Given that noncommunicable diseases contribute to over 70% of global deaths each year and efforts to address this epidemic are complicated by the presence of powerful corporate actors, a new review explores and synthetizes existing evidence of the strategies used to advocate corporate interests across industries.   

The questions posed to conduct the research were:

  • Is there an emergent taxonomy of strategies used by the tobacco, alcohol and sugar-sweetened beverage (SSB) industries to expand corporate autonomy?
  • How are these strategies similar and how are they different?

The analysis found out that the industry uses six main strategies to expand corporate autonomy. To resist efforts in being controlled, the industry:

– influences government policy makers and implementation

– challenges unfavorable science

– creates a positive image

– manipulates markets

– sets legal challenges

– anticipates future scenarios

Based on these findings, the authors suggest generating consensus about how to ethically engage or not with industries that produce unhealthy commodities. Most importantly, the claim that based on this analysis, public health advocates should work on reducing consumption and deaths from harmful commodities.

Hoe, C., Weiger, C., Minosa, M. K. R., Alonso, F., Koon, A. D., & Cohen, J. E. (2022). Strategies        to expand corporate autonomy by the tobacco, alcohol and sugar-sweetened beverage      industry: a scoping review of reviews. Globalization and Health, 18(17), 1-13.

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