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Resolution: Society for Cultural Anthropology

Resolution: Society for Cultural Anthropology

Adopted May 4, 2006

Given the growing anthropological record of problems in communities where The Coca Cola Company operates and with operations of The Coca Cola Company globally, the Society for Cultural Anthropology endorses boycott actions against Coca Cola Company as specified below. This action follows deliberation among members of the Society over the past six months and at the Society's semi-annual meeting in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, May 4-6, 2006.

Anthropologists have created a scholarly record of the operations and impact of the Coca Cola Company through interviews with eyewitnesses; union organizers and other stakeholders; field observations; and archival research. Their findings indicate that the Coca Cola Company has not been sufficiently proactive in protecting workers and their families from intimidation and violence, that internationally recognized rights to organize unions have not been respected, and that information disclosure has been inadequate and insufficiently verified by independent sources.

Based on these findings, the Society for Cultural Anthropology joins with the American Ethnological Society, the Labor Relations Commission and other units of the American Anthropological Association to support SINALTRAINAL's call for a boycott of The Coca Cola Company and its products, and calls upon the American Anthropological Association and its members to do the same.

This resolution will be communicated to The Coca Cola Company and to the public.

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