Declaration of Connecticut College Students for a Coca-Cola Boycott
October 7 2005, by Scott Borchert
We, students of Connecticut College, call for an institutional boycott of all Coca-Cola products. In doing so, we will be joining an international movement against the labor and environmental abuses of the Coca-Cola Corporation, a movement which is steadily gaining momentum on college campuses across the country.
Nine schools, including Bard College, Oberlin College, and Rutgers University, have already succeeded and severed all contracts with Coca-Cola, and over ninety others are actively working to do the same.
But why Coca-Cola?
The abysmal human rights record of Coca-Cola is not confined to Colombia, however. Indian courts and local governments are currently embroiled in a battle against the harmful effects of their own domestic Coca-Cola bottling plants. These effects include the depletion of water tables and subsequent devastation of small farmers, the pollution of the common ground water resource, the sale of Coca-Cola products knowingly contaminated with pesticides (now labeled as such as a 2004 order from the High Court in Rajasthan), and the distribution of solid waste fertilizer revealed to in fact be lead- and cadmium-heavy toxic waste by the BBC.
On top of this, Coca-Cola has been engaged in anti-union repression and intimidation in both Turkey (2005) and Indonesia (2004).