Transparency

Coca-Cola's Actions to be Transparent

At Coca-Cola South Pacific, we’ve continued our work to address concerns about our products and their impact on our wellbeing.

We’ve listened and learned from the public health community, our customers, associates and consumers to ensure these efforts remain transparent and beneficial for everyone.

As part of our transparent approach, we have committed to disclosing our investments in health and wellbeing programs, scientific research or community partnerships, each year.

Here you will find our latest financial report for research and partnerships along with health and scientific experts over the last five years.

List of research and partnerships

Title TypeOrganisationAmountYear
Building TRACTION with Optimism and Empowerment*PartnershipJoii Community Limited$24,0002019
Sea Change: Therapeutic Recreation Program*PartnershipRoyal Far West$25,0002019
Too Deadly Treadly Cycling Program*PartnershipFar North Queensland Hospital Foundation$25,0002019
Building Resilience in Young People*PartnershipPhoenix House Youth Services Incorporated$25,0002019
Trends in Beverage ConsumptionResearchAustralian Beverages Council Ltd$41,1202019
Exercise 4A/18 - A new direction for youth at risk*PartnershipOperation Flinders Foundation Inc.$16,5002018
Riding to Freedom*PartnershipTAD$13,4302018
2018 Youth Snow Sports Camp*PartnershipCerebral Palsy Alliance$20,8422018
2 Deadly Treadlys*PartnershipFar North Queensland Hospital Foundation$25,0002018
Get STARTed!*PartnershipSTART Foundation$25,0002018
Evaluation of Sugar Reduction Trial*ResearchWestern Sydney University$74,9402018
Battle of the Border*PartnershipTouch Football Specialised Inc.$3,3402017
Expansion of Modified Rugby Program (MRP)-Colts*PartnershipGingerCloud Foundation Ltd$25,0002017
Improving Physical and Mental Health*PartnershipSports Challenge Australia$25,0002017
Dance Unlimited*PartnershipCPL – Choice, Passion, Life (Cerebral Palsy League of Queensland)$24,8002016
Snow Sports Camp*PartnershipCerebral Palsy Alliance$22,4522016
Wheelchair Sports NSW 2017 Junior Wheelies' Christmas Camp*PartnershipWheelchair Sports New South Wales Incorporated$11,5442016
Athlete Leadership Program*PartnershipSpecial Olympics Melbourne Inner East$10,0002015
Building youth buoyancy through blind swimming*PartnershipBlind Sports and Recreation Victoria$9,7502015
Empowering Young People*PartnershipCommunities @ Work$9,9002015
Get Involved*PartnershipAustralian Paralympic Committee$75,0002015
Hoop Dreams*PartnershipE-Focus as Heidelberg Training and Resource Centre$9,6902015
Junior Wheelchair Sports Program*PartnershipWheelchair Sports NSW$9,8582015
L2R Dance Safari*PartnershipL2R Next Gen Inc$10,0002015
Project Re-Boot*PartnershipAustralian Circus and Physical Theatre Association$10,0002015
South West High School (Bicycle) Tour*PartnershipK-Equip Ltd$10,0002015
The Shack Youth Services - Health and wellbeing program*PartnershipBenevolent Society$10,0002015
Research Agreement to support METEx Energy Balance research project, to investigate the effects of exercise intensity on diet, physical activity and body composition in participants with metabolic syndromeResearchUniversity of Qld$110,4732014-2015

 

List of Health Professionals and Scientific Experts

The total amount spent for the Company to work with Health Professionals and Scientific Experts over the last five years is $42,392. Fees were provided for travel grants, related expenses and professional fees.

Scientific Expert or Health ProfessionalDescriptor
Glenn Cardwell AdvAPDMember of Coca-Cola South Pacific Health & Wellness Advisory Council 2013-2014 and Paper Review 2015**
Professor Peter CliftonMember of Coca-Cola South Pacific Health & Wellness Advisory Council 2010-2014 and Paper Review 2015**
Bernadette DrummondMember of Coca-Cola South Pacific Health & Wellness Advisory Council and Paper Review 2015**
Professor Paul NestelMember of Coca-Cola South Pacific Health & Wellness Advisory Council 2010-2014 and Paper Review 2015**
Zoe Wilson APDNutrition contributor website 2015

 

Frequently asked questions

1. What is the purpose of this list?

Coca-Cola South Pacific has committed to sharing its funding of health and wellbeing related programs, scientific research, as well as relevant community partnerships in order to remain transparent in its work around wellbeing.

