|Boycotts ||Boycotts (Miscellaneous) || ||An international boycott of the Coca-Cola Company has been in place since July 2003, calling for accountability for human rights abuses, including murder, of trade union workers in Colombia. || ||Coca-Cola Company |
|Boycotts ||Boycotts (Miscellaneous) || ||In India, Coca Cola has caused severe water shortages, polluted groundwater and soil around its bottling plant, distributed its toxic waste as 'fertiliser' to local farmers and sold drinks with extremely high levels of pesticides. || ||Coca-Cola Company |
|Environmental :: Water ||Stop Corporate Abuse || ||Coke has been criticised for the promotion of bottled water and undermining local control of water supplies in communities by turning water into a profit driven commodity. ||May 17, 2011 ||Coca-Cola Company |
|Corporate Governance :: Greenwash ||Consumers International || ||Named in Consumers International's International Bad Product Awards 2007 for continuing the international marketing of its bottled water, Dasani, despite admitting it comes from the same sources as local tap water. ||June 6, 2007 ||Coca-Cola Company |
| ||Knowmore.org Profile || ||Knowmore.org is a wiki based amalgamated research site raising awareness of corporate abuse and ethical consumerism. Follow source link for further information on this company's histroy and involvements. || ||Coca-Cola Company |
|Amalgamated Research ||UN Global Compact participant || ||The United Nations Global Compact asks companies to embrace, support and enact, within their sphere of influence, a set of 10 values in the areas of human rights, labour standards, the environment, and anti-corruption. However it's non-binding nature has been widely criticised, and many signatory corporations continue to violate the Compact's values. ||May 17, 2011 ||Coca-Cola Company |
|Social :: Land ||Oxfam || ||The Oxfam Behind the Brands scorecard measures whether companies have put in place policies to ensure their supply chains are free from „land grabs‟. This includes policies that promote free, prior and informed consent through the entire supply chain and insists on zero tolerance for those suppliers who obtain land through violations of land rights and land tenure. ||Feb. 26, 2013 ||Coca-Cola Company |
|Social :: Gender Equality ||Oxfam || ||The Behind the Brands scorecard examines whether the policies of the
Big 10 promote women‟s welfare and encourage their inclusion in the
food supply chain on equal terms. The scorecard also looks for policies which guarantee a discrimination-free workplace. ||Feb. 26, 2013 ||Coca-Cola Company |
|Social :: Supply Chain Policy ||Oxfam || ||The Behind the Brand scorecard assesses how the Big 10s policies ensure that those who feed the world don‟t go hungry themselves. The scorecard looks for policies which guarantee small farms access to company supply chains on equitable terms, allow farmers to earn a decent income, and channel investments to them (such as agricultural services, credit and inputs) which boost productivity. It also assesses the commitment of companies to ensure that supply chains comply with sustainable production standards, including Fairtrade, Utz Certified and Rainforest Alliance. ||Feb. 26, 2013 ||Coca-Cola Company |
|Social :: Labour Rights ||Oxfam || ||The Behind the Brands scorecard assesses whether business policies enforce fair working conditions along the supply chain, allowing farm workers to organize and access grievance procedures and ensuring that agricultural workers earn enough to meet the basic needs of their families (a 'living wage'). ||Feb. 26, 2013 ||Coca-Cola Company |
|Environmental :: Climate Change ||Oxfam || ||The Behind the Brands scorecard looks for company policies which lead in mitigating harmful GHG emissions as well as assessing and implementing long term solutions to changes already in motion. ||Feb. 26, 2013 ||Coca-Cola Company |
|Corporate Governance :: Reporting ||Oxfam || ||Given their powerful role in advising governments on how to regulate the global food system, company lobbying efforts and financial contributions to governments must also be made public.The Behind the Brands scorecard assesses the extent to which companies readily make this information available. ||Feb. 26, 2013 ||Coca-Cola Company |
|Environmental :: Water ||Oxfam || ||The Behind the Brands scorecard assesses policies which demonstrate a company's commitment to respecting the human right to water, to disclosing and reducing water use and discharges throughout its operations, and to better managing the use of water from water-stressed regions. ||Feb. 26, 2013 ||Coca-Cola Company |
|Amalgamated Research ||ethicalconsumer.org || ||A profile on this company can be seen at 'Ethiscore' website. Follow source link for details on company record and involvements. ||May 13, 2011 ||Coca-Cola Company |
|Social :: Human Rights ||Global Exchange || ||Human Rights Abuses: violent killings, kidnap and torture, water privatization, health violations, and discriminatory practices
Coca-Cola Company is perhaps the most widely recognized corporate symbol on the planet. The company also leads in the abuse of workers' rights, assassinations, water privatization, and worker discrimination. Between 1989 and 2002, eight union leaders from Coca-Cola bottling plants in Colombia were killed after protesting the company's labor practices. Hundreds of other Coca-Cola workers who have joined or considered joining the Colombian union SINALTRAINAL have been kidnapped, tortured, and detained by paramilitaries who intimidate workers to prevent them from unionizing. In Turkey, 14 Coca-Cola truck drivers and their families were beaten severely by Turkish police hired by the company, while protesting a layoff of 1,000 workers from a local bottling plant in 2005.
