Killer Coke
A Never-ending Story of Exploitation, Greed, Lies, Cover-ups and Complicity in Kidnapping, Torture, Murder and other Gross Human Rights Abuses

Schools Active in the Campaign

Colleges and Universities active in the Campaign to Stop Killer Coke include:

  • Aquinas College, Michigan *
  • Banaras Hindu University *
  • Bard College, New York *
  • Bryn Mawr College *
  • California State University, Long Beach
  • Carleton College, Minnesota *
  • Carleton University, Canada
  • Castleknock Community College, Ireland *
  • Chabot College, California *
  • City University of New York, New York*(7)
  • City University of New York Law School *
  • College of the Atlantic, Maine*
  • College of DuPage, Illinois *
  • DePaul University, Illinois *
  • Dickinson College, Pennsylvania
  • Dominican University, Illinois *
  • Evergreen Valley College, California *
  • Fresno City College, California (also Reedley College, Clovis Center, Madera Center & Oakhurst Center which are all covered by the same contract) * *
  • Grand Rapids Community College, Michigan
  • Grinnell College, Iowa * (5)
  • Guilford College, North Carolina *
  • Hampshire College, Massachusetts *
  • Hofstra University, New York * (1)
  • Joseph Murphy Institute, CUNY, New York *
  • Knox College, Illinois
  • Lake Forest College, Illinois *
  • Loyola University, Illinois * (1)
  • Macalester College, Minnesota * (1)
  • Manhattanville College, New York *
  • McMaster University, Canada * (2) (1)
  • Michigan State University, Michigan
  • Mount Allison University, Canada
  • National College of Art and Design, Ireland *
  • New York University, New York * (8)
  • Northern Michigan University
  • Norwegian Colleges & Universities * (4)
  • Oberlin College, Ohio *
  • Oxford University, UK (Wadham * , St. John's * , St. Hilda's * JCR)
  • Queens College, CUNY, New York
  • Queensborough Community College, CUNY, New York *
  • Roma Tre, Rome, Italy *
  • Rutgers University, New Jersey *
  • San Jose City College, California *
  • St. Joseph's University, Pennsylvania *
  • St. Olaf, Minnesota
  • Salem State College, Massachusetts *
  • School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), UK *
  • Simon's Rock College, Massachusetts *
  • Skidmore College, New York *
  • Smith College, Massachusetts *
  • Stockholm University, Sweden
  • SUNY Stony Brook, New York *
  • Sussex University, UK *
  • Union Theological Seminary, New York *
  • University of Bangor, UK *
  • University of British Columbia, Canada
  • University of California, Berkeley, California *
  • University of Guelph — Student Union, Canada *
  • University of Illinois * (6)
  • University of Letheridge, Canada
  • University of Manchester, UK *
  • University of New Hampshire
  • University of Santa Clara, California *
  • University of Saskatchewan, Canada *
  • Warren Wilson College, North Carolina

High Schools active in the Campaign to Stop Killer Coke include:

  • Eden Prairie High School, Minnesota
  • St. Peter's Prep, New Jersey *
  • The Student School, Canada *
  • Turners Fall High School, Massachusetts * (3)

* Campuses that have terminated major contracts with Coca-Cola due to the company's labor, human rights and environmental abuses in Colombia and worldwide. Many labor unions and other institutions (such as the Park Slope Food Coop in Brooklyn, NY) have also terminated contracts and/or removed Coke machines or banned the sale of distribution of Coke products from their premises.

(1) Did not renew its exclusive contract with Coke.

(2) Passed a non-binding resolution to not renew its contract with Coke.

(3)The Gill-Montague (Massachusetts) School Committee voted to not accept Coke's offer of a new scoreboard for the high school athletic field in exchange for a 7-year contract to sell Coke products in the schools. Gill and Montague are two small towns (populations of about 1,000 and 8,000) in Western Massachusetts. The school district is composed of several elementary schools (Gill, Hillcrest, Montague Center and Sheffield Elementary Schools), 1 middle school (Great Falls Middle School), and 1 high school (Turners Fall High School).

(4) Samskipnaden i Oslo (Foundation for Student Life in Oslo) made the decision not to renew Coca-Cola's exclusive contract and also restrict campus market share for new contracts to 80%, meeting both the student campaign demands. The primary contract, effective January 1, 2010, was awarded to Ringnes, and applies to colleges and universities across Norway .

(5) Ended its exclusive contract with Coke in Sept. 2006. "There are now 10 Coke vending machines on campus, down from 26 last year. Pepsi has installed 11 machines and Doctor Pepper/7-Up has 12."

(6) Before Coke was booted out of the University of Illinois, Coca-Cola was the exclusive beverage vendor on the Urbana-Champaign campus, and Pepsi was the exclusive vendor on the Chicago campus. The Springfield campus sold both companies' products.

(7) CUNY, with campuses located throughout New York City, which is the largest consumer market in the United States, consists of 24 institutions including 11 senior colleges and 7 community colleges with more than 540,000 students and 40,000 faculty and staff, a total populace that is about the size of the city of Boston.

Research showed that Coca-Cola was the dominant brand at CUNY covering half of CUNY's population with exclusive Pouring Rights Contracts on at least eight of CUNY's campuses and shared presence in other facilities. Coke's market at CUNY would have been even larger except for the fact that the Campaign, working with student leaders in 2006, got Coke kicked out of Queensborough Community College where it had an exclusive Pouring Rights Contract and out of CUNY School of Law, one of the country's pre-eminent public interest law schools. The Joseph Murphy Institute at CUNY, in support of the Campaign, also cut its ties with Coca-Cola by removing Coke machines in 2007.

Coke initially was in the Catbird Seat and was expected to secure this contract. However, Coke and the CUNY administration both knew it wasn't feasible because of Coke's record of complicity in violence in Latin America, because of the numerous racial discrimination lawsuits filed by Black and Latino Coca-Cola employees working in plants in and around New York City and because Black and Latino students comprise more than 50 percent of CUNY's student body. The loss of CUNY is costing the company hundreds of millions of dollars in lost revenues and hundreds of millions more in brand promotion and brand value.

(8) To read about the NYU campaign, view Ray Rogers' Letter to NYU Administrators