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THE COCA-COLA COMPANY joins business leaders initiative on HUMAN RIGHTS


ATLANTA.- The Coca-Cola Company announced today that it has joined the Business Leaders Initiative on Human Rights (BLIHR), a group of companies examining how best to apply human rights principles in the business context.

The Company’s support for BLIHR was expressed in a letter sent by E. Neville Isdell, chairman and chief executive officer of The Coca-Cola Company, to Mary Robinson, Honorary Chair of BLIHR.

“At The Coca-Cola Company, we believe that an unwavering commitment to human rights is fundamental to the way we conduct our business. In our Company’s Human Rights Statement and Workplace Rights Policy we pledge to manage our business around the world in accordance with the highest standards of integrity with a specific emphasis on the rights of individuals in the workplace,” said Neville Isdell, Chairman and CEO of The Coca-Cola Company. “We look forward to building our own understanding of how best to uphold human rights within our workplaces and to actively participating in and contributing to BLIHR’s important work.”

The Business Leaders Initiative on Human Rights (BLIHR) was founded in 2003 by seven companies and is chaired by Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland and former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. The Coca-Cola Company’s announcement today brings the total number of members to 14. For more information on BLIHR, visit the organization’s website at

“The Coca-Cola Company joining BLIHR represents a real opportunity to demonstrate the universality of human rights across all nations,” said Mary Robinson, Honorary Chair of BLIHR. “We are excited by this and look forward to the serious work ahead, in particular exploring the business and human rights context of emerging economies.”


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