Foreign Direct Investment, Political and Civil Liberties: The role of Business Education in shaping the current paradigm Dr Fragkiskos Filippaios Kent Business School University of Kent Business Week 2011
The US-based International Labour Rights Fund, and the US United Steelworkers filed a lawsuit against Coca-Cola accusing its franchised bottle plant in Colombia of using paramilitaries to suppress union activity
The lawsuit filed in Miami in 2001 alleged that the company "maintains open relations with murderous death squads as part of a program to intimidate trade union leaders."
Coca-Cola said it could not be held responsible because the plants were not directly under its control
In the 1990s McLibel case, McDonalds were found to "exploit children", be "culpably responsible for animal cruelty", and have "advertisements, promotions and booklets which have pretended to a positive nutritional benefit which their food did not match"
Its record of labour, working conditions, unionism and pay was criticised.
“ Rights to participate meaningfully in the political process . In a democracy this means the right of all adults to vote and compete for public office, and for elected representatives to have a decisive vote on public policies.”
“ Civil Liberties are rights to free expression, to organize or demonstrate , as well as rights to degree of autonomy such as provided by freedom of religion, educations, travel, and other personal rights.”
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