Human Rights

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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Business and Human Rights: Gaining Traction But SMEs Crucial to Keeping Up the Momentum

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The 4th Annual UN Forum on Business and Human Rights took place in Geneva Nov. 16-18. Over 2,000 people from around the world joined the biggest ever multi-stakeholder meeting on this theme, an impressive 22% of these from the business community. Business was not only in attendance, but also highly engaged in a variety of panels, as well as organising multiple side events. Compared to previous years’ forums business engagement has seen a step change.

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Brent Wilton: How Respecting Human Rights Protects Our Brands

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Brent Wilton has visited more than 100 countries, and he’s seen countless examples of human rights violations. His job, as Coca-Cola’s new director of global workplace rights, is to ensure the company and its vast system always abides by its Human Rights Policy and Supplier Guiding Principles. It’s not just the right thing to do; it’s essential to protect the business and its brands. “Anything we do can be exposed to the public,” said

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Growing and Learning in Myanmar

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We have seen great change in the three years since The Coca-Cola Company reentered Myanmar after more than 60 years. We inaugurated our first bottling plant, completed renovations at another plant and began selling locally produced Coca-Cola. Myanmar also continues to transition at a fast rate and, in November 2015, the people of Myanmar will go to the polls for what is considered the first open general election in 25 years.   As part

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