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Water Stewardship | Women’s Economic Empowerment | Well-Being | Human and Workplace Rights | Sustainable Packaging | Climate Protection | Sustainable Agriculture | Giving Back to Communities
In 2015, we achieved our goal to replenish at least 100 percent of the water we use in our finished beverage sales volume. Based on the Coca-Cola system’s 2015 global water replenishment projects, the system is balancing the equivalent of an estimated 115 percent of the water used in its finished beverages based on 2015 sales volume.
Women's Economic Empowerment
In 2015, The Coca-Cola Company achieved a milestone in our effort to help enable the economic empowerment of women around the world: as of the year’s end, our 5by20TM initiative had enabled more than 1.2 million women entrepreneurs across our global value chain. Approximately 372,000 women participated in 5by20 in 2015, increasing the cumulative number of participants by 43 percent over the prior year.
In 2013, we committed to invest in physical activity programs around the world, while continuing to invest in scientific research on the role of physical activity in human health. We believed that was the best way for us to help advance the fight against obesity.
Last year, however, we realized we had fallen short. While well-intended, our focus on scientific research and physical activity created confusion that ultimately led to mistrust and legitimate criticism. Though we had already begun a journey to change, we’ve listened carefully and are implementing a number of accelerated actions to address these concerns.
Human and Workplace Rights
The Coca-Cola Company’s commitment to respect human rights extends to all aspects of our business conduct and relationships in our value chain. To meet that commitment, in 2015 we continued to study supplychain risks related to human and workplace rights, expanded our engagement with our associates and key stakeholders and developed new tools for sharing our policies broadly.
Packaging is essential to the protection and safety of our products. We are focused on sustainable packaging efforts and evaluating opportunities to reduce our waste and emissions profile, as packaging represents the second largest contributor to the Coca-Cola system’s potential carbon footprint. In 2015, our work on sustainable packaging continued on multiple fronts, including packaging redesign, support for recycling programs and infrastructure, and development of desirable products using recycled materials in creative ways.
We continue our work to make changes in our operations and throughout the Coca-Cola system value chain to reduce our climate impact. This is reflected in our decision to bring several sustainability initiatives under one goal to reduce the carbon footprint of the "drink in your hand” by 25 percent by 2020. Progress toward reducing the greenhouse gas emissions across our manufacturing processes, packaging formats, delivery fleet, refrigeration equipment and ingredient sourcing is now being measured toward the “drink in your hand” goal.
Coca-Cola's priority agricultural ingredients include cane and beet sugar, high fructose corn syrup, stevia, tea, coffee, oranges, lemons, grapes, apples, mangos, pulp and paper fiber for packaging, palm oil and soy. Through our bottling partners and suppliers, collaborations with farmers, communities and other key partners, we are bringing about the development of a healthy and more sustainable agricultural supply chain.
Giving Back to Communities
One percent of The Coca-Cola Company’s annual operating income is invested back into the community through The Coca-Cola Foundation and Company donations. Since its inception in 1984, the Foundation has awarded more than $830 million in grants to support sustainable community initiatives around the world.