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Letter from the President of Smith College to Coke

Mr. Donald R. Knauss
President and Chief Operating Officer
Coca-Cola North America
The Coca-Cola Company
P.O. Box 1834
Atlanta, GA 30301

Dear Mr. Knauss:

I am writing to convey the sense of the Smith College community in regard to reports of environmental and labor violations at Coca-Cola operations in Colombia and India.

Social responsibility is a core value of the college, and Smith takes issues of human rights very seriously. Members of our community have become increasingly reluctant to buy or consume Coca-Cola products because of their concern with the reports described above.

Unless we are persuaded that Coca-Cola is making significant progress in addressing issues related to union organizing and environmental degradation, it is likely that the climate for Coke products on our campus will not be favorable when the college needs to make a decision regarding contract renewal for 2007.


Carol T. Christ
Smith College

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