At the same time, the company introduced Sustainable Agriculture Guiding Principles – which build on the SGP and set additional expectations for suppliers related to availability, quality and safety while helping to improve livelihoods and the well-being of farming communities and workers.The principles establish human and workplace rights, environmental stewardship and farm management criteria – including asking suppliers to protect the rights of communities to maintain access to land and natural resources – down to the farm level.
“We know we can influence and improve livelihoods for hundreds of thousands – if not millions – of farmers by more active engagement,” Ben Jordan director of supplier sustainability at
Consumer expectations are increasingly high for brands, and as the company works to better understand impacts across its supply chain, engaging stakeholders throughout the process will be critical.
This work is also importantly grounded and framed by the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, which The
In a recent blog from Oxfam they recognized that work on land rights is not an easy path, and that “(Oxfam) wants to encourage the company to stick with it and make course corrections when needed. In particular, we’re encouraged by
“We have learned that our work on land rights is a process and that conducting these country human rights due diligence studies and getting them right is very challenging,” Ed Potter said. “We certainly do not have all the answers, but our approach is to continue to learn, be open and transparent, and provide theCoca-Colasystem and our suppliers with a practical path that better enables us to recognize and safeguard the land rights of communities and traditional peoples.”
Promoting sustainability throughout the supply chain begins with going straight to the source to assess environmental and social impacts. This effort will take time, and Coke is working in collaboration with its bottling partners, suppliers and others to help bring about the development of a healthy agricultural supply chain for the communities in which it operates.