Coca-Cola has long embraced cross-sector collaboration as a best practice for addressing global challenges, as exemplified through meaningful partnerships and programs, many of which align with the SDGs.
The company’s sustainability priorities map to all 17 SDGs, with an emphasis on SDGs that relate most closely to where it believes it can make the greatest impact.
Coca-Cola’s water stewardship portfolio supports SDG 6. In particular, the Replenish Africa Initiative (RAIN) aims to reach at least 6 million people throughout Africa with improved and sustainable access to safe water by 2020. At the end of 2017, with more than 140 partners, RAIN had already provided safe drinking water to more than 2.8 million people in Africa and supported water, sanitation and hygiene programs (WASH) in more than 2,000 communities across 40 African countries.
In 2014, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and
Focused on SDGs 4 (quality education), 5, 6, and 17, the New World partnership operates in 19 countries across Europe, Central Asia, South Asia, the Middle East and Africa, and has benefitted more than 1.5 million people in its first two years. New World has delivered the most impact to date around SDGs 5 and 6, with a strong focus on WASH and women’s empowerment. The program has helped women develop business skills and establish their own businesses, encouraged young people to become agents of change, piloted innovative water access and management solutions, and improved access to sanitation.
Coca-Cola has also integrated SDGs 12 and 14 into the design of its new World Without Waste initiative, created to reshape the company’s approach to packaging, which includes a goal to help collect and recycle the equivalent of 100 percent of its packaging by 2030. The company is investing significantly in its contribution to reducing the world’s waste, but the issue is bigger than one company’s commitment. Progress and lasting change will come only through the mobilization of global resources, know-how and expertise.
Since their adoption in 2015 by the UN General Assembly,
Designed to put the world on a more sustainable path, the SDGs identified 169 targets to achieve by 2030. Although that may seem far off, the world has less than 12 years to get there.