Coca-Cola Replenishes 108.5 Billion Liters of Water Back to Communities

  Coca-Cola Replenishes 108.5 Billion Liters of Water Back to Communities

  Company and Its Bottling Partners Replenish 68% of Their 2013 Sales Volume
 Through 509 Projects in More Than 100 Countries; on Track to Meet 2020 Goal.

Business Wire

ATLANTA -- June 5, 2014

The Coca-Cola Company and its bottling partners announced today they are on
track to meet their 2020 water replenishment goal by balancing an estimated 68
percent of the water used in their finished beverages based on 2013 sales
volume. To date, Coca-Cola has replenished an estimated 108.5 billion liters
of water back to communities and nature through 509 community water projects
in more than 100 countries.

A woman in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, fills up a water storage container with
safe water for her hom ...

A woman in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, fills up a water storage container with
safe water for her home provided through a partnership with The Coca-Cola
Africa Foundation, WaterAid, the local water utility and the local community
to provide residents with clean, treated drinking water. One of many replenish
projects underway through Coca-Cola's RAIN program
(http://www.coca-colacompany.com/rain-the-replenish-africa-initiative) that
aims to provide safe water to 2 million Africans by 2015. (Photo: Business
Wire)

"At Coca-Cola, water stewardship is a primary focus of our sustainability
efforts across our global system. By setting and working to meet our ambitious
goals, we are effectively and responsibly managing the valuable resource on
which our business relies," said Beatriz Perez, Chief Sustainability Officer,
The Coca-Cola Company. "In addition to the announcement of today’s milestone,
we have seen a pervasive uptake across the entire Coca-Cola system with 80
percent of our business units on track or ahead of pace to meet their 2020
water replenishment goals. We are proud to report that all are making progress
in replenishing this important resource we share with communities and nature.”

Coca-Cola has been able to achieve this success by engaging in 509 diverse,
locally-focused community water projects in more than 100 countries. 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.

In India, Coca-Cola set a goal to replenish more than 100 percent of the water
it uses in its manufacturing operations nationally. To date, Coca-Cola has
surpassed that objective by creating a replenishment potential of more than
130 percent of the water it uses in India through the support of projects
across the country. Projects include providing safe water access and
sanitation in schools, building rainwater harvesting structures, restoration
of ponds, check dams and interventions focused on improving water use
efficiency in agriculture. Similar projects and goals have been set across the
Coca-Cola system with strong results.

In addition to replenishing water back to communities to balance the Coca-Cola
system’s global sales volume, Coca-Cola returns the water it uses in producing
its beverages back to communities and the environment through high-quality
treated wastewater that supports aquatic life and meets or exceeds local
regulation. The Coca-Cola system also is working to upgrade its facilities to
improve water use efficiency – improved 21.4 percent from 2004 to 2012 – and
implementing source water protection plans and vulnerability assessments in
all facilities globally.

In March 2014, Coca-Cola introduced a state-of-the-art bottling plant in
Trujillo, Peru, that has qualified for LEED-certification. The facility is one
of the most modern in all of South America advancing production efficiency and
more efficient water and energy use. The investment in this bottling plant is
part of the Company’s commitment in Peru to be water neutral (100 percent
balanced) by 2015.

In 2007, The Coca-Cola Company and its bottling partners set an aspirational
goal to safely return to communities and nature an amount of water equivalent
to what they use in their beverages and production by 2020. The Coca-Cola
system reaffirmed this goal in 2013 when they renewed their partnership with
World Wildlife Fund.

To learn more about Coca-Cola’s water stewardship program, visit the Company’s
water stewardship report.

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 17 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.

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