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• Coca-Cola produces a variety of popular drinks, from soda to bottled water, which are sold in virtually every region of the world.

• Labor unions have filed suits against Coca-Cola, alleging that in Colombia, workers at Coca-Cola bottling plants have had their safety threatened and even been murdered by Colombian paramilitaries for trying to unionize.

• Coke's bottled water operations have made it the focus of at least two international water rights campaigns, as the company continues high-volume pumping in areas where extreme shortages of potable water are already a problem.

• Coke continues to reject the call to use its wealth and international influence to set new standards for sustainability and respect for human rights in the countries where it operates.

• Check out Go Green to find sustainable alternatives to Coke's products.

-- Profile Updated 03/28/2011

About Coca-Cola


Coca-Cola manufactures ice cream, frozen deserts, flavored syrups, and its well-known line of carbonated beverages. Based in Atlanta, the company employs 71,000 people. Coca-Cola’s sales for 2006 were $24 billion.

Campaigns

India Resource Center Coke Campaign

India Resource Center is working to end Coke’s corporate abuses in India…

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India Resource Center is working to end Coke’s corporate abuses in India. Water shortages, pollution of groundwater and soil, exposure to toxic waste and pesticides is having impacts of massive proportions in India. Over 70 percent of the population makes a living related to agriculture, and thousands of farmers in India have been affected by Coca-Cola's practices. According to the India Resource Center, Coca-Cola has destroyed the livelihoods of thousands of people in India; however, the extent of the damage as a result from exposure to the toxic waste and pesticides is yet unknown.

India Resource Center needs increased public involvement to stop Coke’s abuses in India. Click on the URL to learn more and take action now.

www.indiaresource.org/news/2006/1071.html


Corporate Accountability International Water Campaign

Coke, Nestlé, and Pepsi are misleading consumers to believe that bottled water is healthier than tap water--but bottled water is actually less regulated than public water sources…

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Coke, Nestlé, and Pepsi are misleading consumers to believe that bottled water is healthier than tap water--but bottled water is actually less regulated than public water sources. Corporate Accountability International urges the public to tell Coke, Nestlé, and Pepsi to end the deceitful promotion of their bottled water brands and to stop interfering in policies that protect public water. Take action now by clicking on the URL below.

www.stopcorporateabusenow.org/campaign/exposebottledwater


Campaign to Stop Killer Coke

The campaign is working to stop the cycle of murders…

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The campaign is working to stop the cycle of murders, kidnappings and torture of SINALTRAINAL (National Union of Food Industry Workers) union leaders and organizers at Coca-Cola bottling plants in Colombia. Since 1989, eight union leaders have been killed. The campaign aims to force Coca-Cola to prevent further bloodshed and to provide safe working conditions.

www.killercoke.org


Affiliates

- 55th & 5th Avenue Corporation - New York, NY
- Aviation Department-Coca-Cola Company Inc. - Atlanta, GA
- Barlan Inc. - Atlanta, GA

