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Norwegian campuses remove Coca-Cola

December 18, 2009
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Colleges and universities in Norway have decided not to renew Coca-Cola contract with the country's student welfare. – "A big win," said Martin Giset in Attac Blindern.

Students around Norway have had campaigns to remove Coca-Cola's monopoly on the campuses. The campaign has, among other things, put spotlight on Coca-Cola misuse of water resources in India. Students have argued that Coca-Cola's market share of 90% of campuses have made it difficult for students to buy other, more ethical products.

Great victory

Student Life in Oslo decided not to renew the contract and also that the new contracts in the SIO can only be allocated 80% of market share on a campus, it meets both of the main demands of the campaign. The main contract which comes into force 10 January 2010, was given to Ringnes and apply to colleges and universities throughout Norway.

— It's a great victory for the student campaign to hold Coca-Cola in Norway responsible. We are sending a clear message to Coca-Cola that they must stop the unethical practices in India. We are also very pleased that the campaign has removed the monopoly situation, Coca-Cola had, "says Martin Giset in Attac Blindern, the leading campaign group for the University of Oslo.

Student Association had both financial as well as ethical reasons in the election of a new supplier.

— We are super happy. Both because Ringnes had a better deal than Coca-Cola, and because it's going to make it easier for students to make an ethical choice when buying mineral water, says leader of the Welfare Council Jenny Nygaard.

This decision comes after a two-year campaign against Coca-Cola in Norway. 11. November, 2008, adopted the Welfare Council of the University of Oslo, a statement which called for reducing the proportion of Coca-Cola products, provide alternative beverages that are more ethical (fair trade) and introducing stricter guidelines for suppliers to the University of Oslo takes into account the environmental and ethical . University of Bergen, Vestfold University College and the University of Life Sciences at As has made a similar decision against Coca-Cola.

Campaign in India

It also has several locations in India have been campaigning against Coca-Cola, they have accused the company of causing water shortages and polluting the water. Thurs Coca-Cola factories have been closed in India as a result of this campaign, and a Coca-Cola sponsored the survey which was submitted in January 2008 has recommended the closure of another factory in India because of their significant role in making water shortage to an even greater problem in the area.

For a little over two weeks ago, 30 November 2009, over 2,000 residents participated in protests against Coca-Cola in Mehdiganj in India. The protesters accuse the company to aggravate the dry season.

Clear message

— We want to thank the students in Norway that they will send a clear message to Coca-Cola that their activity in India is unethical and that consumers around the world will think before they drink Coca-Cola products, "said Nandlal Master of Lok Samiti in Mehdiganj.

— We welcome for the colleges and universities in Norway to the group of a growing number of institutions around the world that requires Coca-Cola should change the practice in India. The decision not to do "business as usual" with Coca-Cola is an important contribution in the fight for the right skills for communities in India, "said Amit Srivastava from the India Resource Center, an international campaign organization.

India Resource Center works closely with Attac Norway in the fight against Coca-Cola.

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