Why I boycott Coca-Cola

Earlier this year, due to a combination of badgering by my lovely workmate Jennie, and some research on my own part, I made the decision to boycott Coca-Cola and its products permanently. My investigations have found that Coca-Cola is a company that leads in the abuse of workers’ rights, assassinations, water privatization, and worker discrimination.

Whilst I expect to make very little impact on the company financially, I do hope my actions help inform others, and together we can bring about lasting change.

Below are some of the reasons I boycott Coke. You can find out more at www.killercoke.org

  • Between 1989 and 2002, eight union leaders from their factories in Colombia were killed after protesting the company’s labor practices. Hundreds of other workers who have joined or considered joining the Colombian union SINALTRAINAL have been kidnapped, tortured, and detained by paramilitaries who intimidate workers to prevent them from unionizing.
  • In Turkey, 14 truck drivers and their families were beaten severely by Turkish police hired by Coca-Cola, while protesting a layoff of 1,000 workers from a local factory in 2005.
  • In India, Coca-Cola destroys local agriculture by privatizing the country’s water resources.
  • In Plachimada, Kerala, Coca-Cola extracted 1.5 million liters of deep well water to use in their products. The groundwater was severely depleted, affecting thousands of communities with water shortages and destroying agricultural activity. As a result, the remaining water became contaminated with high chloride and bacteria levels, leading to scabs, eye problems, and stomach aches in the local population.
  • Coca-Cola has caused Water shortages in Varanasi, Thane, and Tamil Nadu.
  • Coca-Cola is guilty of reselling its plants’ industrial waste to farmers as fertilizers, despite its containing hazardous lead and cadmium.
  • Coca-Cola is one of the most discriminatory employers in the world. In the year 2000, 2,000 African-American employees in the U.S. sued the company for race-based disparities in pay and promotions. In México, it fired a senior bottling manager for being gay.
  • By regularly denying health insurance to employees and their families, Coca-Cola has failed to help stop the spread of AIDS in Africa. The company is one of the continent’s largest private employers, yet only partially covers expensive medicines, while not covering generic medicines at all.

~ by humblemonkey on November 25, 2009.

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