Thursday, November 6, 2008

Neville Isdell, Chairman of The Coca-Cola Company, to Receive Ethics Advocate Award from Georgia State

Neville Isdell, chairman of the Board of Directors of The Coca-Cola Company, will receive the 2008 Ethics Advocate Award from the Center for Ethics and Corporate Responsibility, a unit of the J. Mack Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University. The award will be presented at the Carter Center on Thursday, November 6.

The Ethics Advocate Award honors an individual who is an effective agent of change in a particular field or in the business community at large. Mr. Isdell was selected for advancing corporate social responsibility and environmental sustainability within The Coca-Cola Company as well as for inspiring business leaders around the globe to address their firms' responsibilities.

"Neville Isdell has challenged his company and his corporate peers to engage stakeholders and critics in their firms' initiatives to create healthy, sustainable communities," said Steve Olson, director of the Center for Ethics and Corporate Responsibility. "Whether workforce diversity or human rights; employee and family health or workplace safety; or the sustainable use of water, energy and natural resources, Mr. Isdell has ensured that The Coca-Cola Company is committed to the highest standards of ethics and moral responsibility across its operations."

"It is an honor to accept this recognition on behalf of the men and women of The Coca-Cola Company," Mr. Isdell said. "Our business depends on consumers choosing to invite us into their lives, and we understand that consumers only issue those invitations to companies and brands they trust and respect. This award is indeed an honor, but it is also an affirmation that our work must continue and evolve if we are to stay relevant."

Mr. Isdell is the sixth individual to receive the Ethics Advocate Award. He joins:
Charles Brewer, founder of MindSpring Enterprises and Green Street Properties, for advocacy of values-based management, 2007
The Honorable Shirley Franklin, Mayor, City of Atlanta, for restoring trust in city government through an "ethics first" approach, 2006
Bill Bolling, Executive Director, Atlanta Community Food Bank, for compelling businesses to fulfill their responsibility to hungry and illiterate citizens, 2005
Ray C. Anderson, founder and Chairman, Interface, Inc., for advocacy of environmental sustainability, 2004
The Honorable Robert Benham, Justice, Supreme Court of Georgia, for advocacy of ethics, equality and fairness in judicial reform, 2003

Like his predecessors, Mr. Isdell will be presented with a sculpture consisting of a sphere within a crystal cube, resting on a patina bronze that bears the honoree's name. Malcolm Grear, a world-renowned artist best known to Atlantans for the Quilt of Leaves motif he designed for the 1996 Summer Olympic Games, created the sculpture.

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