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Thursday 30 May, 2013

Coca-Cola Enterprises' sustainability report reveals lowest ever water usage ratio and 15% reduction in operational carbon footprint

Company also introduces evolution in sustainability reporting model

Coca-Cola Enterprises today published its 2012/2013 Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability (CRS) report, demonstrating significant achievements in carbon reduction, water usage and packaging recycling. The company also introduced a new digital reporting model to engage a wider range of audiences in its sustainability journey. 

The new report details a number of key achievements towards the company’s sustainability plan, including: 

  • 15% reduction in CCE’s operational carbon footprint
  • Lowest ever water usage ratio of 1.4 liters (the amount of water used to make one liter of product)
  • 15 million bottles collected at the London 2012 Olympic Games reprocessed and returned to shelves within six weeks
  • $3.9m invested across CCE’s communities, including active and healthy living programs
  • Portfolio of low and no-calorie drinks expanded through introduction of products with stevia, a naturally-sourced, zero-calorie sweetener
  • 100% of new coolers purchased  HFC-free from January 2013

“We want to lead our industry in being a responsible and sustainable business, by delivering today on the ambitious targets we have set and by leading change for a more sustainable tomorrow,” said John F. Brock, chairman and Chief Executive Officer.  “We are proud of our continued progress but know there is more to do, working in partnership with all of our stakeholders.”   

CCE will publish its 2012/13 report entirely online. The company’s sustainability plan commits to addressing impacts across the entire value chain and within its communities, as well as within the four walls of its business. The new digital reporting model at brings this approach to life, by inviting visitors to browse an animated town where homes, streets and factories provide a range of entry points to CCE’s CRS activities. Depending on stakeholders’ interest, they may explore a factory to understand how the company reduces its operational carbon footprint or enter a home to see how CCE understands and influences consumer recycling behavior in the household.   

The digital model will also incorporate a series of detailed fact sheets which report progress towards each target in CCE’s sustainability plan, aligned to GRI G3 guidelines. The report is self-certified at GRI level B+ and a detailed GRI index is available at

“We need to help people understand that our products are made locally and sustainably,” said Joe Franses, director of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability. “This new reporting approach will meet the needs of our technical expert audiences for detailed sustainability disclosure, while also representing our commitments in a more accessible format. It will help us engage the widest possible range of stakeholders in our sustainability journey, so they can provide input on their expectations of us and feedback on our performance.”



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