Announcements (2)

  • Announcing the Fourth Annual Freedom Award Winners:  Three amazing women are being honored as the latest recipients of the Free the Slaves Freedom Awards. Two are former slaves who have dedicated their lives to helping others to freedom. One is a former governmental official who has shown the world how to combat slavery at a national level.  View the site here

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  • Coca-Cola addresses their Human & Workplace Rights policies:  "We expect our Company, our bottling partners and our suppliers to avoid causing, or contributing to, adverse human rights impacts as a result of business actions and to address such impacts when they occur."

     Furthermore, our Company, bottling partners and suppliers are also responsible for preventing or mitigating adverse human rights impacts directly linked to their operations, products or services by their business relationships.

    Since 2005, we have worked to support the mandate of Professor John Ruggie, the former UN Special Representative for Business and Human Rights, in developing guiding principles for implementing his “Protect, Respect and Remedy” framework for respecting human rights in a business context. In May 2011, we formally endorsed the draft Guiding Principles, which the UN Human Rights Council adopted in June -- providing for the first time a global standard for addressing the risk of adverse impacts on human rights linked to business activity. These Guiding Principles are now a key touchstone for our policies and programs related to workplace and human rights.

    According to the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, implementing respect for human rights in a corporate context has three primary components:

    1. A policy commitment to meet the responsibility to respect human rights;
    2. A due diligence process to identify, prevent, mitigate and be accountable for human rights abuses; and
    3. Processes to enable the remediation of any adverse human rights impacts the company causes or to which it contributes.

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