Sustainable Agriculture

Citrus Waste Becomes Energy in Sicily

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Turn a problem into an opportunity. From this idea was born the ambitious project to extract clean energy from the waste production of Sicilian citrus, taking advantage of the moist residues resulting from the industrial production of juices. Oranges are the symbol of Sicily, the main Italian producer of the "golden fruit," which in Greek mythology represents fertility and love. Few know, however, that 60 percent of citrus production is

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From Farm to Market: What Coca-Cola’s New Sourcing Map Means for Our Global Sustainable Agriculture Story

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I spent the first 18 years of my life on a peach farm in the middle of Georgia. So by the first hour of meeting with farmers, it usually comes out. I think that’s a good thing. Farmers don’t always like the idea of a corporate guy from Atlanta coming down to their farm to give them the lowdown on some new requirement they’ll have to fulfill. But as someone who’s familiar with their challenges, I can relate to them in terms of what they’re trying

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Expanding our Human Rights Impact with Suppliers

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For many of us, the origin of a product is an essential factor in our purchasing decision. Consumers rightfully care about how and by whom a product has been produced. They are not only asking questions to the brand presenting them with the final product, but also to all those suppliers behind the brand that made it possible for them to get the latter. Engaging suppliers is a top priority for The Coca-Cola Company. The company understood from the

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Land Rights: The Path Forward on Coca-Cola’s Sugar Studies

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When we started our journey to better understand Coca-Cola’s sugar supply chain, we knew it would be a major undertaking. But an important one that would allow us to better understand and address key risks on child labor, forced labor and land rights. Since 2015, we’ve published five sugar studies to date, with more to come. So where are we going from here? Translating our sugar study findings into a clear Action Plan. A process that requires strong

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Coca-Cola and Partners Receive P3 Impact Award for Project Nurture

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NEW YORK -- Government, business and nonprofit leaders gathered this week at the Concordia Summit to champion partnerships for social impact. At the conclusion of the two-day summit, The Coca-Cola Company, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and TechoServe received the third-annual P3 Impact Award for theirs: Project Nurture. Project Nurture launched in response to mango farmers with optimum growing conditions in East Africa facing production barriers

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Seven Steps to Supplier Verification

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We are working toward engaging suppliers of all our key ingredients through our Supplier Engagement Program. It provides a framework consisting of seven stages of improvement toward reaching compliance with our Sustainable Agriculture Guiding Principles (SAGPs). Suppliers are given information and guidance about assessments, audits, measurement of progress, and validation of performance so that they can qualify for sustainability certification. We

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Coca-Cola and Fruit: A Winning Combination in Sustainable Sourcing

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In thinking about Coca-Cola products, it is doubtful that consumers first think of juice. But, maybe they should. The Coca-Cola Company markets many juice products through popular brands like Minute Maid®, Odwalla®, and Simply Juice Drinks®, as well as many localized favorites. As Coca-Cola aims to grow its global juice business significantly by 2020, sustainably sourcing fruit for its juice products becomes increasingly important. “In developed

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More Than 95 Percent of Coca-Cola’s Globally Sourced Coffee and Tea Meets Company-Approved Sustainable Sourcing Standards

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In 2013, The Coca-Cola Company set a goal to sustainably source 100 percent of its priority ingredients by 2020. More than 95 percent of two globally sourced Coca-Cola priority ingredients—coffee and tea—now meet one of the Company’s required sustainable sourcing standards, with the majority adhering to the Company’s Sustainable Agriculture Guiding Principles (SAGP). What does this mean? It means Coca-Cola is purchasing the majority of its globally

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Growing Partnerships

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At The Coca-Cola Company, we are committed to implementing practices throughout our supply chain that advance our sustainable agriculture strategy and support our commitment to build more sustainable communities. We believe in creating economic opportunities for everyone associated with our supply chain, including women and smallholder farmers, helping to protect the land rights of local communities, and stewarding water and other natural resources

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Our Progress

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Goal:  By 2020, sustainably source our key agricultural ingredients. Progress:  On track. More than 95 percent of Coca-Cola’s coffee and tea and an estimated 54 percent of our lemon supply meets Company approved sustainable sourcing guidelines. Coca-Cola is contracted to purchase over 1 million tons of more sustainably sourced sugar in 2016.  In 2013, The Coca-Cola Company set a goal to more sustainably source 100 percent

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