Coca-Cola Releases 2011-2012 Global Sustainability Report
Report Highlights Sustainability-Minded Innovations Critical to Formula for
ATLANTA -- November 07, 2012
The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO) today issued its ninth annual Sustainability
Report and second Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Report highlighting the
Company’s efforts to create value for shareowners while enhancing well-being
for people and communities around the globe.
“Coca-Cola is intent on growing our business by making a difference wherever
our business touches the world and the world touches our business. We are
committed to enhancing people’s lives, economically empowering women,
providing access to safe water and promoting water replenishment – in
collaboration with critical partners from civil society and government,” said
Bea Perez, Chief Sustainability Officer at The Coca-Cola Company.
Since naming its first Chief Sustainability Officer in July 2011, the Company
has evolved its sustainability framework. Formerly organized across seven
pillars and themed, “Live Positively,” the new framework focuses
sustainability efforts into three pillars: People, Communities and
Environment. This new approach was designed to further embed sustainability
initiatives into business plans, while providing clarity to consumers.
Highlights of key sustainability efforts and accomplishments achieved by the
Company and its nearly 275 bottling partners worldwide, many of which are
detailed further in the 2011-2012 Sustainability Report, include:
*Our portfolio includes full-, reduced-, low- and no-calorie sparkling
beverages, waters, juice and juice drinks, sports and energy drinks, teas,
coffees, and milk- and soy-based beverages. We now offer more than 800
low- or no-calorie options — nearly 25 percent of our global portfolio.
Since 2000, our average calories per serving have decreased by 9 percent
*The Coca-Cola system currently sponsors more than 280 physical activity
and nutrition education programs in more than 115 countries with a goal to
provide at least one such program in the more than 200 countries where it
has operations by 2015.
*The Company’s 5by20 initiative to enable the economic empowerment of 5
million women entrepreneurs across its value chain by 2020 has gained
exciting momentum over the past year. By the end of 2011, 131,000 women
were empowered throughout Brazil, India, the Philippines and South Africa,
by programs that offered access to business skills training, financial
services, assets and networks of mentors and peers. We expect to enable
the economic empowerment of 300,000 women by the end of 2012.
*In 2011, the Company and The Coca-Cola Foundation gave back a total of
$123.5 million to improve living standards for people around the world.
This is a 21 percent increase over 2010.
*Since 2005, as part of the efforts to become water neutral by 2020, the
Coca-Cola system has conducted 382 community water projects in 94
countries, working hand in hand with local governments and partners
including WWF, the United States Agency for International Development, The
Nature Conservancy and CARE. Also in 2011, the water use ratio in
manufacturing operations achieved its targeted 20 percent reduction, based
on a 2004 baseline. In September of this year, the Company announced a
long-term global clean water partnership with DEKA Research and
Development to bring DEKA President Dean Kamen's "Slingshot" technology to
communities where potable water access is limited.
*The Company has distributed more than 10 billion fully recyclable
PlantBottle™ packages across 24 countries, eliminating the need for the
equivalent of more than 200,000 barrels of oil since the debut of this
innovative plastic bottle in 2009. To continue to accelerate global
production of plastic packaging made from plants, in September of this
year, the Company announced a partnership with JBF Industries Ltd. To
support the partnership, JBF Industries Ltd. will build the world's
largest facility to produce bioglycol – the key ingredient used to make
*In response to a 2015 goal for all new cold-drink equipment to be
HFC-free, approximately 24 percent of our 2011 cold-drink equipment
purchases were HFC-free. Also in 2011, CO was adopted as the system’s
HFC-free refrigerant of choice for new equipment purchases. By phasing out
HFCs, the Company expects to avoid the emission of more than 52.5 million
metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent over the life of its equipment
*With long-standing conservation partner WWF, Coca-Cola launched Arctic
Home, the Company’s largest cause-marketing campaign in its history.
Together with Coca-Cola fans, awareness and funds were raised to help
protect the polar bear and its habitat.
Perez says, “We recognize that the sustainability of our business depends on
the health of the communities we serve. We also know that we won’t reach our
2020 Vision of doubling the business without embedding sustainability into our
business to drive efficiency and effectiveness.”
The 2011-2012 Sustainability Report is a fully interactive website featuring
videos, social media capabilities, third-party opinions on global challenges,
and an updated digital design. The report, which can be accessed through
smartphones, tablets and other popular mobile devices, follows the GRI’s
disclosure and reporting requirements, earning the Company’s second
self-declared grade level B+ with external verification performed by FIRA
To view The Coca-Cola Company’s 2011-2012 Sustainability Report, visit
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, the world's most valuable brand, our Company's portfolio features
15 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
1.8 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
www.thecoca-colacompany.com, follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/CocaColaCo or
visit our blog at www.coca-colablog.com.
The Coca-Cola Company
Cassandra Garber, +01 404.676.2683
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