Water Stewardship
  • Our Position

    1. Water is key to our sustainability journey. It is an essential ingredient in all of our beverages and is needed to produce the agricultural ingredients (e.g. sugar, citrus) on which we rely. Water also is critical to the health and economic prosperity of the communities we serve. If the communities we serve are not sustainable, we cannot have a sustainable business.

    1. Our goal is to ‘give back’ an amount of water equivalent to what we use in all of our products and their production by 2020.

    2. To achieve our water stewardship goal, we are focusing our efforts in three areas:

      1. Improving water-use efficiency by 25 percent by 2020 (baseline 2010).

      2. Treating all wastewater from our manufacturing processes.

      3. Replenishing 100 percent of the water used in our finished beverages back to communities and nature through the support of healthy watersheds and community water programs.

    3. We are working with each of our bottling partners to assess the quality and quantity of our water sources and develop and implement comprehensive Source Water Protection Plans. We estimate that approximately 91 percent of our bottling partners and Company-owned bottling facilities completed this process by the end of 2012 with the remainder having started the process to be completed in 2013.

    Our Progress

    1. The Company has partnered with WWF, CARE, USAID and the UNDP amongst others in order to enable greater access to water and sanitation across the region. In 2009, The Replenish Africa Initiative (RAIN) was launched to respond to the deteriorating water situation on the continent. This is the umbrella programme under which all of the Company's water programmes in Africa are implemented. The RAIN programme is made possible by a USD 30 million contribution over six years by the Company, as well as contributions from other donors. RAIN aims to provide more than 2 million people in Africa with access to drinking water by 2015. RAIN will launch over 100 water programmes across Africa, including water access, productive use of water, watershed protection as well as sanitation and hygiene education programmes. From 2010 to 2012, the Coca-Cola Africa Foundation together with the South African Government, are investing nearly R 30 million for the Water for Schools programme that will deliver clean drinking water to 100 schools and 60,000 learners across South Africa. This is also a legacy project of TCCC's sponsorship of the FIFA World Cup.

    2. We respect the human and ecological needs for water. Through our Water Resource Sustainability Program, we have implemented a rights-based approach to water in requiring our operations to assess vulnerabilities to community sources of water, determine potential impacts from water use and wastewater discharge and then address any issues in a Source Water Protection Plan. (Note: the Company has not formally recognized the human right to water and sanitation.)

    1. In 2013, we renewed our conservation partnership with WWF to help ensure healthy, resilient freshwater systems in 11 key regions across five continents and established new system-wide goals across water, climate, packaging and agriculture.

    2. The Company has partnered with WWF, CARE, USAID and the UNDP amongst others in order to enable greater access to water and sanitation across the region. In 2009, The Replenish Africa Initiative (RAIN) was launched to respond to the deteriorating water situation on the continent. This is the umbrella programme under which all of the Company's water programmes in Africa are implemented. The RAIN programme is made possible by a USD 30 million contribution over six years by the Company, as well as contributions from other donors. RAIN aims to provide more than 2 million people in Africa with access to drinking water by 2015. RAIN will launch over 100 water programmes across Africa, including water access, productive use of water, watershed protection as well as sanitation and hygiene education programmes. From 2010 to 2012, the Coca-Cola Africa Foundation together with the South African Government, are investing nearly R 30 million for the Water for Schools programme that will deliver clean drinking water to 100 schools and 60,000 learners across South Africa. This is also a legacy project of TCCC's sponsorship of the FIFA World Cup.

    3. We respect the human and ecological needs for water. Through our Water Resource Sustainability Program, we have implemented a rights-based approach to water in requiring our operations to assess vulnerabilities to community sources of water, determine potential impacts from water use and wastewater discharge and then address any issues in a Source Water Protection Plan. (Note: the Company has not formally recognized the human right to water and sanitation.)

    4. In 2013, we renewed our conservation partnership with WWF to help ensure healthy, resilient freshwater systems in 11 key regions across five continents and established new system-wide goals across water, climate, packaging and agriculture.

EKOCENTER

In September 2012, our
Company announced a
long-term partnership with
DEKA R&D

To bring Dean Kamen’s “Slingshot” technology, a water purification system, to communities where potable water access is limited

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