As a global corporation, The Coca-Cola Company has a strong commitment to diversity and has won several awards recognizing its efforts to build a truly diverse workplace. And for the eighth year in a row, Black Enterprise magazine has included the company on its annual list of the 40 Best Companies for Diversity.

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To compile the list, Black Enterprise sent surveys about the participation of African-Americans and other ethnic minorities to the top 1,000 publicly traded companies and 100 leading global companies with strong U.S. operations. If a company provided information on its other diversity efforts, that data was also used as supporting evidence.

The editors focused on diversity in four key areas: employee base, senior management, board of directors and supplier diversity, and highlighted Coke’s senior management and employee base as strengths.

Of the company's inclusion in the list, Steve Bucherati, group director, global diversity, says, "We are honored to once again receive this recognition from Black Enterprise. There is much more for us to do to reach our 2020 Vision of 'achieving true diversity,' but organizations like Black Enterprise validate that we are on the right track."

2020 Vision is part of The Coca-Cola Company’s efforts to "get ready for tomorrow today," with a mission to refresh the world, inspire moments of optimism and happiness, create value and make a difference. Coca-Cola aims to be a "great place to work," and diversity is one of the company's seven core values, along with leadership, passion, integrity, collaboration, quality and accountability. The company has taken several steps to ensure a diverse workplace, from the creation of programs to attract, retain and develop diverse talent to support systems for groups with diverse backgrounds to employee education tailored to helping employees master the skills needed to achieve sustainable growth.