Beverage and Bottled Water

 

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Companies at the top are the best, at the bottom the worst.

company
overall
ranking
environ-
ment
human
rights
labor
ethics &
governance
health &
safety
1 (tie)

n/i

n/i

n/i

D

n/i

1 (tie)

C

n/i

n/i

n/i

C

3

C-

C-

F

C

D

4

F

n/i

C

F

F

5

D

C-

F

F

F

6

F

F

F

F

F

Notes: Rankings proceed from top to bottom with companies at the top as more responsible within the industry and those at the bottom as the less responsible. Letter grades go in this order: A (best),B,C,D,F(worst) with plus (+) and minus (-). "n/i" means we don't have enough information to give a letter grade for that category. The color coding is another corporate responsibility indicator, in the order Green (best), Yellow, Orange, Red (worst). Companies in the green zone are sustainable and working towards creating a greener planet (most industries will not have companioes in the green zone as there are no companies that can be considered sustainable in that industry). Companies red zone have poor environmental and social responsibility records and should be avoided if possible. 'Orange' companies are not quite as bad as 'red' and ' yellow' zone are slightly better than orange. Orange and yellow companies have a ways to go before they can be considered green.

Fast facts about the beverage/bottled water industry



  • With more than 60 million bottles of water thrown away each day, and with 20 million barrels of oil used each year to make plastic bottles, the beverage bottled water industry among the most environmentally destructive industries. 
  • Industrial runoff from bottling facilities include petroleum-based substances that are damaging to the environment, animal life and human health, and many companies have been accused of diverting and selling water out of critical watershed areas.
  • The beverage industry had mislead consumers to believe that bottled water is healthier than tap water when in reality bottled water is less regulated than public water sources.
  • Moreover, soft drink companies target children and schools in their marketing, with vending machines available in schools throughout the nation.
  • Colombian workers at Coca-Cola bottling plants have had their safety threatened and even lost their lives for trying to unionize.
  • Take Action stop these abuses and make the industry answer for their actions. Visit Go Green to find tips on how to find sustainable beverages.