It should be noted that all research agreements were made prior to Coca-Cola`s 2016 declarations and that we do not have a denominator on the number of studies identified or funded by Coca-Cola. The authors identified the legal language that Coca-Cola left with a means of terminating a study, they did not identify any intent and openly admitted that they did not identify any cases where Coca-Cola “decomposed” critical health information. When it funds scientific research, Coca-Cola enters into a provision in its contracts with academic institutions that allows the beverage giant to draw its funding for a study at any time, according to a group of researchers who obtain several of these agreements. New suppliers must prove that they are GSP compliant before being certified as approved suppliers. The entity reserves the right to terminate a contract with a supplier that is unable to demonstrate compliance with the SGP requirements. However, this should be considered as a last resort. In the end, the departure of problems does not solve the problem or improves the situation of the communities and interest groups concerned. Instead, by partnering with the GUIDing principles of the United Nations, we want to work with other large buyers to increase the influence on suppliers, to engage. Our program is constantly evolving as we continue to learn and take on new challenges. We regularly advise stakeholders and benchmarks with industry standards, as well as colleagues from organizations such as AIM-PROGRESS and the Consumer Goods Forum, to improve our program. As a result, supplier guidelines will be reviewed and updated if necessary and we anticipate that the next update will be introduced in 2021-2022.

In one case documented by the document, a researcher lobbied the terms of the agreement and was able to amend it. At the University of Toronto, a draft research agreement stated that the University of Coca-Cola would give “the prior right to verify and approve (or refuse) any communication or other T U material or its employees” on research, funding and the relationship between the institution and the company to verify and approve (or reject). In a statement to STAT on Tuesday, Sievenpiper said: “Coca-Cola was not involved in the design, production, analysis, interpretation or decision to publish any of our research results.” He stressed that he insisted that the language of the agreement be changed to meet the expectations of an unlimited scholarship.

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