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Muhtar Kent: Why I Am a Feminist

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As I prepared to take part in the Women’s Forum Global Meeting last week in Deauville, France, I asked myself a question I’m often asked by others: Why am I a feminist? My answer is two-fold. On the one hand, working to foster gender equality is the right thing to do. As a more practical matter, it is also good for business and for economic and social progress around the world. I’ve always believed women should have every opportunity to learn, grow

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Our Water Wakeup Call… What Will Be Yours?

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Our world has a water problem. It is an issue my company has grappled with for years in many parts of the world. It’s no secret global water supplies are stressed. Some estimates suggest just 15 years from now our world will need 40 percent more fresh water than we can easily access today. And while the situation is likely to get worse before it gets better, I’m concerned by the lack of urgency in business and society as a whole to address it. Meaningful

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More Than a Partnership: For 70 Years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Coca-Cola Have Pursued Nation's Greatest Potential

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For 130 years, The Coca-Cola Company has provided moments of happiness to millions of consumers around the world. Coke is a global icon with a keen focus on the issues that matter most to the people who live, work and thrive in their local markets. For 155 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) has provided out-of-school time opportunities for youth across the country. Our mission: to enable all young people, especially those who need us

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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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Atlanta Goes Better With Coke

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As CEO of the Atlanta History Center and a proud native Atlantan, I often reflect on our city’s historic moments. This week marks the 130th anniversary of the first Coca-Cola ever served, which took place downtown at 2 Marietta Street, so it’s a significant week of reflection for me – and should be for all Atlantans. Ever since pharmacist John Pemberton offered that first glass of Coca-Cola at Jacobs’ Pharmacy in 1886, Coca-Cola has paced the growth

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Want to Empower Women? Start With Parental Leave

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Today, research from the United Nations to the World Economic Forum shows that empowering women is critical to growing economies, creating jobs and advancing inclusive prosperity for all. It’s a 21st century must-do. That’s good news for everyone – men and women. Why? Making women full economic partners, according to McKinsey, can raise global GDP by $12 trillion. Moreover, in writing the book that I co-authored, FAST FORWARD: HOW WOMEN CAN

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HRC President: New Parental Leave Policy at Coke Supports All Families

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It’s no secret in our movement for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality that many in the private sector lead – often well ahead of lawmakers – when it comes to creating equal opportunities and equitable benefits for our community. And, as businesses continue to cultivate more inclusive workplaces for LGBT employees, their commitment to equality has made life better and more secure for countless workers, their families and their

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Lessons from The Golden Triangle: Driving Impact in Africa

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Over a decade ago, I began making the journey from Washington, D.C. to Atlanta to collaborate with The Coca-Cola Company on its landmark water risk assessment and water stewardship plans. Today, Coca-Cola is a leader – perhaps the corporate leader – on addressing water risk and replenishing the water it uses around the world. Public and private partners from around the world seek the company’s expertise and partnership. On this journey together,

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Op-Ed: Stepping Up for Gender Equality

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This year’s celebration of International Women’s Day is the first within the new 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls are confidently asserted in the agenda as intrinsic to progress. The new Sustainable Development Goals include a specific goal to achieve gender equality, which aims to end discrimination and violence against women and girls and ensure equal participation and opportunities

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The Often Bumpy Road to Progress

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On a good day, the 100-mile drive from Gros Morne, a mango-growing region in northwestern Haiti, to Port-au-Prince takes just under three hours. Six years ago, before key stretches of RN1, Haiti’s main highway, were repaired, the same trip entailed a seven-hour, jarring ride. The relatively shorter and smoother trip, an outcome of persistent investment in the country’s transportation infrastructure, is an indication of how some things have indeed

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