Petition Against the Exclusivity and Privacy of the Coca-Cola Ltd. Contract With McMaster University sign now

We, the members of the McMaster community, are concerned about a variety of issues surrounding the exclusivity contract between McMaster University and Coca-Cola Ltd. This exclusivity contract has resulted in Coca-Cola Ltd. products being the only beverages (supplied, dispensed, and advertised) on the McMaster campus. This contract has resulted in the presence of a corporate monopoly on campus, and the severe hindrance of freedom of choice. Furthermore, the very details of this contract have been veiled in secrecy and access to the contract has been rendered impossible. Last, we wish to express our concern surrounding the growing trend towards privatization at McMaster University.

We, the undersigned, urge that the following actions take place:

1. Allow us unconditional access to view the exclusivity contract that has been signed between McMaster University and Coca-Cola Ltd.

We, the members of the McMaster community, have the unconditional right to know the undertakings and agreements made between our university and other parties. This agreement should have never been made classified, and we urge the administration of McMaster University to rectify this mistake by allowing unconditional access to this contract, and any other exclusivity contracts that McMaster University may hold.

2. Allow beverages from other manufacturers on campus.

We, the members of the McMaster community, must be provided with the opportunity to exercise our freedom of choice. Beverages available on campus must no longer be limited to Coca-Cola Ltd. soft drinks, juice products, and Dasani water. If this action shall result in the breaking of the exclusivity contract with Coca-Cola Ltd., then this is the action that we urge the administration of McMaster University staff to undertake.

3. Refuse the future occurrence of exclusivity contracts at McMaster University.

We, the members of the McMaster community, believe that exclusivity contracts represent a grave offence to freedom of choice. At a university that supposedly promotes diversity and freedom of choice, every one of us deserves the ability to choose which products we purchase, and from whom we wish to purchase them. The administration of McMaster University must take appropriate actions to ensure that a diversity of products and companies are available on the McMaster campus so that we may exercise our right of freedom of choice.

4. Members of the McMaster community who wish to voice an opinion should be consulted and provided access to debate future "exclusivity" or "preferred supplier" contracts at McMaster University.

No longer shall negotiations for exclusivity or preferred supplier contracts be overseen and implemented solely by the McMaster University Vice-President (or President) of University Advancement. All future contracts should be discussed with the members of the McMaster community, and our endorsement the sole mitigating factor of McMaster University's entrance into said contracts.

5. If they are to do business here the administration of McMaster University must pressure companies like Coca-Cola Ltd. to be responsible with concern to human and worker rights.

Stated in McMaster University's Code of Labour Practices for University Suppliers and Licensees, all non-apparel licensed products "are manufactured and sold by companies with ethical labour standards and practices." We believe that Coca-Cola Ltd., has both directly, and indirectly through its contractors, committed a number of human rights and worker rights violations.


We, the undersigned, further request that the following list of questions be addressed by the administration and MSU at McMaster University. These answers should be made available to all members of the McMaster Community through a public and easily accessible medium, preferably the Silhouette.

1. The MSU has its own exclusivity contracts with Coca-Cold Ltd. Furthermore, a "Coke Rep" sits in on the student council. Why has Coca-Cola Ltd. been permitted to participate in our elected student government (the MSU)?

2. Any contract that involves the student body of McMaster University should be made available to the student body. Why were the details of McMaster University's exclusivity contract with Coca-Cola Ltd. classified?

3. What place does corporate sponsorship have in an educational setting?

4. In their corporate dealings, the University administration seems to be divorced from any concerns regarding the well-being of the student body. Why are business contracts like Coca-Cola Ltd.'s exclusivity contract procured without being approved by the board of governors, and/or the students themselves?

We, as members of this university, deserve the right to choose which products we purchase, and from whom we wish to purchase them. We have the right to know the details of the agreements made between our university and other parties. It is our duty to make sure that the companies that our university does business with, and loans our name to, act responsibly and respect basic human rights.

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