Because water is essential to
nature, communities, and business, The
Together, we will more deeply engage the Company’s value chain; involve additional partners to achieve greater scale and impact; and spark commitments from businesses, governments, and consumers to take action to value, conserve and protect the planet’s natural resources.
Expanding Our Focus with Water+
In this next phase of our partnership, through our Water+ commitment, we will help tackle the forces that impact fresh water. In a resource constrained world, balancing the needs of business, communities and nature is imperative. Responding to this challenge, we pledge to:
+ Help ensure healthy, resilient freshwater basins in 11 key regions
In addition to these focal
basins, WWF and
Each of these regions provides an opportunity to address pressing conservation challenges and threats, as well as to learn valuable lessons. We hope to replicate successful approaches to contribute to global freshwater conservation efforts.
+ Measurably improve environmental performance across the Company’s value chain
We will improve agriculture, climate, packaging and water efficiency impacts, building a sustainable value chain for the 21st century and beyond. These efforts include the following 2020 targets:
- Climate Protection:
Coca-Colawill reduce CO2 emissions embedded in ‘the drink in your hand’ by 25 percent. This will include making comprehensive carbon footprint reductions across our manufacturing processes, packaging formats, delivery fleet, refrigeration equipment and ingredient sourcing.
- Renewable Packaging:
Coca-Colawill work with WWF to assess the environmental and social performance of plant-based materials for potential use in its PlantBottle™ packaging. This will enable the Company to meet its goal to use up to 30 percent plant-based material for all its PET plastic bottles by 2020.
- Sustainable Sourcing:
Coca-Colawill work to sustainably source its key agricultural ingredients, including cane sugar, beet sugar, corn, tea, palm oil, soy, pulp and paper fiber, and oranges. The Company has established Sustainable Agriculture Guiding Principles and will work with WWF to implement the guidelines throughout the Coca-Colasystem for these commodities.
Coca-Colawill improve its water use efficiency per liter of product produced through operational advancements throughout the Coca-Colasystem. This target complements the 21.4 percent improvement in water use efficiency that it achieved from 2004 through 2012.
+ Integrate the value of nature into public and private decision-making processes
Together, we will advance
holistic conservation planning and science to advocate for nature in public and
private decision-making processes.
- Advance the science: To ensure the successful integration of nature’s value into decision making, we will work to fill scientific gaps. This work will involve developing models, integrating approaches, building knowledge, designing tools and creating a framework to evaluate tradeoffs and synergies between conserving biodiversity, supplying ecosystem services and minimizing costs.
- Establish the business case: By providing sound ecological, social, and economic reasons to incorporate biodiversity and ecosystem services into corporate decision-making processes, we will create the quantitative tools needed to enable the private sector to account for and invest in natural capital.
+ Convene influential partners to solve global environmental challenges
We will convene extraordinary partners from government, academia, industry, civil society and the public to help solve shared global challenges. Involving additional partners, we hope to achieve greater scale and impact as we seek to catalyze action to value, conserve and protect the planet’s natural resources like fresh water.
Building on a Strong Foundation
Since 2007, The
To learn more about results from our first phase of the partnership, read our 2007-2012 Partnership Fact Sheet and Annual Reviews, and visit our Freshwater Conservation web site for information on our efforts to help conserve iconic freshwater basins around the world.
Partnering to Make a Difference
Through our efforts to help solve environmental challenges, we’ve realized that to truly make a difference, collective action is required. No one business – or industry – can make as great a difference as we can by partnering with others.