The Coca-Cola Company has donated US$10m to the Colombian Foundation for Education and Opportunity, a Reuters report said today.

The Foundation aims to provide education and opportunity to those hit by the country's civil violence. Coke has been accused in the past of condoning violence in the country by ignoring the murder of union members at its bottling plan in the country, an allegation the soft dirnks group has strenuously denied.

In a statement Coke said: "We believe that this foundation will help to address pressing issues, build capacity and serve as a model for what the private sector can do to help develop sustainable communities around the world."