Athens, Greece – 26 April 2010 – Coca‑Cola Hellenic Bottling Company (Coca‑Cola Hellenic, the Company) announces that a coalition of global investors from 13 countries has commended the Company for its leadership in reporting on environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) activities.
The coalition of investors also praised the Group for producing a “high quality sustainability report deemed useful for investors” in 2009. A full list of all companies included in the engagement can be found at www.unpri.org/files/GCresults09.pdf.
The investment group members, who manage more than US$2.1 trillion of assets, are all signatories to the United Nations-backed Principles for Responsible Investment Initiative (PRI) which supports the sustainable development goals of the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC).
In assessing the 2009 reporting performances of publicly listed UNGC companies, the global investors judged only 44 out of 130 to be leaders qualifying for Notable status on their Communications on Progress. For a full list of companies, visit www.unpri.org/files/leaders2010.pdf.
Coca‑Cola Hellenic has been recognised as a Notable Reporter by the UNGC every year since 2005, and is the only Greek-based company to achieve leadership status.
Coca‑Cola Hellenic is a signatory of the UNGC, a strategic policy initiative for businesses that are committed to aligning their operations and strategies with ten universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption.
The Company’s Croatian operation was one of the first in the non-alcoholic beverage industry to publish a CSR report in line with the principals of the Global Reporting Initiative in 2003. Today, the Company is listed as one of the top five beverage companies in the world by the Sustainability Yearbook 2010 published by SAM sustainability management and PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Coca‑Cola Hellenic will publish its 2009 report, Towards Sustainability, on Monday 3rd May, a copy of which will be available on the company’s website www.coca-colahellenic.com.
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About Coca‑Cola Hellenic Coca‑Cola Hellenic is one of the world's largest bottlers of products of The Coca‑Cola Company with sales of more than 2 billion unit cases. It has broad geographic reach with operations in 28 countries serving a population of approximately 560 million people. Coca‑Cola Hellenic 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 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’s 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