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Protecting and replenishing our water 

Water is the lifeblood of our business – the main ingredient in our products, essential to our manufacturing processes and critical to ensuring a sustainable supply of the agricultural ingredients we use in our products.

Water is also one of the world’s most precious resources. In many regions, however, water resources have been

affected by over-exploitation, the growing demand for food, poor water management and the impacts of climate change. This has led to severe consequences including droughts, floods and changes to the freshwater habitats of many species, all of which have had negative impacts on the surrounding societies and economies.

Our stakeholders have strong expectations regarding our use of water, and rightly so. We’ve been listening, and will be setting targets and commitments as part of our sustainability plan later this year.

We will continue to take a value-chain approach to water stewardship, focusing water efficiency within our own manufacturing operations and working hard to protect the future sustainability of the water sources which we, and our local communities, rely on. 

We are committed to being responsible water stewards, efficiently managing the water we use. In particular, we are working to reduce the water we use in the production of our products, and are safely returning all our wastewater to nature. 

Replenishing our watersheds

The Coca-Cola system around the world is replenishing the water used in its beverages through projects such as reforestation, protecting aquifers, revitalising rivers and restoring wetlands and natural habitats. In conjunction with The Coca-Cola Company, we have set up multiple replenishment programmes across our territories in recent years. In 2016, these programmes allowed us to replenish 5.3 million m3 or 89 percent of our production volume where the water used was sourced from areas of water stress.