EKOCENTER Partnership

Coca-Cola Opens Flagship EKOCENTER Site in Rwanda

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When Rwandan President Paul Kagame visited Coca-Cola’s Atlanta headquarters in 2013, Chairman and CEO Muhtar Kent promised to reciprocate with a trip to the fast-growing African nation when the company had established an EKOCENTER there. This week, Kent upheld his promise when Coca-Cola and a coalition of private- and public-sector partners celebrated the opening of a flagship EKOCENTER site in Ruhunda. The solar-powered facility will provide up

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EKOCENTER: Empowering Community Well-Being Through Social Enterprise

Today close to 800 million people lack access to safe drinking water, nearly half the world lives on less than $2 a day and a quarter of humanity gets by without electricity. To help address some of these issues and spur economic and social development, Coca-Cola is partnering with public and private sector organizations to bring basic necessities to millions of people through EKOCENTER™, with a vision to empower community well-being through

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100th EKOCENTER Opens

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Modular EKOCENTER kiosks help empower communities by providing access to basic goods and services through social enterprise model Goal is to open 177 EKOCENTERs in 10 countries by end of 2016, serving a potential population of approx. 1 million Coca-Cola marked a major milestone recently with the opening of its 100th EKOCENTER worldwide in Ha Long Bay, Vietnam. Since launching the social enterprise program in 2013, Coca-Cola has placed EKOCENTERs

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In the Shadows of Mt. Kilimanjaro, A New Water Model

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As the world gears up for World Water Day later this month, thousands of Kenyans in Kajiado County are set to benefit from safe water access through an innovative new social enterprise platform. The initiative aims to bring efficiency and technological innovation for sustainable supply of water through the combining the resources of three critical stakeholders: the private sector, NGOs and government. For months, engineers from Coca-Cola’s EKOCENTER

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Good Evening Vietnam: Inside EKOCENTER’s Initial Success and Expanded Vision

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It’s early on a Friday night in Ho Chi Minh City, and local children are gathering for a martial arts class. The same scene plays out nightly against a backdrop of the first EKOCENTER in Asia, which opened last year just 2 kilometers from the Coca-Cola bottling plant that serves Southern Vietnam.   I arrived a few hours earlier with a small camera crew to document our progress. As the local team had explained, there wasn’t a need to organize

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Evolution of EKOCENTER: 5 Learnings That Will Shape the Future of Coke's Social Enterprise Model

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An old African proverb says "If you want to go fast, go alone, if you want to go far, go together." When our Chairman and CEO Muhtar Kent launched EKOCENTER in 2013, this idea was central to our vision for the EKOCENTER concept.  Connecting the “Golden Triangle” of business, government and civil society in EKOCENTER communities, could we address all our sustainability priorities (Water, Women, Well-Being) in one place? By joining forces,

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Making a Difference with 2₵

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This September, the Global Water Challenge (GWC) and The Coca-Cola Company will launch a collaborative cause marketing campaign for the EKOCENTER™ initiative.    The campaign, called project RIPPLE, is designed to support communities where EKOCENTER kiosks are located through a simple and innovative crowdsourcing mechanism, leveraging the reach of Coca-Cola and the passion of millennials to help those less fortunate. It’s a simple model

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Behind The Scenes with EKOCENTER’s Innovation Team

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While the EKOCENTER model is innovative and forward-thinking, the kiosks are only as good as the technology and services they provide. Meet Mamunur and Omari: the engineers responsible for improving the water purification technology used within a typical EKOCENTER.  “We helped develop a water filtration system that provides clean water at EKOCENTERs and we provide ongoing guidance on most technical issues. We also monitor the EKOCENTERs

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10 Things You Didn't Know About EKOCENTER

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1. The first four letters spell “COKE” backwards!2. EKOCENTER follows an IKEA model. All the parts are assembled locally.3. Vietnam is the only country in Asia to currently host an EKOCENTER.4. The Pentair water purification system used in some EKOCENTERs can provide upwards of 6,000 liters of safe drinking water daily.5. The Red Cross sometimes uses the EKOCENTER site in Vietnam to provide health check-ups. The site also has badminton courts

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Celebrating Africa Day, Everyday: An EKOCENTER Photo Gallery

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It’s easy to take for granted the everyday things that make life a little easier. Things like electricity, safe drinking water, and Internet access comprise the foundation of our day-to-day lives, and it’s hard to imagine a world without them. Despite this, a staggering number of people don’t enjoy these basic needs. Approximately 800 million people in developing countries live without access to safe water, 1.6 billion people (a quarter

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