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- Barlan Inc. - Atlanta, GA
- Bottling Investments Corp. - Atlanta, GA
- Caribbean Refrescos Inc. - Cidra, PR
- Cleveland Coca-Cola - Cleveland, TN
- Coca Cola de Chile, S.A. - Santiago, Chile
- Coca Cola Ltd - Toronto, Canada
- Coca-Cola Bottling (Luanda) - Luanda, Angola
- Coca-Cola Bottling Co Consolidated - Greenville, SC
- Coca-Cola Corporation - Atlanta, GA
- Coca-Cola de Espana - Madrid, Spain
- Coca-Cola Drikker A/S - Oslo, Norway
- Coca-Cola Enterprises - Atlanta, GA
- Coca-Cola Export Corp. - Atlanta, GA
- Coca-Cola Financial Corporation - Atlanta, GA
- Coca-Cola Fountain Inc. (Division) - Chesterfield, MO
- Coca-Cola Fountain Inc. (Division) - Irvine, CA
- Coca-Cola G.m.b.H. - Berlin, Germany
- Coca-Cola Great Britain & Ireland - London, United Kingdom
- Coca-Cola Holdings Overseas Ltd. - Atlanta, GA
- Coca-Cola Industrias Ltda. - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
- Coca-Cola Interamerican Corp. - Atlanta, GA
- Coca-Cola Interamerican Corporation - San Jose, Costa Rica
- Coca-Cola Ltd. - Halifax, Canada
- Coca-Cola Ltd. - Kelowna, Canada
- Coca-Cola Ltd. - Stellarton, Canada
- Coca-Cola Ltd. - Toronto, Canada
- Coca-Cola Ltd. - Trois Rivieres, Canada
- Coca-Cola Norge A/S - Loerenskog, Norway
- Coca-Cola North America (Division) - Houston, TX
- Coca-Cola North America - Allentown, PA
- Coca-Cola North America - Dunedin, FL
- Coca-Cola North America - Overland Park, KS
- Coca-Cola North Latin America - Mexico, Mexico
- Coca-Cola South Pacific, Ltd. - Sydney, Australia
- Coca-Cola Southern Africa (Pty) Ltd. - Johannesburg, South Africa
- Coca-Cola Trading Company - Atlanta, GA
- Coca-Cola USA - Atlanta, GA
- CTI Holdings Inc. - Atlanta, GA
- Inmex Corporation - Atlanta, GA
- Minute Maid Company Canada, Inc. - Peterborough, Canada
- Odwalla, Inc. (Unit) - Half Moon Bay, CA
- Schweppes Beverages - Watford, United Kingdom
- Soft Drink Services Company - Atlanta, GA
- The Coca-Cola Company - Atlanta, GA
- The Coca-Cola Company - Bellevue, WA
- The Coca-Cola Company - City of Industry, CA
- The Coca-Cola Company - Columbus, OH
- The Coca-Cola Company - Dallas, TX
- The Coca-Cola Company - Hollywood, FL
- The Coca-Cola Company - Houston, TX
- The Coca-Cola Company - Huachuca City, AZ
- The Coca-Cola Company - Naugatuck, CT
- The Coca-Cola Company - Ontario, CA
- The Coca-Cola Company - Plano, TX
- The Coca-Cola Company - Waltham, MA
- The Coca-Cola Company - Washington, DC
- The Coca-Cola Enterprises - Atlanta, GA
- The Coca-Cola Export Corporation - Atlanta, GA
- The Minute Maid Company - Paw Paw, MI

Contact Coca-Cola


Coca-Cola
Atlanta, GA 30313 USA

Phone: 404-676-2121

Web: www.cocacola.com

Alerts

Environment

Coca-Cola improves its energy consumption, greenhouse gas emissions and recycling program in order to work towards their 2020 goal…

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Coca-Cola improves its energy consumption, greenhouse gas emissions and recycling program in order to work towards their 2020 goals. Energy consumption was cut by 27 million kilowatts hours in 2009 by replacing equipment with more efficient appliances. The company has also lowered the amount of water per liter every year, lowering their total water consumption. For recycling, they have been able to reduce package material by 72,500 metric tons.

-- GreenBiz, 06/17/2010

Source URL: http://www.greenbiz.com/news/2010/06/17/coca-cola-sips-less-energy-and...


Health and Safety

The Kerala High Court overruled the southern state’s ban on Coca-Cola and Pepsi products on the basis that such a decision did not…

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The Kerala High Court overruled the southern state’s ban on Coca-Cola and Pepsi products on the basis that such a decision did not fall “within the legal powers that rest with the government.” The southern state of Kerala banned the sale of Coca-Cola and Pepsi products after the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) found high levels of pesticides and other hazardous chemicals in their products. Chief Minister VS Achuthanandan expressed great disappointment on this decision: "We hope the judges will hear our detailed arguments and correct their judgment, saving the health and lives of people.”

