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Frequently Asked Questions

By:  Journey Staff 31/03/2017

1. What is the purpose of sharing this information on this website? 

This is an important step forward for Coca-Cola Oceania to transparently share its financial support of health and wellbeing scientific research and partnerships, including community health and wellbeing programmes. Similar to our efforts in the United States, United Kingdom and Australia, we list the expert individuals and organisations we have worked with from 2010 to 2016. The availability of this information on our website makes it easily accessible and searchable.

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. The sharing of our financial support of health and wellbeing scientific research and partnerships was the first step in our broader efforts to be even more transparent. We update this information for New Zealand every 12 months.

3. 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 health and wellbeing scientific research and partnerships was the 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.

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 New Zealand that have received funding from Coca-Cola Oceania or The Coca-Cola Company’s U.S corporate headquarters to support their health and wellbeing programmes and communications activities conducted in New Zealand from 2010 to 2016.

5. Does Coca-Cola Oceania conduct research on health and wellbeing?  

Coca-Cola Oceania does not conduct its own research on health and wellbeing. We support research efforts by independent and respected research institutions and universities. As detailed in our published list, these include highly respected universities, institutions and organisations who are recognised experts in their fields. The recipients of our research funding have control over how their research or secondary analysis of existing research is designed and conducted.
No new disclosures have been added to the register for 2016 as no further financial support was provided to health and wellbeing scientific research and partnerships, including community health and wellbeing programmes or individual experts.

6. Why does Coca-Cola Oceania fund research?

Coca-Cola Oceania funds the research we have listed on our website to explore questions that have been raised about our products, improve our understanding of the role our drinks play in people’s diets 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 or additional analysis 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.

Researchers are encouraged to publish and under no circumstances does Coca-Cola Oceania have the right to prevent the publication of research results (nor does the company provide funding conditioned on the outcome of the research).

No new disclosures have been added to the register for 2016 as no further financial support was provided to health and wellbeing scientific research and partnerships, including community health and wellbeing programmes or individual experts.

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

We have included research funding provided by Coca-Cola Oceania or Coca-Cola Company’s U.S corporate headquarters to entities based in New Zealand for research relating to dietary intake, nutrition, and health, or to physical activity. We have excluded research by entities not based in New Zealand and not funded 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. 

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 undertake every 12 months.  

9. Why didn’t you include funding of experts or organisations that you worked with outside of New Zealand? How can I find out how much you paid to them? 

This site lists funding provided from Jan. 1, 2010-Dec. 31, 2016 by Coca-Cola Oceania or The Coca-Cola Company’s U.S corporate headquarters to entities and individuals based in New Zealand for research or partnerships relating to dietary intake, nutrition, and health, or to physical activity. We have excluded research by entities not based in New Zealand. Coca-Cola Oceania has also worked with experts who are either from the U.S. or funded by the U.S. corporate headquarters. They are listed on the U.S. website transparency.coca-colacompany.com/health-professionals-and-scientific-experts. Coca-Cola Oceania has also worked with experts who are funded by Coca-Cola South Pacific. They are listed on the Australian website www.coca-colajourney.com.au.

10. Do you expect the organisations 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 organisation undertaking the research. 

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 New Zealand. That’s why we are working with business, government and communities to support tangible ways that will 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 beverage options, reformulate to reduce the sugar and kilojoules in our beverages, and to increase the access of transparent nutrition information including voluntary adoption of the New Zealand Government Heath Star Rating scheme for beverages.

For example, the average pack size purchased by consumers has decreased 10% since 2008.

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.

12. Have you updated your disclosure for 2017?

Coca-Cola Oceania will update the disclosure register annually, and this was last updated in March 2017 for the period ending December 2016. No new disclosures have been added to the register for 2016 as no further financial support was provided to health and wellbeing scientific research and partnerships, including community health and wellbeing programmes or individual experts for this period.