The actions done by coca cola in kala dera are

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The actions done by Coca-Cola in Kala Dera are unethical because they make the lives of many villagers much more difficult; the moral standards of the corporation have a negative effect on the innocent villagers. These actions also go against basic principles such as non-malificence, beneficence, and justice. Furthermore, the actions of Coca- Cola connect back to the philosopher Thomas Hobbes’ theory that humans are only concerned with themselves, and most adults have not been trained to care for others. Similarly, the executives of Coca-Cola are primarily concerned about themselves/their families, and should be trained to care about the families in Kala Dera. Nonetheless, there are ways in which Coca- Cola could help the innocent village of Kala Dera; it could re-locate the plant to an area where water shortages are not a problem or it could store water from previous seasons. There is still no doubt at all that Coca-Cola is one of the most popular drinks around the world, however, it seems as if the corporation does not apply ethics when it comes to treating its employees. In the documentary, “The Coca-Cola Case,” young workers in developing countries such as Mexico explain how Coca-Cola does not always provide them with everything they need. Although they are happy that the company provides them with a truck to deliver the drinks, it is not completely fair that these poor workers have to pay for the truck everyday. Furthermore, they have very little money to cover for the expenses of lost or broken bottles/crates, or when a client forgets a crate. Even after working, the young employees barely make enough money to take home because most of it contributes to paying for uniforms, insurance, and expenses. The unfairness towards the poor Coca-Cola workers can simply be
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changed; Coca-Cola, a very wealthy corporation that made about $11.81 billion in its net income over the past year (stated on the Coca-Cola website), can definitely be kind to give its workers in third world countries a few benefits. For example, the large corporation could cover costs for lost/damaged items, therefore, the workers who make only a few dollars a day in poverty, do not have to worry about covering the costs. If possible, Coca-Cola could pay for the uniforms and expenses of its employees; therefore they would be proud to say they work for Coca-Cola. Coca-Cola makes amazing drinks that North Americans love, however, the corporation behaves unethically in other parts of the world. For instance, the bottling plants in India cause a loss of groundwater for the villagers; making life much more difficult for some Indians. A way that life could be easier for them is if Coca Cola could re-locate the plant to an area where water shortages are not a problem or it could store water from previous seasons. Furthermore, there are many workers in developing countries who barely have any money to pay for the expenses and costs of being a worker for Coca-Cola. The corporation could try to ease the burdens of these poor people by covering some costs for them such as paying for uniforms and insurance. Therefore, Coca-Cola could change its unethical behaviours, and be known as an ethical company. Sincerely, Sharon Singh, Concerned Customer
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  • Spring '11
  • Mr.Cowley
  • The Coca-Cola Company, Kala Dera

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