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Spring Referenda 2019

Should the Student Union continue to boycott Coca Cola products?

 

The motion has NOT passed as it did not achieve quoracy. 

At a Company Board meeting on the 26th November 2015 the decision was made that any referenda with the potential to have a significant financial effect on the Trading Company of the Students' Union should have a quoracy of 10% of the student population in order to pass. (Quoracy is the total number of votes needed for the motion to pass).  

574 students took part

34 abstained

  • YES - 471 (82%)

  • NO - 69 (12%)

The Students' Union will NOT continue the boycott of Coca-Cola

 

 

Background:
In 2005, students at the Students’ Union’s Annual General Meeting voted to boycott Coca-Cola products in our shops & bars on ethical grounds.The two issues raised were firstly, claims of violence from 1995 and 1996 towards members of Colombian trade unions; and secondly, alleged bad effects on the local water of Coke's bottling plants in India.The Union replaced Coca-Cola with other drinks brands and has not sold Coca-Cola products since 2006. They also receive the worst rankings for tax avoidance and palm oil on Ethical Consumer, and in November 2017 it was reported that a subsidiary of Coca Cola was using structures from the overturned Suharto dictatorship in Indonesia to prevent workers’ right to organise (under the “Workers’ Rights” tab on the above link).

 

Policy: Background:

In 2005, students at the Students’ Union’s Annual General Meeting voted to boycott Coca-Cola products in our shops & bars on ethical grounds.The two issues raised were firstly, claims of violence from 1995 and 1996 towards members of Colombian trade unions; and secondly, alleged bad effects on the local water of Coke's bottling plants in India.The Union replaced Coca-Cola with other drinks brands and has not sold Coca-Cola products since 2006. They also receive the worst rankings for tax avoidance and palm oil on Ethical Consumer, and in November 2017 it was reported that a subsidiary of Coca Cola was using structures from the overturned Suharto dictatorship in Indonesia to prevent workers’ right to organise (under the “Workers’ Rights” tab on the above link).

 

Policy aim: To uphold the boycott of Coca Cola products that has been in place since 2006.

 

Policy Objectives: Ban all Coca-Cola products and brands from Union outlets