership” mean in this list?


For purposes of this list, we use the term ‘partnership’ in reference to our relationships with U.S.-based organizations that have received funding from Coca-Cola North America (CCNA), or The Coca-Cola Company’s U.S. corporate headquarters to support health and well-being programs and communications activities conducted from January 1, 2010 to December 31, 2016.


4. What is your new contribution total?


We have provided $138.3 million to support well-being scientific research, health-related programming and healthcare professionals since 2010. This six-month update to our report reflects $2.6 million since our last report in grants and funding to support well-being partnerships and $0.3 million to support well-being scientific research.


RESEARCH


5. Does The Coca-Cola Company support research on health and well-being?

Our past support of well-being related scientific research produced scientifically valid results, but we’ve recognized an opportunity to avoid some of the questions that result when we are the sole funder.

In early 2016, we began to implement a set of new guiding principles that define how our Company will provide financial support for well-being scientific research and partnerships. Please click here for more information.

6. Why did you develop these new principles for research and partnership?

We developed new guidelines to help us evaluate and define our support of well-being scientific research and partnerships. While our previous support produced scientifically valid research results, we recognized an opportunity to avoid some of the questions that result when we are the sole funder.

For more information, please click here.

7. Does this mean that you will no longer need to report funding of well-being scientific research and third party engagement on your transparency website?

No, we will continue to provide regular updates on our funding of well-being scientific research and partnerships that meet the inclusion criteria outlined in the Transparency disclosure.

8. How do the new guiding principles apply to funding for well-being scientific research and third party engagement?

The new guiding principles serve as our roadmap for well-being scientific research and partnerships. They define our engagement and ensure that our intentions are sufficiently clear and transparent. All future well-being related partnerships will be evaluated against the new guidelines.

9. Why do you still have some items in your current disclosure list that are incongruent with the new guiding principles?

The application of these new guidelines across our organization is ongoing.

We will continue to disclose all funding of well-being scientific research and partnerships that meet our inclusion criteria on this website. This website is updated at six month intervals.

10. Why do you continue to support research at all?

The Coca-Cola Company is long-time supporter of education and we believe it is imperative to support the work of universities in ongoing scientific inquiry related to our beverages, ingredients and people’s health. However, we are evolving our approach to funding well-being scientific research and partnerships. In early 2016, we began to implement a set of new guiding principles that define how our Company will provide financial support of well-being scientific research and partnerships. Please click here for more information.

11. 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 omitted something that meets those criteria, we will disclose it in one of our future updates, which we plan to provide every six months.

12. Why does Coca-Cola fund health and medical organizations? Will you stop funding these organizations going forward?

We provided funding to support such organizations through The Coca-Cola Foundation, The Coca-Cola Company and Coca-Cola North America because they create, execute and promote health and wellness advocacy programs that helped to strengthen local communities. We also provided funding to organizations that are focused on raising awareness and providing education to people about how to practice healthy, active lifestyles.

In early 2016, we began to implement a new set of guiding principles that define how our Company will provide financial support of well-being scientific research and partnerships. Please click here for more information.

13. Do you expect the organizations that received financial support from Coca-Cola to endorse your products?

No. Funding is provided on an unconditional basis to support the mission and goals of the organization.

ABOUT BALANCE CALORIES INITIATIVE

14. What is the Balance Calories Initiative?

In September 2014, The Coca-Cola Company, along with PepsiCo, Dr Pepper Snapple Group and Alliance for a Healthier Generation, announced the Balance Calories Initiative. This national effort has set an ambitious and substantial goal of reducing average beverage calories consumed per person across America by 20 percent by 2025. Through the Balance Calories Initiative, we are encouraging people to balance all calories – including those from our beverages. For more information please go here.