Union Theological Seminary Kicks Coca-Cola Off Campus
NEW YORK, April 19, 2005 -- Union Theological Seminary in the City of New
York has joined the growing number of educational institutions in the United
States and around the world who have banned the sale of Coca-Cola products
on their campuses.
“Upon the recommendation of the Seminary’s Institutional and Community
Affairs Committee, I have approved a boycott of Coca-Cola products on the
Union Theological Seminary campus,” said President Joseph C. Hough, Jr., in
his announcement to the Seminary community. “This recommendation came with
considerable evidence that firms associated with Coca-Cola have been engaged
in actions that violate basic standards for human rights and environmental
safety in countries outside the United States.”
President Hough and the student leaders who brought this issue to his
attention see this action as a symbolic call for the Coca-Cola Company and
its affiliates to abandon unfair labor practices in Latin America and other
practices that undermine basic human rights and damage the environment in
Coca-Cola vending machines will be removed from Union by the close of the
semester and replaced by other vending machines; administrative staff
members have been instructed not to purchase Coca-Cola products for informal
meals and receptions; and Showstoppers, the Seminary’s in-house caterer, has
agreed to stop offering Coca-Cola products.
Union Theological Seminary, founded in 1836, is an independent, ecumenical
graduate school of theology with the mission to educate men and women for
ministries in the Christian faith, service in contemporary society, and
study of the great issues of our time. The Seminary believes that the city
remains a critical training ground for facing such issues.
Director of Communications
Union Theological Seminary
New York NY 10027
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