Ethical and Unethical issues about Coca Cola
The company has come under fire in the last few months for the way in which its workers are treated in Guatemala. On February 25, 2010, Coke was sued by those Guatemalan labourers, who claim that they, “endured a campaign of violence” from the people who worked for the bottling or processing plants owned by Coke. (Unethical) In 1998, Coca-Cola set up a bottling plant in Perumatti in the southern state of Kerala. Since it opened, local villagers have complained about the decrease in the amount of water available to them and have blamed the fall in supplies on Coca-Cola who, they claim, use up to a million litres per day at the plant. Coca-Cola claims that the shortage in the water is due to the lack of rains in the region. (Unethical) Local farmers are claiming that their livelihood has been destroyed since the building of the plant and that the number of people working on the land has dropped considerably because they cannot survive. (Unethical) Following the cleaning of the bottles, a waste sludge is produced that Coca-Cola have been disposing of on the land of local farmers, claiming it was a useful fertiliser. (Unethical) In a separate development, sales of Coca-Cola have been hit by suggestions that its drinks produced in India contained higher levels of pesticide. (Unethical) In Kerala, India during 2003 there was protest against lack of water and polluted water that resulted from its bottling operations. The allegations caused the closure of Coca Cola’s office. (Unethical) The problems still happening with some bottling plants still remain, due to the decrease in levels of ground water, day by day. (Unethical) The communities near the bottling plant in India have complained about the passage of sludge as fertilizer, causing health and environmental damage. (Unethical) On June 13, 1999, Coca-Cola recalled over 15 million cans and bottles after the Belgian Health Ministry announced...
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