Coca-Cola is a major FIFA World Cup sponsor, paying a whopping $30 million to sponsor the event. To pull off the World Cup, Qatar recruited 1.5 million workers from across Southeast Asia — but the conditions these workers find themselves in is nothing short of appalling. Many workers are dying.
Coke has released a statement
condemning human rights abuses in Qatar, but has not threatened to withdraw sponsorship. Please sign the petition to ask Coca-Cola to threaten to withdraw sponsorship if Qatar does not properly address human rights abuses.
Squalid living conditions have killed 1,200 workers
since Qatar won its bid to host the World Cup in 2010, and some are predicting this number will climb to 4,000 by the time the games take place in 2022. According to
, Nepalese migrants there died at a rate of one every two days in 2014.
A whopping 964 workers from Nepal, India, and Bangladesh died while living and working in Qatar in 2012 and 2013.
In addition, Qatar has barred Nepalese workers from returning home
for the funerals of friends and family killed in the April 2015 earthquake. The country's “kafala” system ties migrant workers to a sponsoring employer, meaning employers can prevent workers from switching jobs or leaving the country.
It's time for Coca-Cola to do more to stand up for workers in Qatar. Please sign the petition to ask Coca-Cola to threaten to withdraw sponsorship if Qatar does not properly address human rights abuses.