The reputation of The
Coca-Cola Company is built on trust and respect.
We are committed to earning that trust with a set of values that represent the highest standards of quality, integrity and excellence. Our Human Rights Statement establishes a foundation for managing our business around the world in accordance with these high standards.
Our Human Rights Statement is guided by the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights, the ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work and related international covenants. While governments are responsible for protecting human rights through legal frameworks, businesses have a corporate responsibility to respect all human rights. Our Human Rights Statement recognizes this commitment.
Engaging with Human Rights Experts:
We are continually advancing our understanding of human rights by engaging with experts in the field and with our peer companies.
• In 2007, The
• In 2009, we became a founding member of the Global Business Initiative on Human Rights (GBIHR), a business-led project that aims to bring more companies in emerging markets into the dialogue on human rights in business.
• Also in 2009, we asked the Danish Institute for Human Rights to conduct a human rights gap analysis of all of our global policies which resulted in an update of our human rights training and messages from our Chairman and CEO and our Chief People Officer on the corporate responsibility to all respect human rights.
• In addition, we joined 17 companies in launching the UN Global Compact LEAD program in 2011, which challenges Compact members to achieve a blueprint for sustainable corporate responsibility.
• Also in 2011, we were the first company to participate in an assessment as part of an International Labor Organization (ILO) and International Organization of Employers (IOE) project to provide guidance for companies on how to help eliminate child labor in their operations and throughout their supply chains.
• In 2012, we expanded our Global / Local Strategy to address Child Labor in Agriculture, incorporating input from the ILO / IOE project.
• In 2012, we participated in a collaborative session with five other multinational companies organized by Shift on the topic of "Embedding Respect for Human Rights within a Company's Operations."
• In 2012, we became a founding company of the Global Business Coalition Against Human Trafficking (gBCAT), a coalition of companies from diverse industries dedicated to the eradication of human trafficking in all its forms.
Serving as a Convener on Human Rights issues
In recent years we have hosted annual forums to address issues related to human rights. These forums are sponsored by the United States Council for International Business, International Organization of Employers and the Chamber of Commerce and in collaboration with the International Labor Organization. The forums have engaged the business community on topics including forced labor, child labor and business and human rights.
Conferences hosted by TCCC to engage business on Human Rights issues:
- Addressing the Hard Issues: Myanmar, Human Trafficking, Conflict Minerals, Supply Chain, Guiding Principles Best Practice (2013)
- Addressing Human Trafficking in Labor Sourcing (2012)
Implementing Respect for Human Rights (2011)
Addressing Respect for Human Rights (2010)
Addressing Child Labor (2009)
Addressing Forced Labor (2008)
Download our Human Rights Statement (PDF)