Two CSR projects from Coca‑Cola HBC Ukraine - “We are Emerald City Kids” and “Donate Blood – Save a Life” – have been recognised at the national Corporate Volunteering Awards 2015, organised by the East Europe Foundation.

The East Europe Foundation, launched by the Eurasia Foundation (EF) in 2007, is a local non-profit, non-governmental developmental organisation which builds on EF’s experience by seeking to support successful community-driven development initiatives.

The jury comprised CSR experts as well as representatives from the UN Global Compact and Ukrainian media. They used Business in the Community’s recognised methodology to judge the awards.

We are Emerald City Kids

The Emerald City orphanage has become home for children affected by the war in eastern Ukraine. Today, more than 500 children aged between 3 and 17, who have been relocated from eight orphanages in the conflict area, have made Emerald City their refuge from war.

 

Coca‑Cola HBC Ukraine has been providing support to the orphanage since December 2014. The first year of the project saw ten Coca‑Cola “warm caravans” delivered. Donations have included sports equipment for four gyms, seasonal clothing and footwear, sports equipment, children’s creative work kits, water and drinks as well as excursions to Kyiv and workshops with Coca‑Cola HBC employees.

Along with the essential supplies donated by employees, Coca‑Cola HBC has combined with Osvitoria, the Ukrainian education association, to provide children with access to an online education tool, iLearn. ILearn provides support for children studying and preparing for examinations to enter university. We hope that it will help gifted children in the orphanage take a step forward to fulfil their dreams.

Donate Blood – Save a Life

Since this partnership with the Red Cross began in the summer of 2013, 231 volunteers have given 93.2 litres of blood at six sessions.

The sessions take place in comfortable and safe conditions at Coca‑Cola HBC Ukraine’s head office, under the care of an qualified crew of doctors. Every potential donor has to undergo a medical examination, which includes taking blood pressure and pulse rate, before the specialists make a decision on whether a person can be a donor.