Zug, Switzerland – 8 September 2016 – Coca‑Cola HBC, a leading bottler of the brands of The Coca‑Cola Company was named sustainability leader of the beverage industry by the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices assessment published today. The company achieved a total score of 90, which is 40 points higher than industry average and 3 higher than last year.
This is the ninth year Coca‑Cola HBC has been included in the global assessment, as a result of its leading sustainability performance in 2015. During the year, Coca‑Cola HBC continued to reduce its environmental footprint posting a double digit decrease of its carbon emissions. At the same time, it further reduced the amount of water used for producing a litre of beverage, as well as the amount of packaging materials, despite higher production and sales. Coca‑Cola HBC was one of the first 12 companies in the world in 2015, to establish science-based carbon reduction targets for both direct and indirect operations. Putting an internal price on water and carbon in 2015 and committing to accounting for sustainability are practical ways how Coca‑Cola HBC supports the global action to reach the Sustainable Development Goals adopted by the United Nations.
Coca‑Cola HBC is the most diversified bottler in the Coca‑Cola System, serving almost 600 million consumers across 28 established, developing and emerging countries on 3 continents. The company has invested €8.2 million – 2.3% of its 2015 pre-tax profit – in improving community wellbeing, focusing on 3 key areas: active lifestyle, environmental & water stewardship and youth development, in partnership with more than 230 NGOs.
2015 key performance highlights:
- 33.311 employees
- 43.000 suppliers
- €1.3 billion spent in direct procurement
- €271 million total taxes paid
- 11.7 % direct carbon emissions reduction year-on-year
- Energy use ratio improved by 7.2% year-on-year
- 19.4% increase of recycled PET usage year-on-year
- 87% sustainable engagement score
Read more about Coca‑Cola HBC sustainability performance at http://coca-colahellenic.com/en/sustainability/.
|Éda G. Pogány
External Affairs Director, Coca‑Cola HBC AG
Account Director, Uniomedia
About Coca‑Cola HBC Group
Coca‑Cola HBC is a leading bottler of the brands of The Coca‑Cola Company in terms of volume, with sales of more than 2 billion unit cases. It has a broad geographic footprint with operations in 28 countries, serving a population of approximately 589 million people. Coca‑Cola HBC offers a diverse range of non-alcoholic ready to drink beverages in the sparkling, juice, water, sport, energy, tea and coffee categories. Coca‑Cola HBC is committed to promoting sustainable development in order to create value for its business and for society. This includes providing products that meet the beverage needs of consumers, fostering an open and inclusive work environment, conducting its business in ways that protect and preserve the environment and contribute to the socio-economic development of the local communities. Coca‑Cola HBC is ranked beverage industry leader by the Dow Jones Sustainably World and Europe Indices, and is also included in the FTSE4Good Index.
Coca‑Cola HBC has a premium listing on the London Stock Exchange (LSE: CCH) and its shares are listed on the Athens Exchange (ATHEX: EEE). For more information, please visit http://www.coca-colahellenic.com/
About Dow Jones Sustainability Indices
The DJSI were launched in 1999 as the first global sustainability benchmarks. The indices are offered cooperatively by RobecoSAM and S&P Dow Jones Indices. The group tracks the stock performance of the world's leading companies in terms of economic, environmental and social criteria. The indices serve as benchmarks for investors who integrate sustainability considerations into their portfolios, and provide an effective engagement platform for companies who want to adopt sustainable best practices. Following an evaluation of a range of general and industry-specific issues only the top 10% are accepted for inclusion. For more information visit http://www.sustainability-indices.com/