Beverage Giant CEO Has Previously Advocated for Gender Equity and Women’s Empowerment But Now Is Donating To So-Called Extremist Politicians
ATLANTA — A new Care2 petition is calling on The Coca-Cola Co (NYSE:KO) CEO Muhtar Kent to cease its funding of extremist politicians that support stripping women’s rights through abortion bans. The Care2 petition has already been signed by over 11,000.
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VIEW THE CARE2 PETITION HERE: www.care2.com/CocaColaAntiChoice
The Care2 petition was started after reports from the newsletter Popular.info that Coca-Cola has donated at least $40,800 to politicians who pushed through anti-choice legislation in five states, including $6,600 to Georgia Governor Brian Kemp, who recently signed into law new abortion restrictions in the beverage company's home state. It also donated $10,000 to Alabama Governor Kay Ivey, who signed a law banning virtually all abortions in the state, with no exceptions for rape or incest.
Kent previously wrote on the company website a piece titled: Why I am a Feminist. In it, he talks about how gender equity is important to him and to Coca-Cola's values as a company, arguing that "we need to accelerate progress toward women’s equality and economic empowerment. Not only because it is the right thing to do but also because the progress we make—together—will improve the lives of millions of women and their families, communities and nations."
And, yet, Coca-Cola continues to fund the economic disempowerment of women by helping to elect extremist politicians that are on a mission to take away their rights.
“It's time for Coca-Cola to be called out for its hypocryphal values, saying one thing to its employees about women's empowerment and then funding the exact opposite – destructive and discriminatory platforms that explicitly target women's rights,” said Care2's Rebecca G. “Too many corporations are being silent about the recent outburst of abortion bans across the country. It's almost like they speak out for women just when it's convenient for them. Coca-Cola's CEO needs to answer for his false posturing and actually support gender equity by ceasing donations to anti-choice politicians.”
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