The state government of Kerala had banned the production and sale of Coca-Cola and Pepsi in early August 2006. Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan announced this decision in response to scientific studies, primarily by the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), revealing hazardous chemicals, such as lindane, chlorpyrifos, and heptachlor, in the companies’ products. The decision also comes in the wake of a four-year campaign by the community of Plachimada to permanently close the soft drink giants’ operations in the region. Coca-Cola and Pepsi are now being banned in government and educational institutions by several states in India, including Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Chattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat and Delhi. Regulations to govern consumer safety for soft drinks are underway in India.

On July 1, 2006 community leaders from Mehdiganj, India ended a seven day hunger strike protesting Coca-Cola’s bottling operations. Activists were asking that Coca-Cola take responsibility for the negative ramifications its bottling plant had on surrounding villages, including water shortages, pollution of agricultural land and groundwater, illegal occupation of land, tax evasion, and poor treatment of its workers. The Central Pollution Control Board of India (CPCB) has agreed to set up an inquiry regarding Coca Cola's role in water contamination. Nearly 1,000 people from over 40 surrounding villages attended events and activities in support of the campaign.

-- India Resource Center, 09/22/2006

Source URL: www.indiaresource.org/


The Centre for Science and Environment’s (CSE) comprehensive study, covering 25 different manufacturing plants over 12 Indian stat…

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The Centre for Science and Environment’s (CSE) comprehensive study, covering 25 different manufacturing plants over 12 Indian states, found dangerous levels of pesticides in all samples of the Coca-Cola and Pepsi products tested. On average, Coca-Cola drinks contained 27 times higher pesticide residues than the standards outlined by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS). According to CSE this poses serious health effects; even small doses of pesticides such as lindane, chlorpyrifos, and heptachlor, are known to cause cancer, neurological problems, and other health disorders.

-- Centre for Science and Environment, 08/02/2006

Source URL: www.cseindia.org/misc/cola-indepth/cola2006/pdf/cola-presentation.pdf


According to the India Resource Center’s June 2006 report “Ground Water Resources in Plachimada,” there are harmful long-term effe…

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According to the India Resource Center’s June 2006 report “Ground Water Resources in Plachimada,” there are harmful long-term effects to Coke’s operations, such as extreme water shortages, crop damage, contamination of soil and groundwater, and serious health problems for local villagers and former workers. All nine water samples, collected within a one kilometer radius of the plant, failed to meet the safety standards for drinking water as outlined by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) as the samples contained excessive levels of dangerous toxic chemicals. Coca-Cola has avoided answering to the Indian government and people on the issue of water contamination due to cadmium in the Plachimada plant’s sludge. Two previous orders by the Kerala Pollution Control Board were ignored: one called for Coke to build an effluent treatment facility to deal with wastewater, the other required the company to pipe potable water into communities for residents most vulnerable to water shortages.

Coca-Cola breached Indian law at its Plachimada bottling plant in southern India by continuing its “trial operations” on August 8, 2005. The Kerala State Pollution Control Board subsequently ordered Coke to "stop production of all kinds of products with immediate effect" at the plant on August 19. The Plachimada plant was originally pressured to stop operations in March 2004 due to complaints from the local community about pollution and an alarming loss of potable water.

In January 2004, the Indian parliament banned Coke and Pepsi products from being sold in its cafeteria. According to the non-profit group CorpWatch, "The ban came as the result of tests, including those by the Indian government, which found high concentrations of pesticides and insecticides, including lindane, DDT, malathion and chlorpyrifos, in the colas, making them unfit for consumption. Some samples tested showed the presence of these toxins to be more than 30 times the standard allowed by the European Union."

The India Resource Center also notes that Coca-Cola was implicated in a bribery scandal involving Kerala Pollution Control Board member K.V. Indulal. In 2003, Mr. Indulal maintained that the level of pollution coming from Coke’s bottling plant in Plachimada met acceptable standards. Shortly thereafter, the BBC and the Kerala Pollution Control Board launched separate investigations, both of which found environmental conditions beyond tolerable levels.

