Election Day (November 3, 2020) will be a paid holiday for all full-time, U.S.-based employees of The Coca-Cola Company to provide extra time and flexibility to vote, volunteer and support campaigns and elections in local communities. The company announced this decision to employees in late June 2020.
The Coca-Cola Company also has officially joined the Time to Vote Initiative, a national non-partisan coalition of U.S. companies that have committed to give employees full access to the voting process. More than 700 companies representing more than 6.2 million workers have joined the initiative.
From producing state-by-state voting guides with deadlines and voting procedures for all U.S. system employees, to creating volunteer opportunities on and leading up to election day, to developing and distributing voter education resources, The Coca-Cola Company is committed to making sure everyone is informed about the election process and able to vote on Nov. 3. All company-supported efforts are non-partisan.
Voter turnout in the U.S. is one of the lowest in the developed world. And with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and movement for racial equality, stakes for removing barriers to voting are higher than ever. The Time to Vote coalition is addressing this challenge by giving employees the time and tools needed to cast their ballot in the 2020 general election. While many participating companies are making Election Day a paid company holiday, others are offering paid time off and promoting initiatives such as early voting and vote-by-mail.
“We acknowledge there is not a one-size-fits-all approach to voting access for every business,” Howard Douglas said. “The paid Election Day holiday will provide employees with flexibility to vote when it works best for them. We are also encouraging our U.S. bottling partners to provide flexibility to their associates on Election Day."
The Coca-Cola Company also has joined Business for America (BFA)’s Operation Vote Safe, a nonpartisan coalition working with the business community in Georgia and states across the country to ensure the 2020 election is safe, secure and accessible to all.
Additionally, the company is partnering with Global Citizen and HeadCount on the Just Vote campaign to engage 1 million young voters and get 50,000 young people registered ahead of the 2020 elections. The non-partisan campaign is being supported by some of the world’s biggest musical artists.