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Corporate Accountability International: Tell Coke to Stop Stealing Water

Corporate Accountability International
February 18th, 2005

“The wars of the 21st century will be fought over water.” —Ishmael Seragedlin, former vice president of the World Bank

Coke is expanding aggressively into the bottled water industry. Through water depletion, pollution, and price gouging, Coke’s practices threaten water supplies around the world. Coke is dramatically depleting groundwater in India with little regard for the impact on communities. In rural India, when wells dry up or water is diverted from irrigation to a Coke factory, people’s lives are put at risk.

Coke must stop stealing water from local communities. For starters, the soft drink giant must:

  • Never reopen its plant in Plachimada,
  • Close its plant in Mehdiganj, and
  • Pay back affected communities for the damages it’s inflicted.

Tell me more

CALL: 1-800-GET-COKE and tell them the following:

"Hi. My name is _____________.

I’m calling with a message for Coke CEO Neville Isdell. I am a concerned consumer from _____________. I am very upset about Coke’s irresponsible and dangerous practices in India. A number of communities are facing severe water shortages and health problems because of Coke’s bottling practices.

I am calling to tell Coke to stop stealing water. You should start by: never reopening the Plachimada plant in India; closing Coke’s Mehdiganj plant; and paying for the damage your corporation has done in affected communities.

Thanks."

After your phone call, send the following email to Coke CEO Neville Isdell.