ADDING MULTIMEDIA The Coca-Cola Company Expands 5by20 Women's Economic Empowerment Initiative

  ADDING MULTIMEDIA The Coca-Cola Company Expands 5by20 Women's Economic
  Empowerment Initiative

 Expansion Triples the Number of Countries; UN Women Partnership Drives Three
                                 New Programs

Business Wire

ATLANTA -- November 26, 2012

The Coca-Cola Company today announced strong progress toward its goal to
enable the economic empowerment of 5 million women entrepreneurs across the
Coca-Cola value chain by 2020. The initiative, known as 5by20, is expanding
beyond its pilot programs in four countries to launch and scale programs
across a total of 12 countries: Brazil, China, Costa Rica, Egypt, Haiti,
India, Kenya, Mexico, Nigeria, the Philippines, South Africa and Thailand.
5by20 is on track to reach 300,000 women by the end of 2012.

Malehlohonolo Moleko of Vander Bjilpark, South Africa is a bakery owner, a
shop owner and a mother. ...

Malehlohonolo Moleko of Vander Bjilpark, South Africa is a bakery owner, a
shop owner and a mother. She participated in a 5by20 business skills training
course and learned how to balance budgets, stock inventory and ultimately how
to increase her business' revenue. (Photo: Business Wire)

By providing access to business skills, financial services, assets and support
networks of peers and mentors, 5by20 is helping women succeed as
entrepreneurs, while also creating thriving, sustainable communities.

“Working with and investing in women is one of the most powerful ways to spur
sustainable economic growth and development,” said Muhtar Kent, Chairman and
CEO of The Coca-Cola Company. “I’m excited by the progress we’re making toward
our goal to empower 5 million women. We are transforming lives and
communities, making a profound and lasting impact on global issues and also
growing our business.”

Initially focused on four pilot countries – Brazil, India, South Africa and
the Philippines – the expansion of 5by20 into additional countries
demonstrates The Coca-Cola Company’s continued commitment to testing, learning
and scaling programs in order to reach its ambitious women’s economic
empowerment goal.

This expansion includes the launch of 5by20 in China in partnership with All
China Women’s Federation to provide business skills to female retailers, with
the initial pilot program underway in Guangxi Province. In Kenya, young women
entrepreneurs are receiving business skills training and retail assets to
establish new enterprises in partnership with TechnoServe. In Mexico, young
women are receiving business skills training and being trained for their first
job.

In addition several new 5by20 programs are a result of the partnership The
Coca-Cola Company and UN Women announced in September 2011.

“Women need more opportunities to participate fully and equally in the
workforce. Countless studies point to the fact that companies with a higher
share of women have improved results—higher levels of innovation, productivity
and profit margins,” said Michelle Bachelet, UN Women Executive Director. “UN
Women supports women’s economic empowerment as a key priority to advance
gender equality and improve the lives of women around the world.”

The Coca-Cola Company and UN Women’s US$4 million partnership will
economically empower 40,000 women over three years in South Africa, Brazil and
Egypt. The two organizations are collaborating to provide women with business
skills training, leadership training and access to financial assets. UN Women
is the UN organization established as a global champion for women and girls.

“We know that women’s income goes directly to their children’s education and
other family needs,” adds Kristin Hetle, Director of UN Women’s Strategic
Partnerships Division. “The collaboration between The Coca-Cola Company and UN
Women will benefit communities at large and future generations.”

In Egypt, The Coca-Cola Company and UN Women are providing women entrepreneurs
with retail kiosks, business skills training and access to mentors. In Brazil,
the partnership is focused on reaching women recyclers, artisans and community
leaders throughout Coca-Cola’s value chain to provide leadership skill
development and business skills training. In South Africa, the two
organizations are providing retailers with business skills training, mentoring
and guidance on networking with peers.

“Women entrepreneurs around the world are faced with numerous barriers to
success,” said Charlotte Oades, Global Director, Women’s Economic Empowerment,
The Coca-Cola Company. “We believe providing access to training, finance and
support networks are the best ways to help women overcome barriers, unlock
their untapped potential and build their business in a sustainable way.”

In addition to the 5by20 initiative, The Coca-Cola Company supports other
women’s economic empowerment efforts around the world. In June, as part of our
re-entry into Myanmar, the Company announced a US$3 million grant from The
Coca-Cola Foundation, the Company's charitable giving arm, to Pact. The
Company will work with Pact, a non-governmental organization, to support
women's economic empowerment and job creation initiatives throughout the
country through a program called WORTH. This program will initially fund women
interested in supporting a variety of businesses, and Coca-Cola expects the
program to eventually identify women entrepreneurs interested in becoming
independent shopkeepers and distributors of Coca-Cola products.

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.coca-colacompany.com, follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/CocaColaCo or
visit our blog at www.coca-colablog.com.

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