We have a role to play in helping the communities we rely upon. We know that to make a meaningful difference, we must focus our efforts beyond the confines of our own bottling plants.
Today, nearly one-sixth of the world's population -- more than 1 billion people -- don't have access to safe drinking water. Approximately 2.6 billion don't have adequate sanitation. Due to the issues surrounding water, billions of people are vulnerable to disease and food insecurity.
We work closely with our supply chain, local communities, governments and nongovernment organizations to replenish water to nature and communities. In fact, since 2005 we have been involved in more than 320 community water partnerships in 86 countries to support locally relevant initiatives, such as watershed protection; expanding community drinking water and sanitation access; water for productive use, such as agricultural water efficiency; and education and awareness programs. Since 2009, we have worked with respected experts to calculate the water benefits of these projects. Read more on this groundbreaking science and our community water partnerships.
Working with World Wildlife Fund, we are helping to measurably conserve seven of the world's most critical freshwater river basins. In 2007, The
In 2009, The Coca-Cola Company announced a $30 million commitment over the next six years to provide access to safe drinking water to communities throughout Africa through its Replenish Africa Initiative (RAIN). Implemented by The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation, RAIN will provide at least 2 million Africans with clean water and sanitation by 2015.
The Global Water Challenge (GWC) was founded with start-up support from The
In 2007, The Coca-Cola Company became one of the first six companies to commit to the CEO Water Mandate, a program designed to help companies better manage water use in their direct operations and throughout their supply chains. The guidelines of this mandate help frame the content of our water stewardship reporting. Read more.
Because we depend on local water supplies, understanding watersheds and how they work is extremely important to our business. We have developed plant-level training and management tools to help local employees and our bottling partners understand watershed issues and engage with communities, governments and conservation organizations to manage them.
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