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Transparency FAQ

By:  Journey Staff Oct 7, 2016


1. What is your new contribution total?

We have provided a total of $135.4 million to support scientific research, health-related programming and healthcare professionals since 2010. This update to our report reflects $1.9 million in grants and funding to support health and well-being related partnership and research activities.

2. What changes have been made to the site since March 2016?

  • Our updated total investment in scientific research and partnership activities from January 1, 2010 through June 30, 2016 is $135.4 million. This funding includes support from The Coca-Cola Foundation, Coca-Cola North America and The Coca-Cola Company from January 1, 2010- June 30, 2016.
  • Since our March 2016 disclosure report, we invested $1.9 million in grants to support health and well-being partnerships and research for the disclosure period January 1, 2016 – June 30, 2016.


3. 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 health and well-being scientific research and partnerships. It also highlights the actions we have taken related to how we sell and market our products in the United States and lists the health professionals and scientific experts with whom we have proudly worked with from 2010-June 30, 2016. While we have always been open about such funding, this website makes the information easily accessible and searchable. We will update this site twice a year.

4. What other actions will The Coca-Cola Company be taking toward greater transparency of its partnerships and research?

The sharing of our financial support of scientific research and health and well-being partnerships is a first step in our broader efforts to be even more transparent.

As we focus on our path forward, we are evaluating our approach to obesity and exploring how we can be a more helpful and credible partner to the communities we have served for 130 years. We are continuing to listen and learn from the public health community and other stakeholders to better understand the most appropriate role we can play to support the fight against obesity in a way that is credible, transparent, and beneficial for everyone.

5. Why are you releasing this information now?

We understand people have questions about our support of research and partnerships related to health and well-being. We are committed to, and we are delivering on, our timeline as reported in the media that we would share this information within weeks of Muhtar Kent's August 20th Op-Ed in the Wall Street Journal.

This website aims to provide that information, which we will update twice a year.

6. 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 the U.S. that have received funding from Coca-Cola North America (CCNA), or The Coca-Cola Company’s U.S. corporate headquarters to support their health and well-being programs and communications activities conducted in the U.S. from January 1, 2010 to June 30, 2016.


7. Does The Coca-Cola Company conduct research on health and well-being?

The Coca-Cola Company does not conduct its own research on health and well-being. Rather, we support research efforts by independent and respected research institutions and universities. As detailed in our published list, these include some of the world’s most respected universities, institutions and organizations. The organizations and researchers are highly recognized in their fields. They maintain their own strict policies and procedures regarding how their research is designed and conducted, including placing limits on how they receive funding for research.

8. Why does The Coca-Cola Company fund research?

The Company funds the research we have listed on our website to explore issues that have been raised about our products and to increase knowledge relating to obesity. We provided this funding to independent and respected professionals and institutions. These researchers:

  • are expected to conduct research that is factual, transparent, and designed objectively;
  • are expected to generate an appropriately-phrased hypothesis and to conduct research that will answer relevant questions, rather than favor a particular outcome;
  • have full control of the study design and execution and the collection, analysis and interpretation of the data;
  • are encouraged to publish; and
  • are expected to disclose their funding sources in all publications and public presentations of the data.

Under no circumstances does The Coca-Cola Company have the right to prevent the publication of research results; nor does the company provide funding conditioned on the outcome of the research.

Coca-Cola also funds other research so we can learn. It is the best way for us to inform our business and consumers about our ingredients, products and packaging.

9. What is included in your research listing? Why did you exclude some research?

We have included research funding provided by Coca-Cola North America (CCNA) or The Coca-Cola Company’s U.S. corporate headquarters to entities based in the U.S. or Canada for research relating to dietary intake, nutrition, and health, or to physical activity. We have excluded research by entities not based in the U.S. or Canada and not funded by Coca-Cola North America (CCNA) or by The Coca-Cola Company’s U.S. corporate headquarters. Also excluded are research on ingredients, packaging, products or brands that is not related to dietary intake, nutrition and health or to physical activity, and research and development on new ingredients, packaging, products or brands.

10. 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 the inclusion criteria, we will disclose it in one of the future twice yearly updates.

11. Why does Coca-Cola fund health and medical organizations?

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

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

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

13. 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.