Company and its Bottling Partners Replenished an Estimated 94% of 2014 Sales Volume; Working To Be The First Food and Beverage Company To Replenish All The Water It Uses
STOCKHOLM, August 25, 2015 – The Coca-Cola Company and its global bottling partners (the Coca-Cola system) today announced they are on track to meet their 2020 water replenishment goal by the end of 2015. Based on the Coca-Cola system’s global water replenishment projects to date, the system is balancing the equivalent of an estimated 94 percent of the water used in its finished beverages based on 2014 sales volume. Since 2004, Coca-Cola has replenished an estimated 153.6 billion liters of water back to communities and nature through 209 community water projects in 61 countries. The Coca-Cola system returned approximately 126.7 billion liters of water used in its manufacturing processes back to communities and nature through treated wastewater in 2014. These combined efforts put Coca-Cola on track to be the first global food and beverage company to replenish all the water it uses back to communities and nature.
Coca-Cola is able to give back the amount of water equivalent to what it uses in its finished beverages and their production through replenishment projects, increasing water use efficiency in its plants, and returning water to watersheds and municipalities through wastewater treatment. Part of meeting its replenishment goal is engaging in diverse, locally focused community water projects. Each project works toward set objectives such as providing or improving access to safe water and sanitation, protecting watersheds, supporting water conservation and raising awareness on critical local water issues.
“More and more companies now recognize that factoring nature into their decision-making is a smart business strategy. Coca-Cola’s commitment to water underscores that investing in nature can produce very positive returns for businesses and local communities,” said Mark Tercek, President and Chief Executive Officer, The Nature Conservancy (TNC). “TNC is proud of its collaboration with Coca-Cola and congratulates the company and its bottling partners on a very significant achievement.”
Two major contributors to Coca-Cola’s water replenishment activities are The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation’s Replenish Africa Initiative (RAIN) and the Company’s Every Drop Matters partnership with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Through RAIN, Coca-Cola partners with Global Environment & Technology Foundation (GETF), United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP), Millennium Challenge Corporation, WaterAid, Water for People, and other organizations
and local governments to bring safe drinking water to an estimated 6 million Africans by 2020. Through Every Drop Matters, Coca-Cola and UNDP have worked together to improve safe water access for more than an estimated 1 million people in Eastern Europe and the Middle East with projects focused on watershed restoration, sustainable agriculture, infrastructure improvements and advocating for needed water policy. Learn more about Coca-Cola system water partnerships here.
To learn more about Coca-Cola’s water stewardship program, visit the Company’s water stewardship report.
Case study: WWF-UK
Coca-Cola Great Britain (CCGB), Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) and WWF-UK have been working together to secure a thriving future for English rivers since 2012. The first three years of the partnership focused on two chalk stream river catchments directly linked to Coca-Cola’s operations – the Nar in Norfolk, source of some of the sugar beet used in Coca-Cola’s drinks made in Great Britain, and the Cray in South London, near to Coca-Cola Enterprises’ Sidcup manufacturing site. By working closely with farmers, the partnership has replenished more than 280 million litres of water so far.
In July 2015, CCGB, CCE and WWF-UK announced that they had extended their partnership by three more years. The new agreement will see the three organisations significantly scale up their previous work in East Anglia to address the impacts of local agriculture on water quality and quantity and promote sustainable farming to protect some of England’s unique chalk streams. The project will be showcased to drive further collective action by communities, the Government and other businesses. CCGB, CCE and WWF-UK will convene and communicate with their peers and supply chain to encourage the widespread adoption of water-sensitive farming and promote the positive role that responsible businesses have to play in water stewardship.
About The Coca-Cola Company
The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO) is the world's largest beverage company, refreshing consumers with more than 500 sparkling and still brands. Led by Coca-Cola, one of the world's most valuable and recognizable brands, our Company's portfolio features 20 billion-dollar brands including Diet Coke, Fanta, Sprite, Coca-Cola Zero, vitaminwater, Powerade, Minute Maid, Simply, Georgia and Del Valle. Globally, we are the No. 1 provider of sparkling beverages, ready-to-drink coffees, and juices and juice drinks. Through the world's largest beverage distribution system, consumers in more than 200 countries enjoy our beverages at a rate of 1.9 billion servings a day. With an enduring commitment to building sustainable communities, our Company is focused on initiatives that reduce our environmental footprint, support active, healthy living, create a safe, inclusive work environment for our associates, and enhance the economic development of the communities where we operate. Together with our bottling partners, we rank among the world's top 10 private employers with more than 700,000 system associates. For more information, visit Coca-Cola Journey at www.coca-colacompany.com, follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/CocaColaCo, visit our blog, Coca-Cola Unbottled, at www.coca-colablog.com or find us on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/company/the-coca-cola-company.