Controversy

A dubious alliance

Print edition : April 17, 2015

The main entrance of the Coca-Cola factory at Plachimada in Palakkad district, Kerala. This plant came under scrutiny in 2004 and was later ordered to be shut down for violating various laws. Photo: C. Ratheesh Kumar

Union Water Resources Minister Uma Bharati with Venkatesh Kini (right), president, Coca-Cola India, and R.K. Pachauri (left), director general of TERI and chancellor of TERI University, at a seminar on “Cleaning of India’s rivers: Design of participatory approaches”, in New Delhi on October 7, 2014. Photo: Kamal Narang

Coca-Cola's bottling plant in Mehdiganj, Uttar Pradesh. Photo: Prashanth Vishwanathan/Bloomberg

TERI’s partnership with Coca-Cola, whose business practices in India and abroad have been called into question more than once, raises questions of ethics.
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