Mexico: NGOs & academics protest against Coca-Cola FEMSA bottling plant citing water scarcity & health impacts of soft drinks in Chiapas

NGOs and academics protested against a Coca-Cola FEMSA´s bottling plant in San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico. They claim that there is scarcity of water in the region while the plant consumes more than 750,000 liters per day. They also denounced negative health impacts of the population in the Highlands of Chiapas allegedly linked to soft drinks consumption.

The Business & Human Rights Resources Center invited Coca-Cola FEMSA and FEMSA to respond to these allegations; the companies sent a joint response available here. 


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24 April 2017

Coca Cola FEMSA & FEMSA reponse

Author: Coca Cola FEMSA & FEMSA

Coca-Cola FEMSA is committed with the sustainable development of its associates, communities and the environment. Based on this premise in San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas we operate according with the legal framework and under internal processes to guarantee efficient water use. Additionally we run programs to replenish to communities and the environment  the same amount of water we use in the elaboration of our beverages. Through our National Reforestation and Harvesting Program in alliance with Coca-Cola Mexico Foundation and Pronatura, we have planted in the last 8 years more than 205,000 trees in the state of Chiapas and installed 19 water community tanks, 38 roof-water collectors, 45 backyard orchards, 15 fruit orchards, 35 wood saving stoves and 2 outdoor gyms to directly benefit the communities close to our operation and in the State of Chiapas.

11 April 2017

Chiapas: Protest to cancel Femsa-Coca Cola concession in San Cristobal de las Casas

Author: SIPAZ (Mexico)

On April 10th…organizations and neighborhoods of San Cristobal de las Casas made a march to demand the cancellation of the concession to Femsa Coca Cola or at least a cap on the extraction of water from the plant installed in this city.They denounced that, “this company extracts more than 750,000 liters of water every day in a city that faces a growing shortage of this liquid. In addition to being responsible for the serious health consequences of the high consumption of Coca Cola and other sugary drinks, which have caused a serious epidemic of obesity, diabetes and dental caries suffered by the population of the Chiapas Highlands”….

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