Action on Society

The society we operate in is critical to the success of our business. Yet, we realise that people across Western Europe are increasingly concerned about the future, about economic development, equality and societal values.

We know that businesses like ours can act as a force for good in society.  We have always been closely connected to the local communities in which we operate - whether it’s through our local production sites, the drivers who deliver our products or the employees who make and sell our drinks. We are proud of the significant socio-economic contribution we make and we are determined to be a force for good by actively working to promote inclusion and economic development with our employees and within our communities.

As a local business, it is critical that our workforce reflects the diverse communities that we serve.   We know that building a greater diversity of ideas, thinking and experience across our business will lead to better ways of working and better business results.  We also know that our local communities face significant challenges, including high levels of youth unemployment in many of our markets, with young people aged 18-30 often facing significant barriers to entering the workplace.  We are determined to use the power of our business to be a force for good in society.

Our Action on Society helps to contribute to UN Sustainable Development Goal 5 on Gender Equality and Goal 8 on Decent Work and Economic Growth.

More about our commitments

We’ll support initiatives which help young people gain the employability, skills and confidence they need to succeed:

We believe that everyone should be given the opportunity to fulfil their potential - whether that’s the chance to gain meaningful employment, receive support to learn a new skill or an opportunity to start a new business. We have begun to work with civil society organisations to tackle youth unemployment and are committed to supporting more local initiatives which help young people aged 18-30 to secure employment. We already work with a range of external partners including Project GIRA Youth in Spain and Passport to Employment in France and we am to extend our commitment across all of our territories.

We’ll foster a diverse and inclusive culture in our business and make sure that women hold at least 40% of our management positions:

We value diversity of thought and perspectives across our business and our approach to achieving this includes gender, generations, age, cultural diversity disability and sexual orientation.  We are committed to building a diverse workforce, starting with a focus on gender diversity. In 2016, 32% of management positions (middle management and above) at Coca-Cola European Partners were held by women, so we’ve set a target that at least 40% of these positions are held by women by 2025 – with a longer term goal of having equal representation at management levels at both Coca-Cola European Partners and The Coca-Cola Company in Western Europe.

We’ll expand the contribution we make to society by increasing our employee volunteering and supporting local community partnerships:

We are proud to be a local business. Our products are made locally, by local people and our communities are at the heart of what we do. Over many years we have made an important socio-economic contribution at a local level by supporting a wide range of grassroots community partnerships across all of our territories in Western Europe.

Our employees also play an important role in supporting our local community partnerships – including our Project GIRA Youth programme in Spain, Passport to Employment in France and Olympic Moves in the Netherlands. In 2016, our employees volunteered nearly 10,000 hours to support our local partnerships and we will continue to create opportunities for our employees to utilise their knowledge and skills to support local charitable and community partners.