Coca-Cola's Water Sustainability Initiatives


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Case Code : BECG090
Case Length : 23 Pages
Period : 2004-2008
Pub Date : 2009
Teaching Note :Not Available
Organization : The Coca-Cola Company
Industry : FMCG
Countries : Global

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Background Note

The Coca-Cola drink, popularly referred to as 'Coke', is a kind of cola, a sweet carbonated drink containing caramel and other flavoring agents. It was invented by Dr. John Smith Pemberton (Pemberton) on May 8, 1886, at Atlanta, Georgia, in USA. The beverage was named Coca-Cola because at that time it contained extracts of Coca leaves and Kola nuts . Frank M. Robinson (Robinson), Pemberton's book-keeper and partner, who came up with the name for the drink, suggested that it be spelt Coca-Cola rather than Coca-Kola because he thought the two C's would look better while advertising. Robinson designed the now world famous Coca-Cola trademark as well...

Coca-Cola's Environmental Issues

Coca-Cola was accused of draining the underground water table and of releasing improperly treated industrial effluents in less developed countries. The company was hit hardest in India. The focal point of the environmental accusations in India was the Coca-Cola plant located in the southern state of Kerala...

Coca-Cola & Water

In 2002, Coca-Cola initiated its water sustainability initiatives to provide local communities residing in the areas near its bottling plants with access to potable water. Since the company was facing several issues related to its environmental sustainability in India, it launched several rainwater harvesting projects in India in June 2002.

The company received support from several non-governmental organizations (NGOs), central groundwater authorities, state groundwater boards, and welfare associations...

Coca-Cola's Water Stewardship Strategy

In 2007, Coca-Cola initiated a global water project that focused on reducing, recycling, and replenishing water used in the company's beverage production (Refer to Exhibit IV for Coca-Cola's global water sustainability goals)...

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