It is always helpful to look at how other groups are dealing with other organizations that, like the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, have problematic sponsorships and conflicts of interest.
This post details the International Lactation Consultant Association’s (ILCA) protest of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) accepting a donation from Nestlé — a notorious repeat violator of the International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes.
This paragraph from the ILCA letter to PAHO especially resonated with us, as it perfectly describes our sentiments about AND’s current sponsorship model:
“The fact that PAHO received money from the Coca-Cola Company and other food and beverage corporations has damaged its reputation as the leading UN organization concerned with nutrition and public health in our Hemisphere. It has signaled that PAHO policies might be constrained in advancing policies and public health actions in conflict with the commercial interests of these corporations.…We also request that you state a policy that such industries will not be invited to participate in PAHO initiatives or other work designed to formulate public health and nutrition policies.”
One of Dietitians for Professional Integrity’s projects for this Fall is the creation of a formal petition to submit to AND. We will share more details in a few months.