Does Coca‑Cola Great Britain support any particular charities or community projects?
A global commitment
Globally, The Coca-Cola Company has pledged to give a portion of what it earns to charities. In 2011 we gave £76.7m ($123.5m, 1.2 per cent of our operating income) to community projects all over the world through donations from The Coca-Cola Foundation, the charitable arm of our business.
Making a difference locally
In Great Britain, we are committed to making a positive difference in our communities, working with local partners and making sure our staff can be actively involved. We get involved in a variety of projects around the UK, in locations where we have manufacturing sites and offices. Every year we invest money in community projects and partnerships, encouraging our staff to volunteer their time, raise funds and give our drinks products in kind.
Together, Coca-Cola Great Britain and Coca-Cola Enterprises contributed over £2m to UK community projects in 2011. We particularly focus on business education, supporting physical activity programmes in disadvantaged communities and recycling.
For example, our drinks have always been popular with young people, especially teenagers, so we aim to return the compliment by making a positive difference to their lives. We support education programmes and encourage active lifestyles, in order to help teenagers achieve their personal best. As part of our commitment to educating young people about business and enterprise, we've established Education Centres at our major manufacturing sites. We also support the charity StreetGames, which provides grassroots sports and activities for young people in the UK’s most disadvantaged communities, helping them to be more active and gain qualifications through volunteering and coaching.
Coca Cola has also enjoyed a 35-year relationship with Special Olympics Great Britain. Through annual funding and support, we provide vital running costs for the charity and we’re helping them expand their programme of Unified Sports. Members on our loyalty website Coke Zone can also donate points to the charity, which can be turned into extra cash for athlete equipment and to support their 2013 National Summer Games in Bath.
Water is at the heart of our business, and as part of our wider partnership with conservation charity WWF we’re working to conserve two chalk stream rivers that are linked to our operations in England. Close to our offices in Hammersmith, London, our staff regularly help out with river clean-ups and litter-picks with the environment charity Thames21.