An essential ingredient in every one of our products is our profound commitment to human rights and workplace rights. Respecting human and workplace rights is fundamental to our culture and imperative for a sustainable business. In our Company and across our system, we are working to make sure all people are treated with dignity and respect.
We consider human and
workplace rights—as articulated in the United Nations
Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International
Labour Organization's Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work—to
be inviolable. We take a proactive approach to respecting these rights in every
workplace of The
In 2011, the UN Human Rights Council adopted the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, which provide guidance for addressing the risk of adverse impacts on human rights linked to business activity. We formally endorsed those principles after working for several years with Professor John Ruggie, the former UN Special Representative for Business and Human Rights. His “Protect, Respect and Remedy” framework for respecting human rights in a business context, along with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, are now among our primary touchstones as we develop our own programs and practices.
According to the Principles, any company implementing respect for human rights in a corporate context must put three primary components into place:
- A policy commitment to meet the responsibility to respect human rights;
- A due diligence process to identify, prevent, mitigate and be accountable for human rights abuses; and
- Processes to enable the remediation of any adverse human rights impacts the Company causes or to which it contributes.
We are implementing all three of these components in our Company and are working with our bottling partners and suppliers to help them implement the Principles as well.
The foundation of our approach lies in four key documents: Our Human Rights Statement; our Workplace Rights Policy; our Supplier Guiding Principles; and our Global Mutual Respect Policy, which we introduced in 2012 (please see below).
All four documents are
consistent with the United Nations (UN) and International Labour Organization
(ILO) declarations. Together, they describe our high standards and
expectations, addressing such subjects as freedom of association, forced labor,
child labor, discrimination, hours of work, safety, workplace security, and
community and stakeholder engagement. Our Human Rights Statement, our Workplace
Rights Policy and our Global Mutual Respect Policy apply to all entities in
For several years, we have undertaken the complex work of ensuring that our entire business system and supply chain align with our policies. We expect our Company, our bottling partners and our suppliers to avoid causing, or contributing to, adverse human rights impacts as a result of business actions and to address such impacts when they occur. Furthermore, our Company, bottling partners and suppliers are also responsible for preventing or mitigating adverse human rights impacts directly linked to their operations, products or services by their business relationships.
To meet these expectations, our Company, bottling partners and suppliers are incorporating processes for identifying, preventing and mitigating their impacts on human rights. Additionally, all are required to implement a process for remediation of any adverse human rights impacts they cause or contribute to.
Our efforts to promote
respect for human rights across the