The conservative group Job Creators Network said they contacted Coca-Cola CEO James Quincey to discuss the new legislation on election integrity law in Georgia, following remarks that the company was open for exchanges. Still, so far, Quincey has not responded, according to Just the News.
Since the introduction of the new law, which was designed to ensure election transparency, antagonists have pressured corporations to join the political arena and act to aid their protest against it. They argue that the bill would pose more difficulties for voters of color and complicate the voting process.
Coca-Cola was among the first companies to speak against the bill after boycott threats from the legislation’s opponents. Subsequently, they faced more boycott calls from individuals of the conservative side. It was unclear if the strikes from the conservative side were effective. However, the company decided to “find a common ground.”
“We believe the best way to make progress now is for everyone to come together to listen, respectfully share concerns, and collaborate on a path forward. We remain open to productive conversations with advocacy groups and lawmakers who may have differing views,” Coca-Cola stated in the letter sent to the Washinton Examiner on April 14. “It’s time to find common ground. In the end, we all want the same thing—free and fair elections, the cornerstone of our democracy.”
Job Creators Network sent a letter to the company’s CEO nearly one week after the statement, inviting him to join a meeting to exchange understandings over Georgia’s voting bill that Gov. Brian Kemp (R) enacted in March.
“As an organization founded by Atlanta business legend Bernie Marcus, I would love to sit down with you [Coca-Cola CEO James Quincey] and discuss our perspective on the Georgia election law and the effects of corporate boycotts on the very people they claim to be helping,” the invitation read. It firmly stated that it was important for influential corporations to “verify the truth, rather than simply echo unfounded accusations.”
They have not received any response yet from Quincey.
“It’s disappointing that Mr. Quincey won’t respond,” JCN President and CEO Alfredo Ortiz told Just the News on Thursday, April 29.
Ortiz added that procrastinating over the reply might indicate Coca-Cola was not sincere with its statement on welcoming views from different sides of the legislation.
“Mr. Quincey’s silence raises concerns that he wasn’t serious about having a good-faith discussion about the Georgia voting law—that it was just a PR stunt after a severe public backlash,” he said.