Against a challenging economic background, Coca‑Cola Hellenic Group, one of Europe’s leading bottlers of non-alcoholic beverages, is reaffirming its commitment to sustainable manufacturing across the 28 countries in which it operates.
Today the company published its ninth Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) report highlighting the measurable progress it has made in a range of environmental indicators to conserve some of the planet’s most precious resources. An online version of the report is available at http://csrreport.2011.coca-colahellenic.com/.
In preparing the report the company worked to the most stringent criteria and robust international standards and for the second consecutive year, has been independently audited to reach an ‘A+’ rating according to the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI).
Water stewardship is critical to the company’s ability to grow. "No Water, No Business" was the challenge Coca‑Cola Hellenic Group set for itself in 2008.
Three years later Coca‑Cola Hellenic Group has passed a significant milestone in its comprehensive programme on Water Stewardship.
In 2011, the company met its longstanding goal to ensure that 100% of all wastewater in its 28 countries of operation is treated to levels that support aquatic life. To achieve this, it operates 44 purpose-built on-site effluent treatment facilities.
In addition, absolute water use declined in 2011 for the third consecutive year, and has decreased by 6% since 2004.
Consequently, the company’s operational water footprint today is 58% smaller than it was in 2004 - despite increasing sales volume of 55% in the same period. By 2020, we aim to reduce our relative water consumption by 40% and our operational water footprint by 75% vs 2004.
Source Vulnerability Assessments to analyse the risk of supply and water quality (to the bottling plants and the local communities) have also been completed at all plants.
The company also works to raise awareness of water sustainability, tackle water use in its supply chain and protect its watersheds. A range of water stewardship programmes are in place in communities in partnership with governments, NGOs and conservation groups. In 2011, 5000 volunteers from its operations and in the local community cleaned more than 750 kilometres of river banks, beaches and waterways, reforested more than 200,000 square meters of land and other similar projects.
These achievements across its operations are complemented by alternative energy programmes such as the construction of nine Combined Heat and Power units, the installation of 5.2 MW of solar energy rooftop panels on its Italian bottling plants as well as a geothermal energy recovery project. 87% of production waste is now recycled or recovered, and landfilled waste has dropped 65% despite a 55% higher production volume.
Looking beyond its own operations, Coca‑Cola Hellenic Group works with suppliers and other business partners to address wider sustainability issues. Across its supply chain, packaging is lighter, contains more recycled content is being increasingly recovered. Coolers are being made more energy-efficient and increasingly use HFC-free refrigerants which do not cause global warming. Suppliers in the agricultural sectors are also being engaged to address their impacts.
In the Community, the company invested €8 million in a host of projects and engaged more than 3 million people in sports and fitness programmes. It continued to actively participate in long-term partnerships, maintaining its status as a Notable Reporter of the UN Global Compact (UNGC), and partnerships with agencies such as UNDP, UNEP and UNESCO.
The company maintains its listing on the FTSE4Good Index for the tenth consecutive year and on the Dow Jones Sustainability World and European STOXX indexes for the fourth year running.
About Coca‑Cola Hellenic Group
Coca‑Cola Hellenic Group is the second-largest bottler of products of The Coca‑Cola Company in terms of volume with sales of more than 2 billion unit cases. It has broad geographic footprint with operations in 28 countries serving a population of more than 570 million people. Coca‑Cola Hellenic Group offers a diverse range of ready-to-drink non-alcoholic beverages in the sparkling, juice, water, sport, energy, tea and coffee categories. Coca‑Cola Hellenic Group 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 our business in ways that protect and preserve the environment and contribute to the socio-economic development of our local communities.
Coca‑Cola Hellenic‘s shares are listed on the Athens Exchange (ATHEX: EEEK), with a secondary listing on the London Stock Exchange (LSE: CCB). Coca‑Cola Hellenic Group American Depositary Receipts (ADRs) are listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: CCH). Coca‑Cola Hellenic is included in the Dow Jones Sustainability and FTSE4Good Indexes. For more information, please visit www.coca-colahellenic.com.
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