Soon after The New York Times ran a front-page story about industry front group The Global Energy Balance Network last month, Coca-Cola pledged to become “more transparent.”
Today, the soft drink giant released the following information as part of its “commitment to transparency”:
- A list of health professionals and scientific experts with whom it regularly collaborates and consults (although, FYI, “several individuals with whom we worked in the past have declined to have their names listed).
- A (very long) list of programs, grants, initiatives, and campaigns it has funded/funds, along with dollar amounts (note the emphasis on physical activity).
- A “transparency” FAQ, in which Coca-Cola can’t help but pass up the opportunity to pat itself on the back for “being part” of the solution (see question 12).
For further transparency, we’d be interested in learning more about the millions of dollars Coca-Cola has spent over the years to defeat proposed public health policies.