Coca Cola And Its Social Responsibility

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From the late 1800s until today, the Coca-Cola’s brand has evolved into a top contender in the beverage industry, which ignited the “cola wars” with the company’s top competition PepsiCo. with Coca-Cola controlling 45 percent of the global soft drink market; Coca-Cola’s most famous brands include: Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite, Powerade, Dasani water and Fanta with Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite and Fanta being four of the top five leading soft drinks. At the peak of Coca-Cola’s reign, an estimated $1 billion of their products were consumed daily. In 2006, Coca-Cola lost it’s top position to PepsiCo. due to their competitors diverse strategy to include snack foods in their product line. As a result, Coca-Cola’s reputation was in jeopardy. Although Coca-Cola takes pride in its social responsibility by offering educational opportunities and learning tools to the youth and graduates, environmental conservation efforts and charitable donations for HIV/AIDS research, the company has encountered a stream of ethical dilemmas. Coca-Cola’s ethical dilemmas include: contaminated products, antitrust violations, racial discrimination suits, fraud accusations, manipulating marketing and financial statements, anti-union tactic allegations, ‘strong-arming’ distributors and channel surfing. This misconduct has severely affected Coca-Cola’s reputation with its shareholders. Although Coca-Cola has set a strong standard of accountability and is reinforcing the integrity that once fueled the company, their
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