Through the world’s largest beverage distribution system, consumers in more than 200 countries enjoy its beverages at a rate of more than 1.8 billion servings a day. With an enduring commitment to building sustainable communities, the company is focused on initiatives that reduce its environmental footprint, support active, healthy living, create a safe, inclusive work environment for its associates, and enhance the economic development of local communities. Together with its bottling partners, the company ranks among the world’s top 10 private employers with more than 700,000 system associates.
The Coca-Cola Company has used packaging as its entry point into this discussion, based on its long history of refillable packaging and investments in recycling. This is now linked to its programme of refurbishment of equipment as well as the commitment to replenish 100% of water usage.
A number of programmes are underway to support current efforts with an eye to the future of what circular economy can look like for its business through an innovation lens.
The Coca Cola Company is also working to increase communication, engage consumers to support the circular economy and advance metrics to measure progress.
The Coca-Cola Company is committed to supporting a circular economy where materials are recycled and re-used for as long as possible to ensure it gains maximum value from them. This requires collaboration and interventions at each stage of the value chain: design, materials, disposal, recovery, reuse and recycling.
A number of 2020 Sustainability commitments are supported, such as:
- Replenishing 100% of the water used;
- Reducing CO2 emissions embedded in ‘the drink in your hand’ by 25% through the entire value chain.
A number of the company’s bottling partners also have their own ambitious goals to support.
As a global company and system The Coca-Cola Company will continue to work to find ways to better leverage the supply chain and other partners to support and accelerate a circular economy throughout the value chain, including the engagement of consumers.