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
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
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
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
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
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,
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
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
develop a water filtration system that provides clean water at EKOCENTERs and
we provide ongoing guidance on most technical issues. We also monitor the
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
The Red Cross sometimes uses the EKOCENTER site
in Vietnam to provide health check-ups. The site also has badminton
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