ATHENS, 05 May 2011 - Coca‑Cola Hellenic’s efforts to protect and preserve the river Danube were recognised at the Ethical Corporation Awards 2011.
The annual awards, which celebrate responsible business practices by leading companies, were held on Tuesday 3 May in London on the opening day of the Responsible Business Summit 2011. Coca‑Cola Hellenic was shortlisted in the best collaboration category for its key role in The Green Danube Partnership, alongside The Coca‑Cola Company and the International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR).
The Green Danube Partnership seeks to protect and preserve the Danube – one of the world’s most endangered rivers – its tributaries, and the natural habitats through which they flow. Since 2005, the Partnership has helped restore wetlands, providing critical habitat for flora and fauna, and supported better river basin management, as well as leading extensive public awareness campaigns.
Ulrike Gehmacher, Public Affairs and Communication Manager, Coca‑Cola Hellenic, said: “The Green Danube Partnership continues to go from strength to strength, acting as a champion for one of Europe’s great river systems and the people and wildlife that rely on it. Each year the Partnership reaches millions of people with the message that as well as being an international waterway, this river is a hugely significant water source and a vital ecological hotspot.”
The Green Danube Partnership delivers coordinated conservation, education and awareness-raising activities regularly throughout the year, but reaches an annual climax on “Danube Day”, the largest river festival in the world, on 29 June. On Danube Day in 2010, the Partnership brought together more than 480 organisations, from NGOs to local authorities, to help run 140 events. These included scientific seminars, roundtables, eco-camps, community clean-ups and traditional cultural entertainment.
The work of the Green Danube Partnership has been recognised previously through a number of awards, from the Global Water Awards in Mexico City in 2007 to the Thiess River prize. It also received a special commendation last year at the global water innovation awards for ‘Outstanding and Sustainable Contribution to International Water Stewardship’ presented at Gleneagles in Scotland.
Coca‑Cola Hellenic incorporates sustainable water use into its everyday business operations. The company treats 97% of its waste water with the final waste water treatment plant under construction, ensures the sustainability of its water extraction, and works with suppliers to reduce indirect water use. Coca‑Cola Hellenic also partners with other stakeholders to protect local watersheds in all of its countries of operation, and, inspired by the success of Danube Day, has launched programmes to celebrate other rivers, including the Volga, Dnieper, Sava, Tisza and Vistula.
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 two billion unit cases, and 560 million customers buying its products annually. The company offers a diverse range of ready-to-drink non-alcoholic beverages in the sparkling, juice, juice drinks, 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 and conducting 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 on Coca‑Cola Hellenic Bottling Company Ireland, its products, people and commitment to sustainable business please visit www.coca-colahellenic.com.
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