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Index of Non-Profit Organizations Receiving Corporate Funding


According to the Wall Street Journal, Anheuser-Busch Cos. has "in the past two years donated $150,000 in doctoral-student scholarship funds to the Harvard School of Public Health." (Kevin Helliker, Sarah Ellison, "Anheuser Wants World to Know Beer Is Healthy," Wall Street Journal, 12/9/2005, p.B1)

“The Childhood Obesity Epidemic: Predictors and Strategies for Prevention” Symposium funded through unrestricted grants from:

  • McNeil Nutritionals, LLC
  • Gerber Products Company
  • McDonald’s Corporation
  • The Beverage Institute for Health and Wellness of The Coca Cola Company
  • ConAgra Foods Company
  • Dupont/Solae
  • Slim-Fast Foods Company
  • The Dannon Company
  • Nestle Nutrition Institute
  • Ross Products Division, Abbott Laboratories, Inc.
  • The Campbell Soup Company
  • The Peanut Institute
  • Wyeth Nutritionals

(; accessed 3/24/05)

According to its website, “The mission of the Division on Addictions at Harvard Medical School is to strengthen worldwide understanding of addiction through innovative research, education, and the global exchange of information. Our ultimate goal is to alleviate the individual, social, medical, and economic burdens caused by addictive behaviors. The Division will offer encouragement, education, and training to both the next generation of health care workers who treat addictive disorders and to scientists who study addiction. The Division will provide knowledge to public policy makers and the public alike. Finally, the Division will provide a message of compassion, tolerance, acceptance, and hope by representing Harvard's commitment to the advancement of addiction science.” ( ; accessed 11/9/04)

According to the Boston Globe, “Virtually all its funding comes from the gambling industry…Over the last four years, the institute has received nearly $5 million in industry. “In 2000, the [National Center for Responsible Gambling] promised Harvard Medical School's Division on Addictions $2.4 million for two years of work. The Harvard institute has kept about half the industry money for in-house research, distributing the rest in grants to researchers at other universities. Harvard renewed its contract with the NCRG for another two years in 2002 and recently signed a three-year deal expiring in 2007, maintaining the $1.2 million annual funding level. The contract is renewable at the discretion of the NCRG board, a 19-member panel the gambling industry touts as balanced between industry and non-industry people. However, four of 10 non-industry representatives have financial ties to the industry that are not disclosed in NCRG publications or federal tax forms, the Globe found.” (Mishra, Raja, “Gambling Industry Link to Harvard Draws Questions,” Boston Globe, 11/6/04, p. A1)

According to its website, the HCRA "was launched in 1989 with the mission to promote public health by taking a broader view. By applying decision science to a wide range of risk issues, and by comparing various risk management strategies, HCRA hopes to empower informed public responses to health, safety and environmental challenges by identifying policies that will achieve the greatest benefits with the most efficient use of limited resources."  (; accessed 03/29/06)

HCRA Studies Supported by Industry Include:

The United States Tuna Foundation gave $500,000 for a 2005 study of the risks and benefits of hypothetical changes in fish consumption. (Am J Prev Med. 2005;29(4):325–34.; Burros, Marian, “Advisories on Fish and the Pitfalls of Good Intent,” The New York Times, 2/15/06, p. F5)

AT&T Wireless Services supported research on cell phone use while driving, later revised in a 2003 study. ( and Risk Anal. 2003;23(1):5-7.)

The North American Insulation Manufacturers Association helped fund a study on particulate matter that analyzed models measuring PM2.5. (Risk Anal. 2002;22(5):895-904.)

HCRA's 2004 Industry Sponsers include (unrestricted grants):

