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June 5 is World Environment Day, in which about 150 countries participate. At Coca‑Cola HBC Switzerland, Monica Lehmann is responsible for ensuring that people think about the environment, not just one day out of the year, but every day.
In a recently published study of the Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN) on the topic "Environmental Objectives of Companies in Switzerland" Coca‑Cola HBC Switzerland achieved the third best result of the total of 500 largest Swiss companies. It was primarily reviewed if the companies have recognized the environmental topic as a strategic success factor and incorporated it systematically in corporate management. For Coca‑Cola HBC Switzerland the recognition is a confirmation of the environmentally conscious and socially responsible corporate management as well as motivation to continuously advance the improvement of the corporate environmental performance.
Coca‑Cola is not only the most famous beverage in the world. Even in terms of sustainability, the Coca‑Cola HBC Group, which is based in Zug, Switzerland, is the global leader: For the third time in a row, the company has been listed in the renowned Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) as the leader in the beverage industry. Social and environmental responsibility are a top priority in Switzerland as well. In its new sustainability report, Coca‑Cola HBC Switzerland shows, for example, how it is saving 6,000 liters of water every hour, how it has decreased its CO2 emissions and energy consumption by 12% in the last two years and how it has reduced the use of traditional PET.
To honor its 80-year anniversary, Coca‑Cola Switzerland is opening a Visitor Center brimming with attractions and adventures. Revolving around the main attraction, the Coke Jump, the company is launching a charity engagement in the run-up to the Special Olympics 2017. At the same time, the country's first high-speed PET line of its kind is starting full operations in Dietlikon. The 80-year long commitment to Switzerland is also shown in the results of a study which demonstrate the local value creation and thus the CHF 916 million contribution of Coca‑Cola Switzerland to the Swiss economy.
Working together with SBB Cargo, Coca‑Cola HBC Switzerland has decided to make the switch and transport cans and Nestea PET bottles by rail. This will relieve the roads of up to 40 trucks each week and will reduce CO2 emissions by 1,200 tons per year.
The Coca‑Cola HBC Group published its integrated annual report for 2014 on Friday: “It’s Good to Share − Building Trust, Spreading Happiness.” In Switzerland, as elsewhere, Coca‑Cola contributes to local value creation and consistently pursues sustainability: The Dietlikon und Vals sites received GOLD certifications for the European Water Stewardship Standard, and PlantBottle represents an important milestone toward the packaging of the future.
Coca‑Cola HBC Switzerland, following an assessment of its production and logistics infrastructure, plans to expand its plant in Dietlikon (ZH) by an ultra-modern, high-speed PET line and to consolidate its Swiss soft drink bottling in a single location.
Everyone knows Coca‑Cola, but few people are aware of the many things the company achieves behind the scenes. Coca‑Cola is proud to be “Made in Switzerland” and is committed to Switzerland as a production location. The company’s second sustainability report clearly demonstrates how seriously it takes its responsibility as a business partner, employer and active member of society. Here are a few examples of how Coca‑Cola contributes to sustainable development in Switzerland.
"Water - it's crystal clear!" an interactive exhibition in four Migros shopping centres in East Switzerland.
Protecting and promoting natural mineral water as an economically important product (in German and French)