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.
Coca‑Cola HBC, a leading bottler of the brands of The Coca‑Cola Company was named sustainability leader of the beverage industry by the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices assessment published today. The company achieved a total score of 90, which is 40 points higher than industry average and 3 higher than last year. This is the ninth year Coca‑Cola HBC has been included in the global assessment, as a result of its leading sustainability performance in 2015. The Dow Jones Sustainability Indices are a family of share indices, which do not only take economic, but also environmental and social criteria into account.
Sustainability Made in Switzerland
The company is trend-setting locally as well: The new sustainability report issued by Coca‑Cola HBC Switzerland shows in eight focus areas how corporate responsibility is implemented in the country. The company has set some binding goals for itself with regard to water consumption, CO2 emissions, or energy consumption, which it aims to reach by 2020. Its investment in the new high-speed PET line has not only made beverage manufacturing faster, but also enables the company to save 6,000 liters of water, or 43 filled bath tubs, per hour. Compared to 2011, Coca‑Cola has reduced water consumption by nearly 13% and waste water by 28%.
In 2015, the business operations of Coca‑Cola HBC Switzerland produced CO2 emissions in the amount of 50,758 tons. This is a 12% improvement over the last period in review. Numerous optimizations in production, like, for example, the second renewal stage of the ventilation system in Vals have contributed to this. At the beginning of 2016, SBB Cargo started transporting cans and Nestea PET bottles by rail. This reduces Coca‑Cola's CO2 emission by 1,200 tons per year and relieves the roads of up to 40 trucks each week.
The company was furthermore able to reduce the energy consumption by manufacturing and transport. 20% of the electricity consumed in Brüttisellen and Zizers comes, for example, from renewable sources, mostly hydroelectric power.
PET is and remains by far the most popular packaging material in the Swiss beverage market. The long-term goal is to lower the PET consumption per bottle and to increase the share of recycled PET. Simply by optimizing the caps, Coca‑Cola HBC was able to save more than 39 tons of plastic in Switzerland in 2015. In addition, Valser Silence and Coca‑Cola Life are being filled into the PlantBottle™, an innovation by Coca‑Cola. It is produced from up to 30% PET, which, instead of fossil fuels, is won from plant-based, i.e. renewable resources. Just like the regular PET bottle, the PlantBottle™ is fully recyclable.
You can find the full CSR report 2014/2015 as well as a highlights brochure at www.coca-colahellenic.ch/Sustainability.
Coca‑Cola HBC Schweiz
Coca‑Cola has been producing locally for Swiss consumers since 1936 and has about 1,000 employees in Switzerland. Coca‑Cola HBC is the leading manufacturer of non-alcoholic beverages in Switzerland. Together with more than 50,000 gastronomy and commercial partners, the company provides Switzerland with refreshments in the form of 500 million liters of beverages annually. The portfolio comprises 23 brands, including Coca‑Cola, Fanta, Sprite, Nestea, Valser, Powerade and Monster.
Coca‑Cola HBC Group
Coca‑Cola HBC is a leading bottler of the brands of The Coca‑Cola Company in terms of volume, with sales of more than 2 billion unit cases. It has a broad geographic footprint with operations in 28 countries, serving a population of approximately 589 million people. Coca‑Cola HBC offers a diverse range of non-alcoholic ready to drink beverages in the sparkling, juice, water, sport, energy, tea and coffee categories. Coca‑Cola HBC is committed to promoting sustainable development in order to create value for its business and for society. This includes providing products that meet the beverage needs of consumers, fostering an open and inclusive work environment, conducting its business in ways that protect and preserve the environment and contribute to the socio-economic development of the local communities. Coca‑Cola HBC is ranked beverage industry leader by the Dow Jones Sustainably World and Europe Indices, and is also included in the FTSE4Good Index.
Coca‑Cola HBC has a premium listing on the London Stock Exchange (LSE: CCH) and its shares are listed on the Athens Exchange (ATHEX: EEE). For more information, please visit http://www.coca-colahellenic.com/
About Dow Jones Sustainability Indices
The DJSI were launched in 1999 as the first global sustainability benchmarks. The indices are offered cooperatively by RobecoSAM and S&P Dow Jones Indices. The group tracks the stock performance of the world's leading companies in terms of economic, environmental and social criteria. The indices serve as benchmarks for investors who integrate sustainability considerations into their portfolios, and provide an effective engagement platform for companies who want to adopt sustainable best practices. Following an evaluation of a range of general and industry-specific issues only the top 10% are accepted for inclusion. For more information visit http://www.sustainability-indices.com/