In India, Coca-Cola destroys local agriculture by privatizing the country's water resources. In Plachimada, Kerala, Coca-Cola extracted 1.5 million liters of deep well water, which they bottled and sold under the names Dasani and BonAqua. The groundwater was severely depleted, affecting thousands of communities with water shortages and destroying agricultural activity. As a result, the remaining water became contaminated with high chloride and bacteria levels, leading to scabs, eye problems, and stomach aches in the local population. Water shortages have occurred in Varanasi, Thane, and Tamil Nadu as well. The company is also guilty of reselling its plants' industrial waste to farmers as fertilizers, despite its containing hazardous lead and cadmium.
Coca-Cola is one of the most discriminatory employers in the world. In the year 2000, 2,000 African-American employees in the U.S. sued the company for race-based disparities in pay and promotions. In México, Coca-Cola FEMSA, the largest Coca-Cola bottler in Latin America, fired a senior bottling manager for being gay. Finally, by regularly denying health insurance to employees and their families, Coca Cola has failed to help stop the spread of AIDS in Africa. The company is one of the continent's largest private employers, yet only partially covers expensive medicines, while not covering generic medicines at all. ||Dec. 2, 2007 ||Coca-Cola Company |
|Animal Issues :: Animal Testing ||People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals || ||Just weeks after Pepsi announced that it would stop testing on animals, Coca-Cola has sent a letter to PETA announcing that it will no longer fund or conduct animal experiments. Coke had something of a history of invasive animal experimentation—including cutting open chimpanzees’ faces in order to conduct taste tests and force-feeding chemicals to rodents to test “caramel color”—so this compassionate decision by the company is a huge step forward, and it sends a powerful message to all companies that still test on animals about how a responsible, progressive company does business. ||May 31, 2007 ||Coca-Cola Company |
|Social :: Human Rights ||100% on Corporate Equality Index || ||Company listed under the Food & Beverages category. ||Jan. 1, 2011 ||Coca-Cola Company |
| ||ClimateCounts.org || ||Climate Counts compares companies on their commitment to tackling global warming.
Change from previous year's score: +1
Review: 17/22 points. Coca-Cola has been measuring its companywide impact on global warming since at least 2002.
Reduce: 32/56 points. Coca-Cola has established clear goals to reduce the company's energy use, and the company has reduced its impact on global warming (i.e., its greenhouse gas emissions or climate footprint). The company has also worked to foster climate awareness among consumers, employees, and other businesses.
Policy Stance: 8/10 points. Coca-Cola has distinguished itself by strongly advocating for comprehensive public policy that addresses climate change and would lead to market-wide reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and the growth of renewable energy capacity.
Report: 10/12 points. Coca-Cola has made public information available on its companywide efforts to address global warming. ||May 12, 2011 ||Coca-Cola Company |
|Social :: Human Rights ||100% on Corporate Equality Index || ||Coca-Cola Co. are list as best practice on report card on the 2009 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality in corporate America. ||Jan. 1, 2009 ||Coca-Cola Company |