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Coca-Cola water strategy

Challenge

Better manage the water systems relied on for manufacture of beverages.

Problem

Water is key to beverage giant Coca-Cola as the main ingredient of its products and an important element in its manufacturing processes. Access to water is a limit to the future growth of the company in some regions. It is therefore taking steps to better manage its use of water.

Solution

Coca-Cola uses comprehensive water risk assessments to help it understand the water challenges it faces around the world. Its strategy involves water management at its 900 bottling plants and extends to watershed protection, sustainable communities, and raising awareness.

By 2013 all plants will need to have a source-water protection plan in place. The plans address critical water challenges at a watershed level, from hydrological vulnerabilities to local government management. Action is taken through community projects in which Coca-Cola invests.

Understanding the benefits and obtaining accurate information is a challenge and progress is being made via partnerships with organisations such as Water Footprint Network, the Nature Conservancy, World Wildlife Fund and the Global Environment and Technology Foundation. The work is setting a new standard for industry in water stewardship.

Benefits

Watershed protection and conservation
Expanding community drinking water and sanitation access
Improving water for productive use
Improving resilience of supply chains and enabling growth

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