At Equatorial Coca-Cola, we have a long history of partnering with our communities to create long-term value for our shared future.
Our vision is to become the best beverage company in each of the countries that we operate in and the leading Coca-Cola system bottler in Africa. We seek to do this not only through the beverages we produce, but by creating lasting value for our communities and investing in a better future for Africa and for the world.
That is why, at the end of 2020, ECCBC decided to reinforce its sustainability strategy to ensure that our business meets the evolving demands of its internal and external stakeholders and protects our shared environment.
The purpose of this new strategy is to create value for ECCBC by integrating ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) issues into our core business strategy. This reflects our belief that our success is tied up with that of our local communities, and that when they thrive, so do we. That is why, even though its scope is expanding, our strategy is still guided by the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals for 2030 and Coca-Cola’s global targets for 2030.
In 2021 ECCBC carried out a Materiality Assessment to help form the foundation of our new strategy. The assessment used insights from our internal and external stakeholders to refine our ESG vision, define the pillars of our strategy and develop the implementation roadmap.
As a result, our new strategy is based on 6 key pillars where ECCBC has a significant role to play and can deliver the most value. Each of the pillars has been built with multiple commitments, action plans and initiatives to achieve our 2030 Sustainability Goals.
Preserve the value of our packaging materials and our environment by increasing the reduction, reuse and recycling of our packaging and ensuring that it does not end up in our shared waterways or in the environment.
Maximize the value of our shared water resources by being responsible of our use of water inside the business and by helping our communities to access and better manage their water resources.
Preserve our shared environment by driving efficiencies and innovation, so that we create more value with less energy, both inside the business and in our communities.
We will create lasting value for our communities by investing in them and in their future, focusing on improving their health and livelihoods, and by investing in the employability and skills of women and young people.
Make responsible decisions for our communities and our planet by supporting sustainable businesses across our value chain, from the farm to the table.
We will give equal value to all our people, providing them with the tools and opportunities to grow professionally and eliminating barriers to their progress.
Since we began our activity in Africa we have combined social and environmental commitment with a growth strategy that has allowed us to consolidate sustainably in all of the countries in which we operate.