Coke leads the way on respecting land rights and in supporting women. It scores higher than many others on policies related to worker’s rights, climate change, and water, but is left trailing the top companies due to poor performance on support for farmers.
How are the scores formed?
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...
What do the scores mean?
- 8 - 10Good
- 6 - 7Fair
- 4 - 5Some progress
- 2 - 3Poor
- 0 - 1Very poor
Coca-Cola leads the way on land rights. After being the first to adopt “zero tolerance” for land grabs throughout its supply chain, its supplier guiding principles on human/worker rights now refer to fair compensation and grievance mechanisms where land rights have been violated.See how other companies score on Land
One of the leaders when it comes to supporting women, Coke scores well for running projects with women in rural areas and for pledging to support women farmers. Now it is about tracking those promises to see what actions the company takes to follow through on its leadership.See how other companies score on Women
Coca-Cola still has a lot of progress to make in how it deals with the small-scale farmers in its supply chain. While the company seems to be quite aware of what it should do and has undertaken new initiatives to assess the situation of farmers in its supply chains, it has yet to make credible commitments to support the small-scale farmers from whom it sources.See how other companies score on Farmers
Coca-Cola’s policies towards workers are, quite strong in many places, but to have a real impact, the company needs to commit to a living wage for all workers in their supply chain.See how other companies score on Workers
A former leader on climate change, Coca-Cola is now in the middle of the pack as other companies have established stronger commitments. There is real room for improvement on issues such as developing stronger emissions reduction and renewable energy goals and in moving toward implementation on issues like tackling deforestation across commodities.See how other companies score on Climate
Coca Cola is transparent about its corporate lobbying and provides more information than most companies (apart from Unilever) on taxation. Next, it should focus on disclosing additional sourcing volumes, countries and agents.See how other companies score on Transparency
Coca-Cola demonstrates good understanding of the importance of water and of its own impact on supplies, but it needs to disclose more about whether and how it operates in water-stressed regions.See how other companies score on Water