In October 2020 Ethical Consumer searched the Coca-Cola website for its policy on animal testing.

The FAQ webpage stated "We don't test our beverages on animals, and we encourage our suppliers to use alternatives to animal testing whenever possible."

As the company did not operate in a sector where animal testing was common, this reference was marked information only.

Reference: (19 October 2020)

In November 2020 Ethical Consumer searched the Costa website. The menu listed a number of items containing meat and dairy that were not certified organic or free range. In absence of a statement stating otherwise, Ethical Consumer assumed it highly likely that these products were derived from factory farmed animals. The company therefore lost marks in the Animal Rights and Factory Farming categories.

In addition, in March 2015 the British government website,, stated that the EU animal feed industry imported 70% of its maize, soya and rapeseed requirements; that "almost all" of the soya from the major producers Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and the USA was genetically modified and that "much of" the maize imported from the USA was genetically modified. Costa had no policy or statement regarding GMOs in products or animal feed. Ethical Consumer therefore felt it highly likely that Costa animal products were raised with the use of GM feed and it therefore lost half a mark in the Controversial Technology category.

Reference: (23 November 2020)

In October 2020, Ethical Consumer viewed the Coca Cola Company website for information about the company's approach to Animal Rights.

The Coca-Cola UK website stated that the following drinks contained animal derivatives:
Lilt Zero
Kia-Ora Orange Squash No Added Sugar
Schweppes Indian Tonic Water
Schweppes Orange Squash
Honest (Lemon and Honey)
Glaceau Vitaminwater Zero Sunshine and Multi V
Costa Coffee Ready-to-Drink Caramel Latte
Costa Coffee Ready-to-Drink Latte
Costa Coffee Ready-to-Drink Americano

The above drinks contained fish gelatine; honey; vitamin D sourced from lanolin in sheep's wool; or milk.

As the company retailed milk products not labelled organic or free-range, had no bee welfare policy for its honey, and sold products containing gelatine and vitamin D sourced from lanolin, it lost a whole mark under Ethical Consumer's Animal Rights category

Reference: (19 October 2020)

No update was found when searched for in November 2020, so this reference is for information only. According to SHARK's website,, viewed by Ethical Consumer August 2017, Coca-Cola was a prominently displayed major sponsor at many of the world's largest rodeos, such as the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo, the Pendleton Round-Up, and the Houston Rodeo. SHARK has documented abuse, injuries, and deaths at rodeos around the country. Images found were from 2012 and 2013. In defence Coca Cola claimed that bottlers were able to do their own independent advertising without violating Coke's Animal Welfare Policy.


Shark online (26 July 2016)