At Coca-Cola Oceania, we’ve continued our efforts to help address concerns around wellbeing.

We’ve listened and learned from the public health community, our customers, associates and consumers to understand the role we can play to support the fight against obesity in a way that is credible, transparent, and beneficial for everyone.

We're helping consumers moderate their consumption of sugar by removing sugar from our drinks, introducing more low-and no-sugar options and continuing to expand the availability of smaller packs.

As part of our transparent approach, we have made a commitment to annually disclose our investments to health and wellbeing scientific research or community partnerships.

Here you will find our financial report for Health Professionals and Scientific Experts over the last five years.

List of Research and Partnerships

Below is a list of health and wellbeing related partnerships and scientific research Coca-Cola Oceania (CCO) has worked with from the last five years in New Zealand. The total amount spent during this time for CCO to work with these partnerships is $319,080.

No new disclosures have been added to this register since March 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.

Study Title/Partnership Name
Type
Organisation
Amount (exl gst)
Years
Corporate subscription to Dietitians NZ
Partnership
Dietitians NZ
$500 
2015
Primary Sponsor, Massey University College of Health Symposium for Nutrition for Exercise and Performance
Partnership
Massey University
$15,000 
2015
Secondary analysis of data from the National Nutrition Survey of NZ Adults 2008/09 (ANS08/09) to identify the contribution of different beverage types to energy and sugars intake.
Research
Otago University
$3,080 
2015
Corporate subscription to Dietitians NZ
Partnership
Dietitians NZ
$500 
2014
Move 60 - Coca-Cola NZ bike giveaway programme with the aim of encouraging NZ teens to move 60 minutes a day
Partnership
Bike NZ and Foundation for Youth Development
$300,000
2013/
2014
Total
    $319,080
 

Frequently asked questions

1. What is the purpose of this page? 

This page 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 programs. 

2. Why are you releasing this information?

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 each year is part of our effort to be transparent. We provide yearly updates on our funding of wellbeing scientific research and partnerships that meet the inclusion criteria. We evaluate all future investments in health and wellbeing related programs and research to ensure that any financial support provided is in accordance with our Guiding Principles

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 programs and communications activities conducted in New Zealand in the last five years. 

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. 

Research partners are expected to:  

  • conduct research 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. 

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).

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 better understand how we can make positive changes to how we produce and sell our products.  

Coca-Cola Oceania also funds other research so we can best inform our business and consumers about our ingredients, products, and packaging. 

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 The 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 are providing 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 by Coca-Cola Oceania or The Coca-Cola Company’s U.S. corporate headquarters to entities and individuals based in New Zealand. If Coca-Cola New Zealand 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 http://transparency.coca-colacompany.com/health-professionals-and-scientific-experts

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. 

11. What else are you doing to help tackle the issue of obesity?           

We realise that obesity is a serious issue that impacts individuals, families and communities around the world and we have a role to play in supporting the wellbeing of New Zealanders.

We will continue to work on ways to help New Zealanders manage their sugar intake while enjoying our drinks. You can find out how at https://www.coca-colajourney.co.nz/stories/how-we-are-helping-kiwis-consume-less-sugar-our-progress

12. When do you update these disclosures?

Coca-Cola Oceania will update the disclosure register annually.

Definitions

Our Approach to Funding Scientific Research –

For all the health and well-being research funding disclosed below, the 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 the relevant questions, rather than favour a particular outcome;
·       have full control of the study design, the 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. 
In no event does Coca-Cola Oceania Ltd (CCO) have the right to prevent the publication of research results. Nor does CCO provide funding conditioned on the outcome of the research.
We have made a good-faith effort to disclose all the funding that meets the inclusion criteria. If we have unintentionally omitted something that meets those criteria, we will disclose it in one of our future updates, which we plan to provide every twelve months.

Research and Partnerships Included:

  1. Funding provided by CCO or The 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; and
  2. Funding provided by CCO or The Coca-Cola Company’s U.S. corporate headquarters to entities based in New Zealand for health and wellbeing programmes and communications activities conducted in New Zealand.

Research and Partnerships Excluded:

  1. Research by entities not based in New Zealand and not funded by CCO or The Coca-Cola Company’s U.S. corporate headquarters;
  2. Programmes and activities conducted outside New Zealand and not funded by CCO 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 Programmes 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 New Zealand that have received funding from CCO 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 the last five years.

Timeframe: 1 January 2014 through 31 December 2018. Amounts for January 2019 and forward will be disclosed in a future update.

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

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 http://transparency.coca-colacompany.com/health-professionals-and-scientific-experts. The funding provided for their work will be listed on the U.S. website as part of the six month update.