Coca Cola Violates Human Rights.

Essay by penguinskiUniversity, Bachelor'sA, December 2005

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In business today, human rights are not considered. Human rights should be considered in every business organization. Neglecting human rights is a serious matter, because it can lead to abuse, murder, deception and immorality. Although a business may look successful, behind the scenes there may be horrid occurrences. Using Coca-Cola as an example, the company is looked upon as successful. Recently, Coca-Cola's bottling plant in Columbia has been accused of abusing its employees. Coca-Cola has been violating the code of human rights since 1989 by underpaying employees and silencing trade unions.

Coca-Cola is the world's largest soft drink maker. Its name is advertised everywhere. People who like to drink Coca-Cola's products are part of a massive population of consumers. Coca-Cola not only offers Cola, but also these other products: Dasani, Fanta, Minute Maid, Nestea, Odwalla, Powerade, Sprite, Fruitopia and Barq's ( Coca-Cola buys a lot of shelf space in supermarkets and contracts with many universities.

Coca-Cola is a very successful business, but it should not be, because the revenue earned does not contain integrity or morality.

Coca-Cola has long been a large bottling manufacturer. The bottling is done in Columbia, where there are massive union groups. Coca-Cola does not treat employees with humanity. The employees work long hours but receive very little pay. Not only do they selfishly underpay the workers, but Coca-Cola also "contracted with or otherwise directed paramilitary security forces that utilized extreme violence and murdered, tortured, unlawfully detained or otherwise silenced trade union leaders"(

Coca-Cola's crimes have been numerous. For instance, a Columbian man named Gil was killed during work "by paramilitary thugs", and this is a danger to the man's relatives as well. These paramilitary thugs were hired by Coca-Cola. The man's relatives are now in hiding from the paramilitary thugs. The People who are part...