Not quite the real thing, Coke scores higher on policies related to worker’s rights, climate change, transparency and the treatment of women, but is left trailing the top companies due to poor performance on land rights and support for farmers.
We assessed publicly available information on the policies and commitments of the 'Big 10' food companies towards the sourcing of agricultural commodities from developing countries. The Scorecard looks at seven themes, weighing each theme equally. The index tackles some cutting edge issues that will require rigorous debate and dialogue between companies, civil society and industry experts. Find out more...
Not a pretty picture. Coca-Cola has little understanding of land issues and apparently little enthusiasm for engaging with them.
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The best of a bad bunch, but Coke scores well for running high-profile projects with females in rural areas and for officially pledging to support female farmers.
Coca-Cola needs to work harder for farmers. It lacks knowledge of the number of producers in its supply chain – and needs to update its supplier code to support farmers’ rights.
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It’s not perfect, but Coca-Cola’s policies towards workers are quite strong. It understands the issues and is tackling them – but needs to learn more about its agricultural workers.
Coca-Cola’s climate policy has plenty of fizz. It is helping farmers in its supply chain adapt to changing weather. No commitment to reduce agricultural emissions, though.
Along with Nestle, Coca-Cola is impressively honest and forthcoming about the auditing and compliance of its suppliers and about what happens if suppliers fall short.
Coca-Cola demonstrates good understanding of the importance of water and of its own impact on supplies, so it’s strange that its guidelines for suppliers don’t even mention water.