Coca-Cola Amatil has marked International Human Rights Day by releasing its Human Rights Policy for 2018.
Group Managing Director of Coca-Cola Amatil Alison Watkins said business had an obligation to engage with communities on how to protect basic human rights such as shared access to water, environmental protections and freedom from discrimination.
The Coca-Cola Amatil policy outlines the principles guiding the company’s decision-making on community and workforce engagement in each country in which it operates.
“Our human rights policy is non-negotiable, and will be upheld across all of our operations, here and overseas,” Watkins said.
“It includes commitments to minimising our environmental impact, providing safe and merit-based workplaces, supporting freedom of association and respecting vulnerable communities.
“It also gives formal recognition to protecting community access to shared water sources, and to the continued publication of accurate and detailed nutritional information for our products.
“And it requires our suppliers to reject any use of child, forced or bonded labour, in our supply chain anywhere in the world.
“These are the fundamentals that are expected of us as a business. They’re part of earning and preserving a social licence to operate, and building community trust.”
The Coca-Cola Amatil Human Rights Policy will be accompanied by staff training and internal reporting, and enforced through a compliance program in each business unit.
Coca-Cola Amatil's policy on diversity
According to the policy: "Coca-Cola Amatil values the diversity of the people with whom we work and the contributions they make. We are committed to equal opportunity and an inclusive workplace, and do not tolerate discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, gender, colour, national or social origin, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identification or expression, political opinion or any other status protected by applicable law. Recruitment, hiring, placement, training, compensation, and advancement at Coca-Cola Amatil is based on merit, including qualifications, performance, skills, and experience."
The company added: "We do not tolerate disrespectful or inappropriate behaviour, unfair treatment, or retaliation of any kind. Harassment is unacceptable in the workplace and in any work-related circumstance outside the workplace."
Diversity in action
It's also great to see that Coca-Cola has recently hired women into two top tech positions at the company.
New Group Chief Information Officer and Chief Digital Officer roles have been created and internal appointments made. Debbie Nova will commence in Group CIO role in January 2018 after eight years as IT Director at Coca-Cola Amatil Indonesia; while Sam Mitchell will commence in Chief Digital Officer in January 2018 after seven years at Coca-Cola Amatil.
Congratulations to them both!
View the full policy by clicking here