The Coca-Cola Company was recently recognized by two leading Hispanic organizations for work on inclusion and diversity, demonstrating our leadership and commitment to equality and promotion of all people.

Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR) announced that The Coca-Cola Company scored 90 on the Corporate Inclusion Index for 2012, an increase of 5 points from 2011. AT&T was the only company to receive a higher score of 95.

“It’s truly an honor to be recognized for our commitment to diversity,” said Frank Ros, Vice President, Hispanic Strategies. “It reaffirms that our diversity strategies and programs continue to drive positive results.

Fortune 100 companies and corporate members voluntarily submit data annually for HACR’s Corporate Inclusion Index survey. HACR tracks and evaluates inclusion practices related to employment, procurement, philanthropy, and governance, then analyzes the implications for the Hispanic community.

In addition, Javier Goizueta accepted the Corporate Leadership Award from the Hispanic Federation, a non-profit member organization that focuses on education, health, immigration, civic engagement, economic empowerment and environmental sustainability.

The Corporate Leadership Award is given to companies that show outstanding commitment to the Hispanic community by supporting causes important to them. This is the first time that a major corporation in the non-alcoholic beverage industry received the top award.

“We believe diversity leads to more creativity, which drives more and better innovation, ultimately resulting in positive business results,” Ros said. “It’s just smart business.”

At 15 percent of the nation's population, Hispanics now represent the fastest-growing group of Americans in several categories: consumers, employees, business owners, taxpayers, and voters, according to HACR, which advocates for the inclusion of Hispanics in Corporate America at a level commensurate with the U.S. Hispanic community's economic contributions.