  • 3M
  • Aetna Life & Casualty Company
  • Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.
  • Alcoa Foundation
  • American Automobile Manufacturers Association
  • American Chemistry Council
  • American Crop Protection Association
  • American Medical Association
  • Education and Research Foundation
  • American Petroleum Institute
  • American Plastics Council
  • Amoco Corporation
  • ARCO Chemical Company
  • ASARCO Inc.
  • Ashland Inc. Foundation
  • Association of American Railroads
  • Astra AB
  • Astra-Merck
  • AstraZeneca AB
  • AstraZeneca R&D Molndal
  • AstraZeneca US
  • Atlantic Richfield Corporation
  • Aventis Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
  • Ayco
  • BASF
  • Bethlehem Steel Corporation
  • Boatmen's Trust
  • Boise Cascade Corporation
  • BP America Inc.
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb
  • Business Roundtable
  • Cabot Corporation Foundation
  • Carolina Power and Light
  • Cement Kiln Recycling Coalition
  • Center for Energy and Economic Development
  • Chemical Manufacturers Association
  • Chevron Research & Technology Company
  • ChevronTexaco
  • Chlorine Chemistry Council
  • CIBA-GEIGY Corporation
  • Ciba Geigy Limited
  • CITGO Petroleum Company
  • Coalition for Vehicle Choice
  • The Coca-Cola Company
  • Commonwealth Fund
  • Cytec Industries
  • Delphi Automotive Systems
  • Dow Chemical Company
  • DowElanco
  • DuPont Agricultural Products
  • Eastman Chemical Company
  • Eastman Kodak Company
  • Edison Electric Institute
  • E.I. DuPont de Nemours & Company
  • Electric Power Research Institute
  • Emerson Electric
  • Exxon Corporation
  • ExxonMobil Corporation
  • FBC Chemical Corporation
  • FMC Corporation
  • Ford Motor Company
  • Fort James Foundation
  • Frito-Lay
  • General Electric Fund
  • General Motors Corporation
  • The Geon Company
  • Georgia-Pacific Corporation
  • Glaxo-Wellcome, Inc.
  • Glaxo-Smithkline Beecham
  • The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
  • Grocery Manufacturers of America
  • Hoechst Celanese Corporation
  • Hoechst Marion Roussel
  • Hoffman-LaRoche Inc.
  • ICI Americas Inc.
  • Inland Steel Industries
  • International Paper
  • The James River Corporation Foundation
  • Janssen Pharmaceutica Research
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Kraft Foods
  • Louisiana Chemical Association
  • Lyondell Chemical Company
  • Mead Corporation Foundation
  • Medtronic
  • Merck & Company, Inc.
  • Merck Medco
  • Microban
  • Millenium Chemical Company
  • Mobil Foundation, Inc.
  • Monsanto Company
  • National Food Processors Association
  • National Rural Water Association
  • National Steel
  • New England Power Service -- New
  • England Electric System
  • Nippon Yakin Kogyo
  • North American Insulation
  • Manufacturers Association
  • NOVA Chemicals, Inc.
  • Novartis Corporation
  • Novartis International
  • Olin Corporation Charitable Trust
  • Oxford Oil
  • Oxygenated Fuels Association
  • Parke-Davis
  • PepsiCo Inc.
  • The Pittston Company
  • Pfizer, Inc.
  • Pharmacia Upjohn
  • Pharmacia Corporation
  • Potlatch Corporation
  • PPG
  • Praxair, Inc.
  • Procter & Gamble Company
  • Reynolds Metals Company Foundation
  • Rhone-Poulenc, Inc.
  • Roche Pharmaceuticals
  • Rohm and Haas Company
  • Schering-Plough Corporation
  • Shell Oil Company Foundation
  • Texaco Foundation
  • Union Carbide Foundation
  • Unocal
  • USX Corporation
  • Volvo
  • Warner-Lambert
  • Westinghouse Electric Corporation
  • Westvaco
  • WMX Technologies, Inc.
  • Wyeth-Ayerst Research
  • Zeneca
(; accessed 03/29/06)

HCRA's 2004 Industry Sponsers include (restricted grants):

  • American Chemistry Council
  • American Crop Protection Association
  • American Farm Bureau Federation
  • American Industrial Health Council
  • Astra Zeneca Pharmaceuticals
  • AT & T Wireless
  • Berlex Lab
  • California Avocado Commission
  • Chlorine Chemistry Council
  • Eli Lilly & Co.
  • Electric Power Research Institute
  • Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare, Inc.
  • Health Canada
  • National Association of Home Builders
  • National Food Processors Association Research Foundation
  • Office of Health Economics/PhRMA
  • Pfizer, Inc.
  • Roche Global Pharmacoeconomic Research
  • Schering Plough
  • Society of the Plastics, Inc.
  • Society for Risk Analysis
  • Styrene Information and Research Center
  • Wireless Technology Research Foundation
(; accessed 03/29/06)

Restricted grants (2000) include:

  • American Chemistry Council
  • American Crop Protection Association
  • American Industrial Health Council
  • AT & T Wireless
  • Brookings Institution
  • California Avocado Commission
  • Chemical Manufacturers Association
  • Chlorine Chemistry Council
  • Electric Power Research Institute
  • Health Canada
  • Health and Environmental Sciences Group
  • International Life Science Institute/Risk Science Institute
  • National Association of Home Builders
  • National Institute of Justice
  • National Research Council
  • Office of Health Economics
  • Pfizer, Inc.
  • Public Health Advisory Board
  • Roche Global Pharmacoeconomic Research
  • Wireless Technology Research Foundation

Unrestricted grants from companies (2000) include:

  • 3M
  • Amoco
  • ARCO
  • BASF
  • Coca-Cola
  • Dow Chemical Company
  • Eastman Chemical Company
  • Ford Motor Co.
  • Frito-Lay
  • General Motors
  • Grocery Manufacturers of America
  • Hoechst Celanese Corp.
  • Monsanto
  • Novartis
  • PepsiCo
  • Procter & Gamble
  • Zeneca

(; July 31, 2000; 1999-2000 Annual Report)

Documents from the litigation against tobacco companies indicate that John Graham, the founder of HCRA, solicited and received $25,000 from Philip Morris but returned the check, asking that it come from Kraft, a Philip Morris subsidiary. (Letter from John Graham to Philip Morris Corporate Scientific Affairs, 1/31/92; on file at CSPI)

According to the website, the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology established the Corporate Associates Program (CAP) in 1995, “to stimulate interactions between Harvard scientists and members of the biomedical industries around the world. The program, by creating closer ties between the academy and industry, promotes the shared goal of scientific excellence in biomedical research and its beneficial application.”

Current CAP Members (2002) include:

  • Abbott Bioresearch Center
  • Agilent Technologies
  • AstraZeneca
  • Biogen
  • Curis
  • Dupont Pharmaceuticals
  • Genetics Institute
  • Genzyme Transgenics
  • Infinity Pharmaceuticals
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • MedAbiliti Software
  • Merck & Co
  • NetGenics
  • Novartis
  • Pfizer
  • Proteome
  • Sequitur
  • Wyeth/Ayerst

(; accessed 7/31/03)

According to The Scientist, Merck made a yearly contribution of $1 million for a period of five years (1998-2003) to Harvard's ICCB and has pledged a “generous gift” to support continuing graduate education at Harvard. (The Scientist, 6/13/03)

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