NEW YORK (AP) — A nonprofit founded to combat obesity says the $1.5 million it received from Coke doesn't influence its work.
But emails obtained by The Associated Press show the company was instrumental in shaping the Global Energy Balance Network. Coke helped pick the group's leaders, edited its mission statement and suggested content for its website.
When contacted by the AP, Coca-Cola Co. CEO Muhtar Kent said in a statement that the company was not as transparent about its involvement with the group as it should have been.
Coke told the AP it has accepted the retirement of its chief health and science officer, Rhona Applebaum, who initially managed the relationship with the group.