Human Rights

From Farm to Market: What Coca-Cola’s New Sourcing Map Means for Our Global Sustainable Agriculture Story

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I spent the first 18 years of my life on a peach farm in the middle of Georgia. So by the first hour of meeting with farmers, it usually comes out. I think that’s a good thing. Farmers don’t always like the idea of a corporate guy from Atlanta coming down to their farm to give them the lowdown on some new requirement they’ll have to fulfill. But as someone who’s familiar with their challenges, I can relate to them in terms of what they’re trying

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Expanding our Human Rights Impact with Suppliers

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For many of us, the origin of a product is an essential factor in our purchasing decision. Consumers rightfully care about how and by whom a product has been produced. They are not only asking questions to the brand presenting them with the final product, but also to all those suppliers behind the brand that made it possible for them to get the latter. Engaging suppliers is a top priority for The Coca-Cola Company. The company understood from the

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Land Rights: The Path Forward on Coca-Cola’s Sugar Studies

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When we started our journey to better understand Coca-Cola’s sugar supply chain, we knew it would be a major undertaking. But an important one that would allow us to better understand and address key risks on child labor, forced labor and land rights. Since 2015, we’ve published five sugar studies to date, with more to come. So where are we going from here? Translating our sugar study findings into a clear Action Plan. A process that requires strong

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End Child Labor in Supply Chains: It’s Everyone’s Business

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Wearing a soccer jersey of his favorite team, Mehmet, 14, flashes a bright smile as he talks about his life and daily routine. “This is how you bend the branches and pick the hazelnuts, one by one,” he says, stretching to grab one of the lower branches of the tree.  He is one of thousands of children who help harvest hazelnuts in Turkey, where three-quarters of the world’s hazelnuts are grown. They work with their families, moving from crop

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Human Rights Campaign Presents Coca-Cola With Ally for Equality Award

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The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) presented The Coca-Cola Company with its Ally for Equality Award at the 2016 HRC Atlanta Gala Dinner. The award recognizes the outstanding efforts of allies who dedicate time, energy, spirit and commitment to better the lives of LGBT people. HRC is the largest Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) civil rights advocacy group and political lobbying organization in the United States. Brent Wilton, director of

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Our Progress: Human and Workplace Rights

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Achieving Compliance Goal: By 2015, achieve and maintain, going forward, at least a 98 percent compliance level for Company-owned and Company-managed facilities upholding the principles set in our Human Rights Policy.  Progress: Achieved. As of December 31, 2015, 98 percent of our Company-owned facilities had achieved compliance with our Human Rights Policy. ______________________________________ In 2015, we investigated 300 human

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On the Road to Sustainable Sugar in Brazil

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We depend on a reliable supply of agricultural ingredients, and by accelerating our investment in sustainable agriculture, we are working to support farmers and their families along with our company and shareowners. As a large commercial buyer of sugar and with Brazil as one of our top three sugar sourcing countries, we have an especially important role in supporting such positive change. Central to this change is first a clear understanding of our

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Coca-Cola Recognized for Supporting Transformational Change in the Sugarcane Sector

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Coca-Cola has received the 2015 Bonsucro Sustainability Award for Buyers Supporting Transformational Change, which recognizes the Coca-Cola system's efforts ito support critical and progressive advancements in the sugarcane sector. “Bonsucro is the global sugarcane platform focused on sustainability and continuous improvement of its members. As a global purchaser of cane sugar, Coca-Cola has embraced its obligation to sustainably source this

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Building a Framework for Action: Progress on Coca-Cola’s Country Studies

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In 2013, we began a journey to better understand the key human rights risks for Coca-Cola’s extensive agricultural supply chain, and we knew we would learn a lot. We also knew that it would require significant collaboration with our suppliers, bottlers and key stakeholders to carefully examine these risks and to better prevent potential future violations. Our third-party country sugar studies on child labor, forced labor and land rights have served

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What Respect for Human Rights Means to Me: A Q&A with Coke’s Brent Wilton

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Respect for human and workplace rights guides The Coca-Cola Company’s interactions with bottling partners, suppliers, customers, consumers, employees and communities. As director of global workplace rights, Brent Wilton is responsible for ensuring the global Coca-Cola system abides the company's Human Rights Policy, and that the Coca-Cola supply chain complies with the company's Supplier Guiding Principles. To commemorate Human Rights Day

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