Coca‑Cola HBC, the leading bottler of the brands of The Coca‑Cola Company, has after being ranked beverage industry leader in the area of global sustainability by the DJSI indices, announced new commitments for the reduction of the water and carbon footprint.

  • Coca‑Cola HBC will reduce the water use intensity by 30% and direct carbon emissions intensity by 50% by 2020.
  • The local company Coca‑Cola HBC Slovenia will also contribute to the realisation of the new environmental commitments of Coca‑Cola HBC AG.
  • The Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) have for the second year in a row named Coca‑Cola HBC beverage industry as the leader in the area of sustainable operations.

Coca‑Cola HBC has announced that it intends to reduce its water use intensity by 30% by 2020, compared to 2010 and direct carbon emissions intensity by 50% over the same period.

In September, Coca‑Cola HBC was named beverage industry leader in the Dow Jones World and Europe Sustainability Indices for the second consecutive year. Coca‑Cola HBC was also ranked eighth out of the top 100 companies listed on the Financial Times Stock Exchange (FTSE 100) Index for its carbon reporting by Carbon Clear — and ranked first within the beverage sector.

Maria Anargyrou-Nikolić, Managing Director of Coca‑Cola HBC for Slovenia, Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, said: “Our new commitments reflect our company’s position as the driving force of sustainability within the beverage industry. Here in our business unit, we will be contributing to meeting these targets by implementing water and energy reduction programmes at our bottling facility and by continuing and upgrading socially responsible projects, which are carried out in all three countries. At our bottling facility in Zagreb, from where we import the majority of beverages to Slovenia, we have in the last ten years reduced energy use intensity per litre of produced beverage by 24%, water use intensity by 28% and carbon dioxide emissions by 33%. In Slovenia, Coca‑Cola is implementing numerous socially responsible projects, such as the project “Moja reka si” (You are my river), an environmentally oriented project, which is carried out in cooperation with the Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning of the Republic of Slovenia within the Partnership for the Green Danube River, where we work together with local organisations, such as the International Organisation for the Protection of the River Danube, as well as with the nine countries, which are also part of the river’s basin besides Slovenia. Our partnerships with stakeholders in Slovenia have been fundamental to our achievements so far and will continue to be instrumental in meeting our new commitments.”

This is the eighth year that the company has been included in the DJSI sustainability indices, the global benchmark for corporate sustainability due to its rigorous assessment process and its focus on best-in-class companies.

Of the 2,500 companies across different industries, invited to participate in the DJSI assessment worldwide, Coca‑Cola HBC AG ranked beverage industry best with a total score of 87/100. This was 34 points higher than the industry average. The Group was ranked industry best in eight criteria: code of business conduct / compliance / anti-corruption, environmental policy, packaging, raw materials sourcing, human capital development, health and nutrition, social reporting and talent attraction and retention.

Annual highlights of Coca‑Cola HBC Group’s 2014 integrated report include:

  • An ‘A’ rating for the project for carbon footprint management (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project – CDP)
  • A 7.8% direct and indirect carbon emissions reduction (Scope 1, 2 and 3)
  • €4.3m invested in energy efficiency projects
  • 4.3% improvement in energy intensity
  • €5.8m invested in water saving projects, saving 1.1 million m3 of water
  • 4.1% improvement in water intensity
  • 82% Sustainable Employee Engagement Index

Additional information:

Maja Murič
Head of the Public Relations Department, Coca‑Cola HBC Slovenia
E-mail: maja.muric@cchellenci.com
Phone: +386 1 589 0452

About Coca‑Cola HBC

Coca‑Cola HBC is a leading bottler of the brands of The Coca‑Cola Company in terms of volume, with annual sales of more than 2 billion unit cases. It is present 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 visit http://www.coca-colahellenic.com/

About Coca‑Cola HBC Slovenia

Coca‑Cola HBC Slovenia is one of the largest companies in the country in the area of non-alcoholic beverages. The company’s headquarters are in Trzin and it employs 130 people, while it indirectly supports twice that many work positions in the value chain. The company ensures its products to approximately two million people with the sale and distribution of the unique portfolio of the quality brands of The Coca‑Cola Company, the enthusiastic marketing approach and exemplary behaviour in the area of corporate social responsibility.

About the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices

The DJSI were launched in 1999 as the first global sustainability benchmarks. The indices are offered cooperatively by the 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/