NOTE: This message originally was shared with Coca-Cola employees.
Coca-Cola shares the city of Atlanta’s proud legacy of advancing civil rights and promoting equality. Our hearts break when we see our communities in pain throughout the United States and, especially, in our company’s hometown.
We stand as one with our employees, business partners and communities in rejecting racism and discrimination. We share their anger, fear, sadness and disappointment over the lack of progress in protecting Black Americans and people of color from acts of racism and injustice.
We strive for an inclusive world where all voices are heard. Coca-Cola joins Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, and community leaders across North America, in the call for peaceful protests with purpose. We reject all forms of violence and destruction.
Through voting, peaceful protests, community activism and volunteerism, the people of our company can help create the changes our communities need. We can all play a role and make a difference.
In the coming days, Jim Dinkins, President of Coca-Cola North America, and Lori Billingsley, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, and other senior leaders will host a Stand As One dialogue to discuss racism, injustice and, importantly, what we can do as a Coca-Cola community to create change. I encourage you to bring your experiences and your ideas. We will listen, and we will work together to take action.
We are committed to making a difference by bringing attention and energy to progressing justice and human rights – whether in Atlanta, across the United States or around the world.
James Quincey, Coca-Cola chairman and CEO