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Human Rights Statement

Human Rights Statement

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 Coca-Cola Company joined the Business Leaders Initiative on Human Rights (BLIHR), a network of 11 multinational companies focused on identifying practical ways of applying human rights principles within the business context.

• 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 2011, we updated our Manager's Guide on Implementing the Human Rights Statement and Workplace Rights Policy, adding new guidance regarding hate speech, indigenous peoples and other matters.

• 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.

• In 2012, we upgraded our Supplier Guiding Principles to encompass all Human Rights.

• Also in 2012, we launched our Global Mutual Respect Policy and in 2013 we launched corresponding training for all employees on “Building an Environment of Respect.”

• In 2012, we piloted a program called “Pass it Back” and began to integrate respect for human rights and protection of workplace rights across our supply chain.  The aim of the program is to share our knowledge and best practices related to human and workplace rights with key suppliers and then work with them to “pass it back” across their supply chains, sharing what they've learned with their own suppliers

• In 2013, prior to re-entering Myanmar, we conducted the most comprehensive human rights due diligence process in our recent history to ensure that human rights are respected as we began production at two bottling plants in the country – the beginning of $200 million in investments planned over the next five years that we estimate will create more than 22,000 job opportunities.  Our due diligence process included, among many other aspects, extensive local stakeholder engagement and a thorough review of human rights issues in the bottling plants we acquired, in the local supply chain and throughout the country as a whole.

• In 2013, we developed several human rights-related due diligence checklists for use across our Company. These easy-to-use, two-page checklists cover such topics as migrant labor, child labor and plant siting,  and offer clear steps managers can take immediately—not only to comply with our policies, but also to integrate an ongoing and reflexive respect for human and workplace rights that is inseparable from our daily operations.

• In 2013, we became an early company member of the UN Global Compact Child Labour Platform, focused on an exchange of experience, particularly in supply chains, and the identification of good practices and multistakeholder approaches to eliminate child labor.

Serving as a Convener on Human Rights issues

During the past six 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:

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