We think globally but act locally. Here are some of our initiatives from the markets in which we operate. These actions all contribute towards our Sustainability Mission 2025 commitments.
Our VALSER mineral water in Switzerland has been re-certified as climate-neutral by Swiss Climate. VALSER produces and markets all of its beverages on a climate-neutral basis. This means that the production of VALSER mineral water does not change the atmospheric balance, thanks to various measures taken by the company.
To earn the climate neutrality certification from Swiss Climate, VALSER Mineralquellen GmbH had to lay out its climate policy and prove that it is aware of the various opportunities and risks associated with its business. After the main sources of emissions were tracked and listed, CO2 reduction goals were defined. Unavoidable emissions must be counterbalanced by high-quality climate projects. By consistently shrinking its carbon footprint and compensating for remaining CO2 emissions, VALSER became the first mineral water in Switzerland to be declared climate neutral, back in 2018.
At our VALSER mineral water plant in Switzerland, we are testing a ground-breaking new technique in collaboration with the Swiss company Climeworks. It has developed an ingenious technology called Direct Air Capture (DAC) which can capture and recycle CO2 directly from the air. This means that we can extract CO2 from the production plant's emissions, clean it to food grade and put it to good use – in our delicious VALSER sparkling drinks.
Innovations like this are among the many ways we are working towards our 2025 Sustainability Commitments, more specifically addressing our target to reduce our direct CO2 emissions rate by 30%.
WATER REDUCTION & STEWARDSHIP
Water project in Challawa:
Water is a key focus area on Coca‑Cola HBC's sustainability agenda, and water stewardship and responsible water use are at the core of our business. In keeping with our sustainability commitments, and putting these into action, the Nigerian Bottling Company Ltd (NBC) has completed the first phase of its Challawa Water Supply Project.
The aim is to secure water availability for local communities in Kano, North-West Nigeria. Kano is the commercial nerve centre of Northern Nigeria and it is the country's second largest city with a population of almost 10 million people. Due to the Sahelian climate of Kano State, ground water exploration is extremely difficult. Drilling shallow wells on the river banks requires special techniques and highly specialised technical experience in flood plain drilling. In collaboration with the Kano State Water Board and local communities, NBC has installed HDPE (high-density polyethylene) pipes in the area. These are flexible plastic pipes used to replace ageing concrete or steel pipelines. HDPE thermoplastic possesses a high level of impermeability and strong molecular bond which make it suitable for the high pressure required to transfer the water from the Challawa River to the production plant, where it is sanitized to drinking quality.
WORLD WITHOUT WASTE
Recyclable paperboard instead of plastic wrap on can multipacks
We will replace plastic shrink film on can multipacks with recyclable paperboard in all European Union markets by the end of 2021. Starting in Ireland and Poland early 2020, we will roll out KeelClip™ on all can multipacks up to 8 cans. For larger packs, we will use a card wrap.
We aim to replace plastic shrink film on can multipacks with recyclable paperboard in all European Union markets by the end of 2021. Working closely with Graphic Packaging International – developer of the KeelClip™ technology – we will bring this sustainable packaging solution to market with an investment of €15 million. Not only does it replace plastic wrap, but it also minimises the amount of paper/card required. We are happy to be the first within the non-alcohol ready to drink industry to take this step, which brings us closer to a World Without Waste, where all packaging is collected, recycled and reused. Once all European markets are using KeelClip™, this change to paperboard will save 2,000 tonnes of plastic and 3,000 tonnes of CO2 annually.
In 2019, we have given more bottles more than one life with the launch of our 100% rPET portfolio as we work towards our sustainability commitments, as part of our World Without Waste vision, together with The Coca Cola Company. By the end of 2019 in five countries (Austria, Ireland, Switzerland, Croatia and Romania) we have introduced in total four water brands in bottles made by 100% recycled PET plastic (rPET).
Zero waste partnership in Thessaloniki
The long-term programme ‘Zero waste partnership in Thessaloniki’ aims to make Thessaloniki, which is the second-biggest city in Greece, the first city in the country with the potential to become a zero-waste municipality. Coca‑Cola System plans to roll out the programme to other cities in Greece and Europe with the aim of leading a movement towards a new, better way of urban living. Zero Waste Cities is a true "golden triangle" program, involving and engaging local authorities, environmental NGOs and innovation partners.
This ambitious plan of action aims to accelerate the behavioural change required to make the circular economy and recycling part of people's hearts, minds and everyday routines. The Coca‑Cola System aims to achieve this by using innovative technologies that are easily accessible and engaging for people of all ages, while at the same time identifying and addressing the infrastructure required and the barriers preventing progress.
World Cleanup Day
Hundreds of representatives from Coca‑Cola and Coca‑Cola HBC participated in coordinated cleanups on and around World Cleanup Day. See some of our country initiatives by clicking on the map.
OUR PEOPLE AND COMMUNITIES
Coca‑Cola HBC CEO Zoran Bogdanovic signs LEAD CEO Pledge
The purpose of the pledge is to promote a diverse workforce where men and women in the retail and consumer goods industry in Europe can fully contribute. We strongly support this goal because we know the value that diverse teams bring to business decisions and success.
We’re committed to ensuring that 50% of our manager positions are held by women by 2025 (currently 37%), and to creating an inclusive culture for all. Among a host of steps already taken to make that a reality, we’re currently running a wide-ranging internal communications campaign to raise awareness and understanding of diversity and inclusion principles across our company and supporting our senior leaders through inclusive leadership development.
We know from experience that diverse teams deliver better business outcomes and we are working to ensure everyone feels they belong in Coca‑Cola HBC.
Female landowners in Belarus become eco-friendly driving force:
Over the past year, a 5by20 pilot project in the Orsha District of Belarus has been training local female landowners to make the most of their property and learn how to produce eco-friendly goods, even encouraging them to turn their activities into a business.
Our long-time partner, the Belarusian Child Fund, is carrying out the project – the first in the country under the umbrella of the 5by20 programme financed by The Coca‑Cola Foundation. The female empowerment project started earlier this year with training sessions on agriculture with the participation of about 600 residents from the Orsha District. This region of Belarus is relatively large and rapidly developing.
After 25 training sessions on business in rural regions, the most motivated participants were nominated to participate in the second part of the project. This group of 40 women attended a five-day extensive training programme and became leaders of sub-groups. They learned about new agricultural methods and which type of plants they could earn the most from, and also had the opportunity to meet successful farmers during trips to the country’s Brest and Homiel regions.
Agronomists helped the women grow new crops. Depending on the type and condition of the soil, some participants received greenhouses and other equipment, as well as organic fertilizers, so that their products could be eco-friendly. As a result, the first year was very successful for all the participants: their products were sold at local and regional fairs and organic food markets. More than 15 participants have also registered their personal subsidiary plots, and now they can legally sell their harvest and consider expanding their property.
#YouthEmpowered in Ukraine
The #YouthEmpowered programme in Ukraine was awarded as the best innovative educational project by the Association of Innovative and Digital Education supported by the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine. Our company was recognised for its innovation in education and a significant contribution to youth development in Ukraine. For the “Education & CSR” nomination, the experts of the organising committee selected the most impactful corporate social education projects in the country.
Our #YE programme was among five nominees together with other projects being implemented by international and Ukrainian companies from the retail, IT, banking and transport sectors. About 200,000 respondents participated in an online voting process that lasted one month. After tallying up the votes, our #YouthEmpowered project was named the winner among the nominees and officially awarded on September 27, 2019.