Coca Cola Shipment Addresses Humanitarian Crisis in Myanmar
Whilst the Rohingya situation has still has not been fully addressed it has become a sudden issue, after weeks of being campaigned and various appeals made, Bangladesh have suddenly asked the USA to intervene and ‘‘invest” in the troubled Rakine state to improve the livelihoods of the Rohingya’s. A team of US delegates are headed for a special visit.
Meanwhile Coca Cola are celebrating their first ship getting to Myanmar as the sanction against trading with the US has been lifted recently. Coca Cola are looking to start production immediately. Seems like the Rohingya’s can look forward to a new lease of life bottling Coca Cola bottles in a proposed factory.
Suu Kyi the nobel peace prize winner has remained silent on the Rohingya issue and Rakhine state since receiving her nobel peace prize and visiting the USA on a special trip. This summer saw the release of ”The Lady” a hollywood film portraying her benevolent efforts for peace. She has been busy organising the signing of a new investment law in Myanmar, this will allow foreign companies to immediately start investments. The clause Suu Kyi is ‘killing’ in current investment law will be saving businesses from at least $5million in start up costs. Additional companies which have expressed interest to invest – Marriott International, Suzuki, Ford, Toshiba and Panasonic.
Earlier this year, when Obama sent a special UN envoy to visit Myanmar, Hillary Clinton followed suit. There is no information on what dialogues did occur in these visits in June, it was reported she signed various contracts or roads, transport, resources - she was even kindly trying to introduce the IMF.
Note how the Coca Cola ship got through so easily when the aid and supplies ships to the Rohingya people didn’t make it through on repeated attempts.
It is also reported that now an aid convoy being sent from Malaysia to the Rohingya’s is back on course – apparently the ”Bangladeshi government will only give clearance once its Myanmar counterparts gave the nod”.
See www.killercoke.org for interesting findings and track record of Coca Cola’s factories in developing countries.
China Daily, “Coca-Cola exploits workers, students say,” By Cui Jia, August 20, 2009
Press Release, “Violence in Coca-Cola’s Labor Subcontracting System in China,” Students & Scholars Against Corporate Misbehavior, August 31, 2009
“On the 12th of August 2009, a labor dispatch company hired by Coca-Cola’s designated Hangzhou-based bottling plant was discovered to have threatened two university student-workers
India Resource Center, “Groundwater Levels Plummet Around Coca-Cola Bottling Plant: Coca-Cola Violating Fundamental Human Rights by Denying Access to Water,” September 4, 2009
“Groundwater levels in Kala Dera, the site of Coca-Cola’s controversial bottling plant in India, have plummeted 5.83 meters (19 feet) in just one year between May 2007 and May 2008
India Resource Center, “Got Drought? Build a Coca-Cola Bottling Plant!” By Amit Srivastava, September 24, 2009
” In 2007, facing growing opposition to its water management practices, particularly in India, Coca-Cola’s CEO, Neville Isdell came up with a brilliant idea. The Coca-Cola company, he announced, will become water neutral, replenishing every drop of water they use, and therefore, as the suggestion went, Coca-Cola would have no impact of water resources around the world. Voila! Problem solved, a company using 300 billion liters of water annually would have no impact on water resources.