Read Coke's response.

-- India Resource Center, 06/01/2006

Source URL: www.indiaresource.org/


According to CorpWatch, CocaCola used pesticide-contaminated water in its bottling plants in India.…

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According to CorpWatch, CocaCola used pesticide-contaminated water in its bottling plants in India. Additionally, the company laces the beverages its sells in India with large doses of caffeine, which is known to be addictive, without citing it on the labels. The Indian group, Centre for Science and Environment, reportedly demanded that Coca-Cola display labels with "advisory statements to the effect that the beverage contains caffeine and the same is not recommended for children, pregnant or lactating women and individuals sensitive to caffeine."

Read Coke's response to the accusation that there are pesticides in its beverages.

-- CorpWatch, 02/06/2004

Source URL: www.corpwatch.org/article.php?id=9874


Environment

In June 2007 a research team from the India Resource Center visited a Coca-Cola bottling plant in Sinhachawar, only to find that w…

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In June 2007 a research team from the India Resource Center visited a Coca-Cola bottling plant in Sinhachawar, only to find that wastewater and hazard waste was being pumped into the nearby farm fields and a local canal that pumps into the river Ganges. The Central Pollution Control Board of India had already asked Coca-Cola to clean up 8 of their plant sites in 2003.

-- India Resource Center, 06/04/2007

Source URL: www.indiaresource.org/news/2007/1046.html


A 2006 report by the Container Recycling Institute and As You Sow grades America’s top beverage companies on their efforts to use …

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A 2006 report by the Container Recycling Institute and As You Sow grades America’s top beverage companies on their efforts to use recycled content, increase recovery and recycling, and reduce the amount of material used to bottle their beverages. Coca-Cola received an overall grade of C with a 2.1 GPA (on a 4.0 scale). Coca-Cola received a D for recycled content, C+ for recovery & recycling, and B for source reduction. Although Coke did use 10 percent recycled plastic in 2005, it has not committed to continuing this practice in the future. In December 1990, Coca-Cola and Pepsi both committed to using plastic beverage bottles with 25 percent recycled plastic, but the commitment was never actually fulfilled.

-- Container Recycling Institute, 10/01/2006

Source URL: www.asyousow.org/publications/2006_BevScorecard.pdf


At the 2006 shareholder meeting, the As You Sow Foundation is calling on Coca-Cola to "review the efficacy of its container recycl…

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At the 2006 shareholder meeting, the As You Sow Foundation is calling on Coca-Cola to "review the efficacy of its container recycling program and prepare a report to shareholders, by September 1, 2006, on a recycling strategy that includes a publicly stated, quantitative goal for enhanced rates of beverage container recovery in the U.S. The report, to be prepared at reasonable cost, may omit confidential information."

-- Interfaith Center for Corporate Responsibility, 05/01/2006

Source URL: www.iccr.org


In July 2003 a BBC investigation revealed dangerous levels of toxic metals and a known carcinogen, cadmium, in a waste product fro…

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In July 2003 a BBC investigation revealed dangerous levels of toxic metals and a known carcinogen, cadmium, in a waste product from the company's plant in Kerala India and which the company had given to local farmers to use as fertilizer. The BBC radio show "Face The Facts" took water samples from the wells surrounding the company and had the fertiliser analyzed in Britain. Analysis conducted at the University of Exeter revealed that not only was it useless as a fertiliser but it contained a number of toxic metals, including cadmium and lead. The water in near-by wells also had levels of lead "well above those set by the World Health Organisation," the BBC said.

The plant had also come under attack from local community members because of its use of water resources. In April the Kerala government revoked the water-use permit of the plant because of fears that the exploitation of groundwater would lead to serious ecological damage and drought. A Parliament member from a local district warned that disruption of water supplies could affect not just drinking water but also irrigation in an area known for its rice paddies. Since May 2002 there have been daily pickets outside the plant. Coke denied the charges and insist that groundwater levels have not been affected by it facility. The revocation was overturned in court.

