Coca-Cola Beverages Vietnam, Ltd. recently welcomed six bloggers to Vietnam for a first-hand look at Coke’s innovative efforts to give back to the community and empower women entrepreneurs with its EKOCENTERs.
When I was asked to join the bloggers in Vietnam to write about the remarkable work Coca-Cola is doing in the country, I was thrilled to be part of this once-in-a-lifetime experience. I knew it would be a memorable trip… ait was not only
Context: Coca-Cola Beverages Vietnam, Ltd. recently welcomed six bloggers (see links below) to Vietnam for a first-hand look at Coke’s innovative efforts to give back to the community and empower women entrepreneurs with its EKOCENTERs.
Day One: Consumers are the Heartbeat of Coca-Cola
Take a walk down any street in Ho Chi Minh City and you’re sure to see a Coca-Cola sign, beverage cooler or a local resident enjoying an ice-cold Coca-Cola beverage.
“The prototype was sort of a Frankenstein solution,” admits Anish Mehta, director of process engineering at Coca-Cola. “We cobbled together filters from here, valves from there, membranes from elsewhere.”
Designing a water purification unit that fit the needs of diverse EKOCENTER communities was no walk in the park.
Fast-forward two years, to 2015, when EKOCENTER delivered more than 50 million liters of safe drinking water to people who need it
If there's one word to describe Gerard Kaberuka, it is caretaker.
Even as a young boy, Gerard was taking care of things. The oldest of five boys, he was tasked with raising his four younger brothers. He balanced work and school, all while taking care of his family. Years later, after his parents passed away, Gerard officially became the head of the household, caring for his extended family.
Taking care of people in Gerard’s nature, so it is little
EKOCENTER, SUBWAY and World Vision have joined forces to create Fresh Water 4 All, a platform to promote sustainable access to clean drinking water in Kenya. SUBWAY will donate 30 cents of every bottle of Dasani (still or sparkling) sold at select stores* in July and August. World Vision will turn those funds into a sustainable, community-owned water system in Kenya where EKOCENTER is helping to drive social and economic development.
It was a day to remember in Rwanda. On June 13, Coca-Cola Chairman and CEO Muhtar Kent joined Rwandan President Paul Kagame and many others to launch the country’s flagship EKOCENTER and celebrate a new model for social and economic development.
EKOCENTER is both a community center and a store. In Rwanda, Coca-Cola has brought together 10 partners from the “golden triangle” of business, government and civil society to make a transformational impact