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Business in Focus – Olympic Edition for Coca-Cola

2nd Vote takes a 2nd Look at Worldwide Olympic Sponsor Coca-Cola.

Coca-Cola maintains the longest continuous relationship with the U.S. Olympic Team by sponsoring the Olympic games since 1928 when they were held in Amsterdam. Coca-Cola is the world’s leading manufacturer, marketer, and distributor of non-alcoholic beverages worldwide. They have a presence in over 200 countries, with 230 brands and over 3,500 products.

Coca-Cola has an overall score of 3.5, making it a liberal company.  A breakdown of their scorecard is below (all scores are based on a 10-point scale). To learn how we score, please click here. To view research citations, click here.

2nd Amendment – 6

Coca-Cola has remained neutral on the issue of 2nd Amendment rights.

Environment – 2

Coca-Cola partners with the liberal environmentalist group Ceres, which supports cap-and-trade-policies. Coca-Cola campaigns with and funds several liberal environmental organizations, such as the World Wildlife Fund, Greenpeace, UN Environmental Programme, and Nature Conservancy.

Marriage – 3

Coca-Cola received a 100 score on the Human Rights Campaign’s “Buyer’s Guide.” It is also a gold level partner with the HRC.

Pro-Life – 3

Coca-Cola is a partner of and funds Girls Inc., an organization that supports abortion. Coca-Cola was a Leading Sponsor of The Atlanta Women’s Foundation’s fundraising luncheon Too Big to Ignore. The Atlanta Women’s Foundation is a supporter of Planned Parenthood. Coca-Cola is also listed as a company that matches employee gifts to Planned Parenthood.

CEO Activism – 

The CEO of Coca-Cola is Muhtar Kent. During the 2008 Presidential campaign cycle, Muhtar Kent gave $1,500 to the Democrat candidate and $2,300 to the Republican candidate. Kent has also contributed to $20,176 to The Coca-Cola Company Nonpartisan Committee for Good Government PAC (www.fec.gov, Accessed 2/7/14).

Corporate PAC – 

According to the Center for Responsive Politics, the Coca-Cola Company Nonpartisan Committee for Good Government PAC has given 60% ($128,500) of its contributions to Republican candidates and 40% ($84,500) to Democrat candidates in the 2014 election cycle. (Center for Responsive Politics, http://www.opensecrets.org, Accessed 2/7/14).