Coca-Cola has spent almost $120 million since 2010 to fund academic health studies, medical organizations, and community fitness programs aimed at tackling obesity, The New York Times writes. The soft-drink giant published the grant list on its Web site Tuesday after CEO Muhtar Kent promised greater openness about the company's spending on obesity-related programs and research.
The company came under fire after the Times reported on its financial support for scientists whose studies appeared to downplay the impact of Coke products in the spread of obesity. The newly published list demonstrates the company's reach, detailing hundreds of grants to university researchers; community groups such as the Boys & Girls Clubs of America; and doctors' associations and major medical charities like the American Cancer Society.
In a statement, Coca-Cola North America President Sandy Douglas said the firm's philanthropic efforts were "made with the best of intentions - to inform our business, support our local communities, and support solutions" to public health problems.