-- BBC News, 07/24/2003

Source URL: www.bbc.co.uk/pressoffice/pressreleases/stories/2003/07_july/24/face_f...


The Supreme Court of Panama issued a $300,000 fine to Coca-Cola for a massive chemical coloring spill in the Bay of Panama and a n…

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The Supreme Court of Panama issued a $300,000 fine to Coca-Cola for a massive chemical coloring spill in the Bay of Panama and a nearby river. According to Panama's National Environmental Authority, 4,500 liters of red dye spilled from a Coke processing facility which turned a portion of the bay and river red, though the spill had no lasting effects on animal or plant life in the bay.

-- Associated Press, 05/08/2003

Source URL: none available


Human Rights

In July 2001, the International Labor Rights Fund and United Steelworkers filed a lawsuit against two Coca–Cola bottlers in Colomb…

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In July 2001, the International Labor Rights Fund and United Steelworkers filed a lawsuit against two Coca–Cola bottlers in Colombia accusing the plants of hiring paramilitary groups to kill labor union organizers. In 2003, the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida dismissed the case due to a lack of jurisdiction. The ILRF and USW brought a new complaint against Coca-Cola and its Latin American Bottler, Coca-Cola FEMSA in June 2006. The US District Judge Jose E. Martinez dismissed the case stating a lack of evidence linking the murders of union leaders to an alleged conspiracy between paramilitaries and bottling plant officials in September. Sinaltrainal, the major Colombian labor union involved in the allegations, is appealing the ruling to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta. Legal proceedings against Coca-Cola in Colombian courts have all been shelved; no entity has yet been held responsible for the killings.

-- Associated Press, 11/02/2006

Source URL: www.lexis.com/research/retrieve?_m=13f2339a7a7c0af97a8c37e873e97efa&do...


At the 2006 shareholder meeting, the New York City Employees Retirement System and Presbyterian Church are calling on Coke to "est…

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At the 2006 shareholder meeting, the New York City Employees Retirement System and Presbyterian Church are calling on Coke to "establish a special committee of independent directors, with authority to retain independent experts as needed, to oversee the company’s sponsorship of an independent delegation of inquiry to Colombia to examine the charges of collusion in anti-union violence that have been made against officials of Coca-Cola’s bottling plants in that country; and that the delegation includes representatives from U.S. and Columbian human rights organizations and be charged with preparing and presenting to the special committee and the Board a report on its findings, which will be made available to the shareholders by the next annual meeting of the Company."

-- Interfaith Center for Corporate Responsibility, 05/01/2006

Source URL: www.iccr.org


The London-based anti-poverty group, War on Want, released a new 'alternative report' on Coca-Cola, exposing the company's abuse o…

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The London-based anti-poverty group, War on Want, released a new 'alternative report' on Coca-Cola, exposing the company's abuse of human rights and natural resources in Mexico, El Salvador, India, Guatemala, Colombia and Turkey. Cited abuses include suppressing unions, toxic dumping on agricultural lands, and exhausting water resources for its bottling operations.

-- War on Want, 03/20/2006

Source URL: www.waronwant.org/?lid=11807


Lawyers representing thousands of apartheid victims at an appeal hearing in New York will revive 2002 compensation claims against …

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Lawyers representing thousands of apartheid victims at an appeal hearing in New York will revive 2002 compensation claims against foreign multinationals they accuse of aiding and abetting apartheid violence. Implicated corporations include BP, Barclays, Hewlett-Packard, Credit Suisse, Coca-Cola, DaimlerChrysler, Ford and Shell Oil. The plaintiffs and some 29 civil society groups and individuals allege that companies that supported the apartheid state violated the Sullivan code and US's constructive engagement policy designed to fight discrimination. Violations involved such activities as providing the regime with armored vehicles for patrolling townships, and creating the pass book which non-whites were required to carry to authorize their passage in otherwise white areas.

-- Independent Online, 01/22/2006

Source URL: www.int.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=14&click_id=6&art_id=vn200601221137...


