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By:  Roberto Mercadé 31/03/2017

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In late 2015, The Coca-Cola Company made a commitment to publishing details of financial support given to health and wellbeing partnerships, research and individuals dating back to 2010. I committed to do the same for New Zealand and in 2016 we published the details of what we had funded. We also undertook to annually update this information.

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 we published a list of the partnerships and research activities on health and wellbeing-related matters we fund in New Zealand, dating back to 2010.

Since 2010 we have provided NZD $421,970 to fund health and wellbeing scientific research and health and wellbeing partnerships. Our annual update published in March 2017 confirmed that no financial support was provided to such partnerships or research during 2016.

Most of the funding in New Zealand was to our partnership programmes 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 Oceania. 

We have also supported 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 programmes. We are proud of the contribution that we make to the community. We encourage you to learn about the research, initiatives and programmes we have supported and the organisations and individuals with whom we have worked by visiting coca-colajourney.co.nz.

Sincerely,

Roberto Mercadé
President, Coca-Cola South Pacific