Caroline Stephens

Coca-Cola Overview

The Coca-Cola company, established in1886, by pharmacist John Stith Pemberton is one of the most globally well-known soft drink and bottling company's in the world. Not only is it the largest drink production company in the entire United States, it is ranked top five in the world. It is ran out of Atlanta, Georgia. Coca-cola produces several soft drinks and includes some fruit juice products as well.

Sustainability Goals of Coca-Cola:

1. Improve water efficiency by 25%, help insure healthy, resilient fresh water systems through conservation efforts with the World Wildlife Fund.

2. Replenish 100% of the water we use.

3. 99% facility alignment with our wastewater standard treatments.

4. Reduce CO2 emissions embedded in ‘the drink in your hand’ by 25% through our entire value chain.

5. Reach a 75% recovery rate in developed markets of the equivalent amount of bottles and cans we introduce into the marketplace.

6. Sustainably source key agricultural ingredients.

Coca-Cola has changed their environmental standards and means of conservation to better suit there products and customers. Since 2004 they have decreased their use of unsustainable energy by 21%, and have moved on to more efficient means of energy for their products.

Sustainability Statistics of Coca-Cola:

Recycling Bins:

  • 6,900 recycling bins at the 2014 FIFA World CupTM and collected 450 tons of solid waste.

Plant Bottles:

  • 35 billion plant bottles have reached the market in nearly 40 countries, as of July 2015, resulting in 743,000+ barrels of oil saved.

Weight Reduction:

  • Since 2008 Coke has reduced packaging weight by nearly 15%.

Farming and Agriculture:

  • Coke has trained over 26,000+ farmers to help increase corn and sugar cane yields.
  • 40 sugar cane mills have been certified in Brazil as of July 2015

Environmental Concerns of Coca-Cola

  • Since 2010 when the United Nations (UN) passed a resolution to officially recognize the human right to water and sanitation, declaring that clean drinking water and sanitation are “essential to the realization of all human rights.” Coca-Cola has helped to fund many projects helping to provide clean drinking water to underdeveloped countries. Providing clean and sanitary drinking water to all countries is one of Coca-Cola main environmental concerns. They have initiated several projects including UN Global Compact and WaterAction Hub, to help provide these needs. WaterAction Hub is a website that helps NGOs, governments, and communities connect and collaborate on water issues of mutual interest. It then connects them to stakeholders who can provide the necessary means financially to help with the problems.
  • Another environmental concern of Coca-Cola is recycling the different bottles that are used in distributing their products. To save products and keep the environment safe, Coca-Cola now bottles 90% of their products in PlantBottles. PlantBottles are bottles composed partially plants that reduce the amount of plastic used.

Fun Facts about Coca-Cola and the Environment:

1. Coca-Cola has invested over 1 billion dollars in the past decade in wastewater treatment initiatives.

2. 94% (153.6B LITERS) of the water used in our finished beverages replenished in 2014.

3. Coca-Cola makes its products in the communities where they’re sold, so the Company is sensitive to local concerns around water and sustainability.