- April 2, 2015
In a statement released today, Coca-Cola condemned Georgia’s discriminatory S.B. 129, the state’s Religious Freedom Reformation Act (RFRA), taking a stand for LGBT equality and diversity.
The statement reads:
“Coca-Cola does not support any legislation that discriminates, in our home state of Georgia or anywhere else. Coca-Cola values and celebrates diversity. We believe policies that would allow a business to refuse service to an individual based upon discrimination of any kind, does not only violate our Company's core values, but would also negatively affect our consumers, customers, suppliers, bottling partners and associates. As a business, it is appropriate for us to help foster diversity, unity and respect among all people.
We advocate for inclusion, equality and diversity through both our policies and practices. Coca-Cola does not condone intolerance or discrimination of any kind anywhere in the world.”
The Coca-Cola Company has a strong record of supporting LGBT equality and received a 100 on HRC Foundation’s 2015 Corporate Equality Index (CEI). The CEI is the national benchmarking tool on corporate policies and practices pertinent to LGBT employees.
This week, protesters gathered in Atlanta to voice their opposition to S.B. 129. As the backlash continues in Indiana following their passage of RFRA, the Georgia State House faces mounting pressure to kill the bill.
Additionally, yesterday, tech industry leaders signed a statement supporting the addition of non-discrimination protections for LGBT people.
While businesses have taken a stand against this discriminatory legislation, a wave of anti-LGBT bills continue to swell across the country, with more than 100 anti-LGBT bills in 28 state legislatures. Click here to learn more.