Today marks the 20th annual World Water Day, an occasion established by
the United Nations to focus attention on the sustainable management of
freshwater resources. To celebrate World Water Day and the significant
strides that Coca-Cola has made in its water stewardship journey, the
Company released its fifth annual Global Water Stewardship and
Replenish Report today. The report details how Coca-Cola is
improving its water performance and managing its water resources to
deliver water for health and human prosperity.
"The future of communities, nature and business depends on responsible
water management," said Bea Perez, Coca-Cola's Chief Sustainability
Officer. "To overcome today's water challenges, we must all take
extraordinary action. At Coca-Cola, we're utilizing innovative
techniques and collaborating through world-class partnerships to ensure
the sustainability of this precious shared resource."
In 2007, The Coca-Cola Company committed to safely return to nature and
to communities an amount of water equivalent to what is used in all of
its beverages and their production by 2020. To meet this goal and
measure progress along the way, the Company established the following
Reduce the Company's water use ratio while growing product volume,
with a target to improve water efficiency by 20 percent by 2012 (using
a 2004 baseline).
Recycle the water used by the Company in its manufacturing processes
and return it back to the environment at a level that supports aquatic
Replenish or offset the water used in the Company's finished beverages
by participating in locally relevant projects that support communities
The 2012 Global Water Stewardship and Replenish Report details
Coca-Cola's advancement toward these targets:
Since 2004, the Company has achieved a 16 percent improvement in its
water use ratio.
The Company estimates that 96 percent of its facilities are in
compliance with its stringent wastewater treatment standards.
Approximately 54.8 billion liters of water have been replenished to
communities and nature through locally relevant Community Water
Partnership projects, representing 35 percent of water used in the
Company's finished beverages.
Coca-Cola partners with its bottlers and suppliers, as well as with more
than 500 external organizations, including governments, NGOs, civil
society and other companies, to meet its water stewardship goals. Since
2005, the Coca-Cola system has engaged in more than 386 Community Water
Partnership projects in 94 countries. The range of projects includes
watershed protection; access to water and sanitation; water for
productive use, such as agricultural water efficiency; and education and
To download our report and learn more about our water stewardship
journey, please visit our press
center. To view a video about our efforts, please click here.
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 more than 1.7 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 employees. For more information, please
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The Coca-Cola Company
Lisa Manley, +01 404-676-7563
Public Affairs & Communications Department