At The Coca Cola Company we believe that we are one of the world’s most inclusive brands. We’re proud to serve our drinks everywhere we are allowed to operate which amounts to over 200 countries around the world, including 14 countries in the Middle East.
In recent times we’ve received a number of questions, and heard a few misconceptions, about our operations in the Middle East and in Palestine specifically.
It’s important to us that we operate with openness, so we want to share some background to our Palestinian business and some of the things that we are proud of since we started our operations there in 1998.
Our current operations
Today, The Coca Cola Company employs 400 people in three Palestinian bottling plants – in Ramallah, Jericho and Tulkarem – and seven distribution centres. Our business supports a further 4,000 Palestinian households through retail and across our supply chain. We’re proud to be the country’s third largest employer and fifth largest investor.
We know that investment needs to be a continuous cycle for communities and businesses to thrive together. We’re opening a new bottling plant in Gaza in 2015 which represents a £13 million investment and will create 120 jobs, also supporting another 1,200 jobs indirectly.
A positive contribution
We’re proud to have been involved in dozens of community initiatives over the past 16 years. These include an after-school football programme that offers 10,000 Palestinian students football coaching, life-skills training and a health and nutrition curriculum.
We’re equally proud to have given 20,000 Palestinian school students in rural villages access to computer labs for the first time through the Lana Al Ghad school.com project.
These are just two of many examples of initiatives under way.
Our future in Palestine
There is a direct relationship between healthy and successful communities and healthy and successful business, and we believe we can play a role in enabling the economic and social wellbeing of Palestinian communities through our presence there.
We will continue building, continue investing and continue serving Palestinian communities. When we started up in 1998 we made a meaningful commitment to our employees and consumers there. And that isn’t going to change.
- 400 employees
- 3rd largest employer
- 4,000 households supported
- 3 bottling plants
- 7 distribution centres
- 5th largest investor
- $20m investment in new Gaza plant