"The Coca-Cola Company (TCCC) is committed to operate with the highest possible ethical standards both internally and externally with suppliers and partners."
That’s an official statement by a spokesman for the mother of all Coca-Cola companies, based in Atlanta, USA. And that’s probably what we all thought. Foolishly. It’s certainly what Erich Schravesande – a Durban businessman doing general export business into Africa – thought in the year 2000, when a friend introduced him to Hans Kaltenbrun, Chairman of Coca-Cola Canners of Southern Africa (Pty) Ltd (CCCSA) and technical director of Coca-Cola South and East Africa (CCSEA), with a view to their doing business together.