Ethics and Governance

On March 1st, 2011, Coca-Cola announced that is will buy the organic beverage company Honest Tea.…

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On March 1st, 2011, Coca-Cola announced that is will buy the organic beverage company Honest Tea. Co-founder Seth Goldman will continue to operate the brand as an independent business and will retain a stake in a company through reinvestment. Honest Tea has grown substantially since Coke’s initial investment, becoming available in 70,000 outlets across the country and generating over $71 million in gross sales last year. However, some fans fear Coke will rule the brand, as it has garnered its reputation for using healthy, natural ingredients and engaging in socially responsible practices, such as establishing tea garden cooperatives in developing nations.

-- Washington Post, 03/01/2011

Source URL: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/03/01/AR2011...


Coca-Cola is the focus of criticism for targeting children and schools with their aggressive marketing campaigns.…

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Coca-Cola is the focus of criticism for targeting children and schools with their aggressive marketing campaigns. Coke secures exclusive distribution rights in schools across the country by pressuring institutions with greater budgetary needs. The corporation unabashedly waves advertising dollars in the face of school districts to gain visibility and lock young consumers into a life of brand loyalty to Coca-Cola. By cornering the market, opposition groups claim that children are not given any healthy options to choose from. As of 2005, a handful of school districts and universities have successfully broken from commitments to exclusively sell Coke products on their campuses. Some of these schools include the following: Bard College, New York; Carleton College, Minnesota; Lake Forest College, Illinois; National College of Art and Design, Ireland; Trinity College, Ireland; University College, Dublin; Salem State College; College Dupage (Illinois); Oberlin College (Ohio); New York University; Smith College (Massachusetts); Manchester University (UK); Rutgers University (New Jersey).

-- Polaris Institute, 11/15/2006

Source URL: www.polarisinstitute.org/australia_coca_cola_attacked_over_jamboree_sp...


In Mexico, the National Council to Prevent Discrimination criticized Pepsi, Coca-Cola, and Shell for unfair hiring practices.…

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In Mexico, the National Council to Prevent Discrimination criticized Pepsi, Coca-Cola, and Shell for unfair hiring practices. A Coca-Cola Femsa route driver ad specifically sought male candidates, ages 25 to 30, with a minimum height of 5 feet 9 inches tall, weight between 154 and 176 pounds, and good presentation. Coca-Cola Femsa, Mexico’s largest bottling company, is partially owned by Coca-Cola Co. A spokesman from the Coca-Cola affiliate responded that the company did not discriminate on the basis of age, gender, race, religion, disability or other factors.

-- Los Angeles Times, 10/23/2006

Source URL: http://www.jobbankusa.com/News/Jobs/mexico_job_requirements.html


KLD Research & Analytics Inc has removed Coca-Cola from its Broad Market Social Index (BMSI), a listings of companies which pass K…

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KLD Research & Analytics Inc has removed Coca-Cola from its Broad Market Social Index (BMSI), a listings of companies which pass KLD’s standard for corporate responsibility. Large institutional investors will ban Coca-Cola from its CREF Social Choice Account. As of December 2005, the CREF Choice Account held more than 1.25 million shares of Coca-Cola common stock, valued at over $50 million.

-- Common Dreams Newswire, 07/18/2006

Source URL: www.commondreams.org/news2006/0718-22.htm


Coca-Cola allegedly conspired with the government of Uzbekistan against Mansur Maqsudi’s company after he fell out of favor with t…

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Coca-Cola allegedly conspired with the government of Uzbekistan against Mansur Maqsudi’s company after he fell out of favor with the nation’s authoritarian ruler Islam Karimov. The arbitration claim seeks more than $100 million in damages, claiming that Coca-Cola actively aided Karimov’s government in stripping Mr. Maqsudi of his majority share in Coke’s bottling facility in Tashkent.

