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Global Index 2018

The Coca-Cola Company

12 (2015)





Product Profile


Nutrition General

A Governance (12.5%)
B Products (25%)
C Accessibility (20%)
D Marketing (20%)
E Lifestyles (2.5%)
F Labeling (15%)
G Engagement (5%)


A Governance (12.5%)
B Products (25%)
C Accessibility (20%)
D Marketing (20%)
E Lifestyles (2.5%)
F Labeling (15%)
G Engagement (5%)

Corporate Profile

# of employees
Market capitalization
$178,408 m
Reported product categories
Carbonates, Dairy, Concentrates, Juice, Sports and Energy Drinks, Ready-to-drink Coffee and Tea
Total revenues*
$41,863 m
Reported revenue by geography**
North America 46%, Asia Pacific 12%, Corporate 12%, Europe 12%, Latin America 10%, Eurasia & Africa 6%
* Source: Morningstar, USD historic exchange rate ** Source: Morningstar

Main areas of strength

• The score of the Coca-Cola Company (Coca-Cola) has increased from 2.4 in 2016 to 3.0 out of 10 in 2018. Since 2016, the company has strengthened its performance in some categories, most notably in Category D responsible marketing to all consumers.
• As in 2016, Coca-Cola performs strongly on nutrition governance and strategy. The company commits to supporting the nutrition-related SDGs and recognizes that it has a role to play in addressing obesity. The company has adopted a new strategy, the ‘Way Forward’, which includes a stronger focus on sugar intake reduction than in the past. In addition, Coca-Cola is one of the few companies to publish separate reports in its major markets.
• The company has continued its efforts to develop new low- or no-calorie products. It reduced sugar in 200 products in 2016 and defined a target to reduce sugar in 500 products in 2017, out of a total product portfolio of 3,600 products.
• The company has strengthened its responsible marketing commitments by extending it to cover marketing to all consumers. As in the past, Coca-Cola shows strong performance by not marketing any products to children under 12.
• Coca-Cola has implemented a new employee health and well-being program that integrates aspects of healthy diets, physical activity and mental well-being. In addition, it has made a new commitment to assist breastfeeding mothers by providing parental leave arrangements and other facilities.
• Despite limited public disclosure, Coca-Cola has shared relevant evidence of a new commercial program to address undernutrition through specifically fortified products, a positive development since 2016. Its approach builds on earlier pilots and non-commercial programs, focusing on children over two. In addition, the company runs a philanthropic program to address undernutrition in school-age children in the Philippines.

Priority areas for improvement

• Coca-Cola ranks fourteenth in the Product Profile assessment with a score of 3.7 out of 10, based on an assessment of its major product categories in nine countries. The company was estimated to derive only 13% of its total sales from healthy products, i.e. those achieving a rating of 3.5 stars or more in the Health Star Rating (HSR) system. This indicates that Coca-Cola has significant scope to improve the healthiness of its portfolio through product reformulation, innovation and/or portfolio changes.
• The company’s nutrition strategy lacks several nutrition objectives, e.g. regarding affordability/accessibility and consumer-oriented nutrition education programs, and limited information is disclosed. The company should address this and could further improve its nutrition governance, for example by linking CEO compensation to performance on these objectives.
• Coca-Cola has not defined a comprehensive set of product reformulation targets. Its commitments to reduce sugar in a number of products are short-term and lack relevant details. The company is encouraged to show leadership by defining ambitious, long-term and globally applicable targets.
• As in 2016, Coca-Cola has not implemented an NPS, nor has it defined nutritional criteria for healthy products. The company should do so to have a clear basis for its nutritional strategy, making its portfolio healthier.
• Coca-Cola should formalize and disclose commitments on the type of consumer-oriented nutrition education programs and healthy lifestyle programs it will support. It should step up its efforts in this area by supporting independently developed and implemented programs.
• Coca-Cola should disclose a commitment to follow Codex guidance for health and nutrition claims where weak or no regulation is in place. It should also track and disclose information about the number of products carrying such claims.
• Coca-Cola should define and disclose commitments on various aspects of addressing undernutrition, such as product development and specific marketing strategies, and it should disclose more information on its approach.

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The Access to Nutrition Index rates food and beverage manufacturers´ nutrition-related policies, practices and disclosures worldwide on a recurring basis.


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