2. Why are you releasing this information?

We have made a commitment to sharing our financial contributions over the last five years and will continue to update this information every 12 months.

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

In addition to the publication of our financial support of health and wellbeing related partnerships, scientific research and community programs, we also evaluate all future investments to ensure that any financial support provided is in accordance with our Guiding Principles.

4. Does Coca-Cola South Pacific conduct research on health and wellbeing?

Coca-Cola South Pacific does not conduct its own research on health and wellbeing. We support research efforts by independent and respected research institutions and universities.

This is to improve our understanding of the role our drinks play in people’s diets and better understand how we can make positive changes to how we produce and sell our products. 

5. Do you have any influence on the outcomes of these programs and partnerships?

No. In accordance with The Coca-Cola Company’s Transparency Guiding Principles, under no circumstances does Coca-Cola South Pacific have the right to prevent the publication of research results or outcomes, nor does the company provide funding conditioned on outcomes.

6. Are there any exclusions in the list?

We have included research funding provided to entities based in Australia for research relating to dietary intake, nutrition, health or physical activity. We have excluded research by entities not based in Australia 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.

7.  How can I find out about funding of experts or organisations that you worked with outside of Australia?

If Coca-Cola Australia 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.

8. When do you update these disclosures?

Coca-Cola South Pacific will continue to update the disclosure register annually, for the prior calendar year.

Definitions

*Indicates funding from The Coca-Cola Australia Foundation.

**The Coca-Cola South Pacific Health & Wellness Advisory Council ran from 2004 to 2014 to provide independent evidence based counsel to Coca-Cola Australia on health & wellness issues.

Research and Partnerships Included:

  1. Funding provided by Coca-Cola South Pacific Pty Ltd (CCSP)  or The Coca-Cola Company’s U.S. corporate headquarters to entities based in Australia for research relating to dietary intake, nutrition, and health, or to physical activity; and
  2. Funding provided by CCSP, The Coca-Cola Australia Foundation, or The Coca-Cola Company’s U.S. corporate headquarters to entities based in Australia for health and well-being programs and communications activities conducted in Australia

Research and Partnerships Excluded:

  1. Research by entities not based in Australia and not funded by CCSP or The Coca-Cola Company’s U.S. corporate headquarters;
  2. Programs and activities conducted outside Australia and not funded by CCSP, The Coca-Cola Australia Foundation, or by The Coca-Cola Company’s U.S. corporate headquarters;
  3. Research on ingredients, packaging, products, or brands that is not related to dietary intake, nutrition, and health, or to physical activity;
  4. Research and development on new ingredients, packaging, products, or brands; and
  5. Payments to third-party service providers for media services, advertising, and logistics in support of the “Partnerships” for Health and Well-Being Programs and Communications Activities listed.

For purposes of this list, we use the term ‘partnership’ in an informal sense, referring to our relationship with entities based in Australia that have received funding from CCSP, The Coca-Cola Australia Foundation, or The Coca-Cola Company’s U.S. corporate headquarters to support their health and well-being programs and communications activities conducted in Australia.

Timeframe:  1 January 2015 through 31 December 2019.  Amounts for January 2020 and forward will be disclosed in a future update.

Currency: all amounts are disclosed in AUS excluding GST. Where amounts have been converted from other currencies to AUS this has been done using an average annual aggregated exchange rate for the year in which the payment was made.

Coca-Cola Australia 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. The funding provided for their work will be listed on the U.S. website as part of the six month update.

The listing of an individual –

1. Does not imply that he/she currently has any relationship with The Coca-Cola Company; and

2. Implies no endorsement of The Coca-Cola Company or its products.

The aggregate amount of funding provided to individuals we have worked with in the past who have declined to have their names listed is approximately $4,233.37.