-- CorpWatch, 06/13/2006

Source URL: www.corpwatch.org/article.php?id=13721


Danone Waters North America, now fully-owned by Coke, has partnered with the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) to pro…

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Danone Waters North America, now fully-owned by Coke, has partnered with the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) to promote fluorinated bottled water for children. The Center for Science in the Public Interest has expressed concerns that the AAPD is endorsing Coca-Cola, "a company whose products cause tooth decay, obesity, and other health problems in children."

-- Polaris Institute, 04/20/2006

Source URL: www.polarisinstitute.org


In 2006, E. Neville Isdell, Chairman and CEO of Coca-Cola Company, earned $32,335,424 in total compensation according to the Secur…

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In 2006, E. Neville Isdell, Chairman and CEO of Coca-Cola Company, earned $32,335,424 in total compensation according to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and $26,260,912 according to the AFL-CIO's calculations.

-- AFL-CIO, 04/05/2006

Source URL: www.aflcio.org/corporatewatch/paywatch/ceou/database.cfm?tkr=KO&pg=1


In August of 2005, Coca-Cola settled a discrimination lawsuit regarding its hiring practices in Harahan, Louisiana.…

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In August of 2005, Coca-Cola settled a discrimination lawsuit regarding its hiring practices in Harahan, Louisiana. The Labor Department found that Coke’s hiring standards were not uniformly applied, resulting in 800 women and minorities being unfairly bypassed for merchandiser positions. Coke promotes itself as an equal opportunity employer, however an investigation by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs proved otherwise in the cases of these men and women. The company settled on paying $340,000 in back wages to those subjected to hiring discrimination, and has agreed to hire 42 of the women and minority applicants who were originally rejected.

-- Associated Press, 08/11/2005

Source URL: none available


Coke, Danone, Pepsi and Nestle were the major targets of a 2005 Polaris Institute report exposing the darker side of the water ind…

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Coke, Danone, Pepsi and Nestle were the major targets of a 2005 Polaris Institute report exposing the darker side of the water industry. “Inside the Bottle: An Exposé of the Bottled Water Industry” highlights the abuses of these corporations, ranging from fraudulent advertising and ruthless water privatization to the distribution of unsafe water. These companies dominate the world’s bottled water market.

-- Polaris Institute, 01/01/2005

Source URL: www.polarisinstitute.org


In January 2004 Coca-Cola announced that it was being investigated by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) over allegation…

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In January 2004 Coca-Cola announced that it was being investigated by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) over allegations against the company in a wrongful-termination lawsuit. The investigation stems from a lawsuit filed by a former finance director in Coke's fountain division who accused the company of committing $2 billion in accounting fraud, discriminating against minorities and women and manipulating inventories.

-- SocialFunds.com, 07/23/2004

Source URL: none available


In October 2003, Coca-Cola paid $540,000 to former finance manager, Matthew Whitley, an employee who claimed the company inflated …

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In October 2003, Coca-Cola paid $540,000 to former finance manager, Matthew Whitley, an employee who claimed the company inflated its profits and knowingly sold contaminated drinks. Whitley, who lost his job one month after making “whistleblowing allegations,” sued Coca-Cola for unfair dismissal. That same year, an Iranian court levied a $7.15 million dollar fine against the Coca-Cola Company for violating its contract with an Iranian soft drinks counterpart, Nushab Soft Drinks Company. Chairman of the Iranian company accused Coca Cola of using the United States’ sanctions against Iran as pretext for suspending the investments specified in their contract with Nushab.

-- BBC News, 10/08/2003

Source URL: none available


In 2002, nine former and current Coca-Cola workers filed three class-action lawsuits against the company claiming it bilked worker…

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In 2002, nine former and current Coca-Cola workers filed three class-action lawsuits against the company claiming it bilked workers out of $200 million in pay over a four year period. In the lawsuits, workers alleged the company had managers manipulate an electronic timekeeping system and to eliminate overtime hours worked by merchandisers. Other workers claimed they were harassed out of claiming overtime hours by managers, who would berate and belittle them. In 2001 Coca-Cola paid $20.2 million to settle a lawsuit filed by salaried employees claiming they were cheated out of overtime pay.

