The Nigerian Bottling Company (NBC) recently became the first bottling plant in Africa to be awarded the prestigious Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) certification.

This is a milestone achievement for Coca‑Cola HBC, given that NBC is not only the first organisation in Nigeria, but also the first Coca‑Cola bottling plant in Africa to be certified under the AWS global water stewardship program.

Water is a key focus area of Coca‑Cola HBC’s sustainability agenda, and water stewardship and responsible water use are at the core of our business, this recognition is yet further proof of our progress. We believe this certification will go a long way to reinforce the commitment and leadership position of NBC and Coca‑Cola Hellenic Bottling Company in driving and promoting key environmental stewardship initiatives. George Polymenakos, General Manager, Nigerian Bottling Company

AWS is a global membership organisation comprising businesses, NGOs and the public sector. Its members contribute to the sustainability of local water resources by adopting and promoting a universal framework for the sustainable use of water. 

Any site that receives AWS certification is rigorously audited and certified to meet key indicators by third-party assessors independent of AWS or the site owners.

Celebrating World Water Day

To further demonstrate our commitment to water sustainability initiatives, NBC celebrated World Water Day on 22 March in several locations in Nigeria, with special activities at the bottlers’ Lagos, Port Harcourt and Abuja sites.

In Lagos, student representatives from two local secondary schools joined government stakeholders, NGOs and regulators for an educational guided tour of the site’s upgraded effluent treatment plant.  

In Port Harcourt, NBC staff and members of the public volunteered to clean up a section of the Oginigba River behind an open-air abattoir, directly opposite NBC’s Port Harcourt plant.

Meanwhile, in Abuja NBC partnered with the Federal Ministry of Water Resources and the Federal Capital Territory Water Board to hold lectures and commission boreholes in two communities.