Killer Coke: A Case Study

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Killer Coke: A Case Study Executive Summary One of the world's most well-known brands is that of Coca Cola. It is one of America's most popular brand exports, and has seen major international success by opening up bottling and distribution plants abroad in several countries. One of these previously successful bottling plants was located in Colombia, yet events shocked both the nation and the world that would eventually tie Coca Cola into a major human rights violations scandal. Coca Cola had been accused of unethical practices in some of its locations overseas, in particular its Colombian location. Coca Cola had seen initial success, but had no idea what was about to hit them. The country had a past of violent uprisings, as the government has been relatively unstable in the past few generations. As such, there is a heightened political nature of many of the citizens there, who often fight hard for workers rights. The company was accused of showing "complicity in the murders of union leaders in Colombia" (Lane, 2012, 37-1). In Urabรก, a particularly violent and politically active city in Colombia, Isidro Gil, a major union leader, was reportedly apprehended and murdered on location at one of the company's bottling plants in Colombia. Union leaders had been bringing allegations of Coca Cola breaking the Alien Tort Claims Act and the Torture Victims Protection Act. Many of these efforts were in the midst of a major anti-globalization trend that was occurring in Colombia.

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