-- Reuters, 12/04/2002

Source URL: none available


In 2002, Coca-Cola was among the first companies to deduct the value of executive stock options as an expense.…

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In 2002, Coca-Cola was among the first companies to deduct the value of executive stock options as an expense. The action was taken in response to increasing public demands for clear and complete financial statements. Prior to the corporate accounting scandals many companies relied heavily on options to compensate executives but did not deducted them as expenses. Analysts blame the use of large numbers of options that aren't reflected in earnings for creating incentives for executives to artificially inflate stock prices.

-- San Jose Mercury News, 08/06/2002

Source URL: none available


In May 2002, Coca-Cola agreed to pay $8.1 million to more than 2,000 female employees who were underpaid by the company.…

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In May 2002, Coca-Cola agreed to pay $8.1 million to more than 2,000 female employees who were underpaid by the company. Forty-two million will be paid under an agreement the company struck with the U.S. Department of Labor and will go to 980 current and former employees in Coke's Atlanta-based corporate operations, mostly in professional-level jobs. An additional $3.9 million will be paid voluntarily by the company to 1,100 current and former female employees in Coke's North America operations.

-- Savannah Morning News, 05/26/2002

Source URL: none available


Labor

Coca-Cola workers in Turkey and Indonesia have had to face mass firings for their efforts to improve labor conditions.…

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Coca-Cola workers in Turkey and Indonesia have had to face mass firings for their efforts to improve labor conditions. Employees of at least two of Coke’s bottling facilities in Turkey have found themselves jobless after openly working to initiate union activity. When workers protested the firings, they were met with police violence. Turkish laborers and their family members were attacked by police again while in the midst of talks with the management at one plant.

In Indonesia, Coca-Cola is PT United Can Company’s largest and most important customer. Therefore, when the packaging company decided to intimidate 48 workers for openly forming a union, Coke could rightfully have intervened, using economic incentives to get PT to act ethically. The 12 leaders of unionization efforts have been fired, and the other continue to be harassed by PT management. Coca-Cola has yet to take action or make a statement regarding the ill treatment of workers.

-- United Students Against Sweatshops (USAS), 07/28/2005

Source URL: www.killercoke.org/usaspotter.htm


In October 2002, AIDS activists worldwide planned demonstrations and rallies to protest Coca-Cola, which they insisted must do mor…

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In October 2002, AIDS activists worldwide planned demonstrations and rallies to protest Coca-Cola, which they insisted must do more to help and treat HIV-infected workers and their families in Africa. Although the company had recently increased its benefits to provide anti-retroviral drugs to employees and spouses of its bottling companies in Africa, activists allege that the initiative will cover only 35 percent of Coke's bottler workforce in Africa and that its proposed 50 percent cost-sharing scheme will be too expensive for small and medium-sized bottlers.

-- OneWorld.net, 10/17/2002

Source URL: www.oneworld.net


Ethics and Governance

Coca-Cola was named as one of the "Worst Corporations of 2004" by Multinational Monitor.…

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Coca-Cola was named as one of the "Worst Corporations of 2004" by Multinational Monitor. The company was named to the list for the "extensive documentation of rampant violence committed against Coke's unionized workforce by paramilitary forces." The publication cites an April 2004 report from a delegation headed by New York City Council Member Hiram Monserrate that says, "To date, there have been a total of 179 major human rights violations of Coca-Cola's workers, including nine murders. Family members of union activists have been abducted and tortured. Union members have been fired for attending union meetings…Most troubling to the delegation were the persistent allegations that paramilitary violence against workers was done with the knowledge of and likely under the direction of company managers…Shockingly, company officials admitted to the delegation that they had never investigated the ties between plant managers and paramilitaries."

-- Multinational Monitor, 12/01/2004

Source URL: www.multinationalmonitor.org/mm2004/122004/mokhiber.html