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.

Last Friday, the Coca‑Cola HBC Group published its third integrated annual report and the first time it is reporting on all aspects of business, governance and sustainability performance in a single report, celebrating the relationships and partnerships that are key to its success. The Swiss local affiliate has joined the group in continuing its pursuit of sustainability on a targeted and consistent basis, while also making an important contribution to the group’s success. Two examples illustrate two local highlights from last year.

European Water Stewardship certification – GOLD status for Coca‑Cola HBC Switzerland

For the first time, Coca‑Cola HBC Switzerland has earned European Water Stewardship (EWS) certification with gold status for the Dietlikon and Vals sites. This internationally recognized certification for sustainable use of water and mineral water shows that Coca‑Cola complies with both Swiss law and the EU Water Framework Directive. This means Coca‑Cola HBC Switzerland not only offers the first mineral water with EWS certification in Switzerland, but also the first carbonated soft drinks produced in Switzerland to this standard.

PlantBottle paves the way for the packaging of the future

Since the launch of Coca‑Cola Life early this year, it has been increasingly in the spotlight: PlantBottle, a packaging innovation from The Coca‑Cola Company. The special thing about it is that these bottles contain up to 30% plant material, conserving resources and reducing dependency on petroleum. PlantBottle was first launched on the market in Denmark, in 2009. It was first used in Switzerland in May 2014, with the launch of the Valser Silence bottle with a sports cap, and has subsequently also come to be used for packaging the other Valser Silence products. This fully recyclable bottle represents an important milestone for Coca‑Cola Schweiz in moving toward the packaging of the future.

Highlights from the integrated report of the Coca‑Cola HBC Group

Coca‑Cola HBC endeavours to deliver value through outputs achieved with the highest level of quality, efficiency and care. In 2014, these included:

  • 2 billion unit cases of beverages sold 
  • 589 million consumers served 
  • 2.1 million customers in 28 countries 
  • 36,362 direct employees, over 600.000 people employed in the entire value chain 
  • €8.7 million invested in community programmes 
  • 31,296 volunteer hours invested to further social and environmental initiatives 
  • Water footprint reduced to 18.4 billion litres 
  • Carbon footprint reduced to 718,766 tonnes 
  • Packaging recovery 73% 
  • Recycled waste from operations 91%

In 2014, the Company’s sustainability initiatives focused on three key areas: promoting health and wellness, minimising environmental impact and benefitting local communities. Highlights in these areas include:

Health and wellness

  • 1.6 million active participants in sports and fitness programmes 
  • Low or no calorie soft drinks options available in all markets as of 2015 
  • Voluntary front of pack calorie information on packages

Minimising environmental impact

  • Reducing total absolute carbon emissions by 7.8 % compared to 2013 
  • Investing €5.8 million in water saving projects in more than 20 countries, saving more than 1.1 million cubic metres of water 
  • Eight production plants awarded European Water Stewardship Gold certification 
  • €4.3 million investment in energy saving programmes, reducing energy consumption by 300 million mega joules

Benefitting local communities

  • Investing €8.7 million (2.5% of pre-tax profit) in community partnerships and initiatives that address environmental and social issues 
  • Investing €2.4 million in supporting the education of young people to increase chances of employment, and empowering women to become entrepreneurs
  • Supporting communities in need by investing over 30.000 volunteer hours combined with financial and in-kind donations at times of natural disasters

Coca‑Cola HBC became the global industry leader amongst beverage companies in the Dow Jones World and Europe Sustainability Indices in 2014 and has been listed on the FTSE4Good index since the index was established in 2001. The Company was also awarded an A rating by the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) and a place in its Global Climate Performance Leadership Index.

For more information on Coca‑Cola’s commitment and involvement in Switzerland, visit coca-colahellenic.ch/csr.
The integrated annual report of the Coca‑Cola HBC Group for 2014 is available at
coca-colahellenic.com/investorrelations/annualreports.

More information on Coca‑Cola HBC Switzerland:
Patrick Bossart, Public Affairs & Communications Manager
Phone +41 44 835 99 10, medias.ch@cchellenic.com

More information on the integrated report:
Éda G. Pogány, External Affairs Director, Coca‑Cola HBC AG
eda.pogany@cchellenic.com

 

About Coca‑Cola HBC

Coca‑Cola HBC is the second-largest 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 has a premium listing on the London Stock Exchange (LSE: CCH) and its shares are listed on the Athens Exchange (ATHEX: EEE). Coca‑Cola HBC is included in the Dow Jones Sustainability and FTSE4Good Indices. For more information, please visit coca-colahellenic.com

About Coca‑Cola HBC in Switzerland

Since 1936, Coca‑Cola has been making products for Swiss consumers on their home ground and in doing so employs more than 1,000 people in Switzerland. Coca‑Cola HBC Switzerland is the leading manufacturer of alcohol-free beverages in Switzerland. Together with more than 50,000 partners in the gastronomy and retail sectors, the company refreshes Switzerland with around 500 million litres of beverage each year. The product portfolio includes 23 brands, such as Coca‑Cola, Fanta, Sprite, Nestea, Valser, Powerade and Monster. Coca‑Cola also aims to set the tone in matters of sustainability: the company is engaged in countless efforts to protect the environment, assumes social responsibility as a major employer and promotes a healthy, active lifestyle. Coca‑Cola HBC Switzerland Ltd. is a subsidiary of Coca‑Cola HBC Ltd. For more information please visit coca-colahellenic.ch

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 sustainability-indices.com

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