The Coca-Cola Company has met with students in the US to try and clear its name of allegations it is involved in violence that has led to the deaths of labour activists in Colombia.

Officials from the company have been visiting universities recently. A meeting last week took the programme to another level when executives met with a student group where at least 12 universities were represented.

The meeting was used to explain the findings of an inspection of its Colombian operations, published last month, by Cal Safety Compliance Corporation. The audit for Coke said it found no evidence of serious malpractice.

However, the audit only covered current practices and did not investigate allegations from the past.