Coca-Cola has hit its water replenishment goal five years early and improved its water use efficiency by 27% since 2004.
The soft drinks firm has supported 248 community water partnership projects in 71 countries, returning an estimated 19.9 billion litres of water to nature and communities last year – greater than the volume of water it used to make its products.
Coca-Cola said it is the first Fortune 500 Company to publicly claim achieving such an “aggressive” water replenishment target. It has published a 1,200 word report illustrating its progress.
“This is an important milestone in Coca-Cola’s continued leadership on water stewardship and sets a standard for other water users to build from,” said Carter Roberts, CEO and president at WWF, which has worked with Coca-Cola on water use.