For a Safer Earth, Healthier Climate

Coca-Cola: Championing Cause for A Better Earth

By Ruth Tene Natsa, Abuja

The Coca-Cola Company, through its longstanding mission of making a difference in communities across the world, continues to deliver through its diverse sustainability commitments.

With its focus on water, climate, energy, and waste management among others, the Coca-Cola System in Nigeria comprising Coca-Cola Nigeria and its bottling partner, Nigerian Bottling Company (NBC), has consistently displayed its commitment to investing in the planet by supporting a better-shared future for communities and minimizing its impact on the environment

in 2022, Coca-Cola launched its Africa Sustainability Platform, JAMII, which focused on three strategic pillars which include water leadership, women and youth economic empowerment, and packaging waste management.

World Earth Day, celebrated, on April 22nd annually, with this year’s theme “Invest in Our Planet” suggests a more pragmatic approach towards a kind disposition toward the environment and, purposefully, reaching out and collaborating with others in raising high the flag of advocating a safer environment

In 2023, Coca-Cola is leading the charge through sustainable Packaging, Environmental Sustainability and Water Leadership

As one of the key players in the global business space, the Coca-Cola Company in 2018, announced its World Without Waste commitment to help collect and recycle the equivalent of a bottle or can for every one the company sells by 2030; to make 100% of its packaging recyclable by 2025; and to use at least 50% recycled material in its packaging by 2030.

This initiative has impacted the production and packaging of plastic bottles in ways that help curb the adverse effects of climate change.

The Coca-Cola System in Nigeria, in collaboration with other recycling partners, has co-created environmental sustainability programs that have helped to deepen the thrust of its sustainability agenda. Some of these programs include Recycling Scheme for Women and Youth Empowerment (RESWAYE) by MEDIC, Recycles Pay by African Clean-up Initiative, Waste in the City and the Green Campus Project by SWEEP Foundation, Tidy Nigeria by FABE Foundation, Cash 4 Trash by WASTE Africa, Project Revive and Project DORI by Recycle Points, Waste to Wealth by Do Good Foundation, Empowering Collectors Initiative by Growing Business Foundation and Cycle last by Nigeria Climate Innovation Centre.

Over 4 billion plastic bottles have been extracted collectively, while also assisting in the scaling and establishment of 23 small to medium-sized collectors and aggregators, which are in turn producing thousands of employments in their local environments.

Also, the company in 2021, announced a holistic water strategy that aims to achieve water security across its operations, local watersheds, and communities. The goals related to the strategy’s key focus areas include: Achieving 100% circular water use – or regenerative water use across 175 facilities identified as “leadership locations” by 2030. Working with partners to help improve the health of 60 watersheds identified as most critical for the company’s operations and agricultural supply chains by 2030 and aiming to return a cumulative total of 2 trillion liters of water to nature and communities globally, between 2021 – 2030.

In driving goal 3, The Coca-Cola Foundation’s flagship program, Replenish Africa Initiative (RAIN) was introduced to address Africa’s water challenges through healthy watershed programs and community water programs. The Pan-African program aligns with the company’s global vision to replenish water in communities they operate and source ingredients through strategic partnerships in order to deliver sustainable projects, aimed at achieving Sustainable Development Goal 6 which is clean water and Sanitation for all.

The program which was managed by the Global Environment and Technology Foundation (GETF) ran in two phases. At the end of which it recorded a positive impact of over 7 million people across the continent. The program replenished over 20 billion liters of water to communities and nature, improving access to water, health, and sanitation which in turn improved hygiene behaviours, established and enhanced sustainable water management practices, improved environmental stewardship and community health, and promoted efficient and sustainable use of water for economic development.

To further drive the goal of water replenishment, the Coca-Cola Foundation has provided over $1.3million to two NGOs namely the Rural Africa Water Development Project (RAWDP) for Disaster Risk Reduction and Urban Resilience in Imo state; and GETF which is partnering with WaterAid on an 18-month project targeted at improving access to safe water, sanitation, and hygiene services in four communities within and around the Maiduguri Metropolis of Borno State.

With its giant strides in areas of climate change advocacy and circular economy, The Coca-Cola Company has indeed proven its unshaken commitment towards preserving the earth for future generations and continues to take concrete steps to invest in our planet.

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