Coca-Cola stops using land-grabbed sugar

By Morgan Tait

Coca-Cola has committed itself to protecting the rights of small communities affected by land-grab schemes.  Photo / Greg Bowker
Coca-Cola has committed itself to protecting the rights of small communities affected by land-grab schemes. Photo / Greg Bowker

Sustainable business: Thousands of Kiwis have helped push beverage giant Coca-Cola into changing the way it obtains ingredients from many developing nations.

New Zealanders were among 225,000 people who signed Oxfam petitions urging food and beverage makers to stop using ingredients from suppliers where large-scale land acquisitions and land conflicts were taking place.

The company, which obtains sugar from plantations in South America, India, the Philippines, Thailand and South Africa, committed itself to protect the land rights of those communities.

PepsiCo and Associated British Foods, which owns Twinings Tea and Tip Top bakeries, were yet to commit to human rights and socially responsible business practices.

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