This month, the 78th United Nations General Assembly is convening global leaders in New York City to discuss progress in advancing the 2030 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and to continue to explore solutions to climate change, food insecurity, social inequality and other mounting challenges.
The SDGs were developed in 2015 by the 193 UN member states to work toward a future where all people thrive within a healthy environment. Governments, global companies and organizations around the world have rallied around the 17 SDGs as an important framework to address complex, interrelated global issues.
The Coca‑Cola Company and its bottling partners are taking action to advance the SDGs, and to support healthy environments and build resilience into both business operations and local communities. Sustainability goals and initiatives are focused on areas where the company and its partners can make a significant, measurable impact on communities and nature—including water stewardship, circular economy, climate action and regenerative agriculture—and these priorities are interlinked with many of the SDGs. We report on our sustainability progress annually in our Business & Sustainability Report, which includes the SDGs here.
“We recognize that we cannot achieve any one of the SDGs on our own. Yet, as a global company with a vast supply chain and consumer reach, we have a responsibility to stand up and take action alongside others,” said Michael Goltzman, Vice President, Global Policy & Sustainability, The Coca‑Cola Company. “We have taken a close look at where we can make direct contributions to the SDGs in collaboration with NGO partners, industry peers, customers and suppliers.”
While there are various initiatives taking place globally across the Coca‑Cola system, here are four ways we are contributing to the SDGs: