"It has been more than a month since I travelled to the Mewat Village School in India, yet my memory of the children that I met there is still both vivid and heart-warming.

My visit had been arranged by the Coca-Cola India team, as part of a business trip to the region, to show me first hand the remarkable impact that your “Support My School” project is having on the country. It is an initiative that Tetra Pak joined three years ago, partneringwith Coca-Cola to support the programme; and I am so glad that we did.

During that time, we have jointly helped revitalise 17 primary schools, creating better, more comfortable learning environments for more than 5,000 children. Basic amenities have been provided, teaching facilities have been improved and, as a direct consequence, school attendance has risen. It is a tremendous scheme, that is bringing value not only to the children, but to the community more broadly and to the country in general. The enthusiasm of the pupils, their gratitude and their appetite to learn was both heart-warming and inspiring … and left no doubt in my mind about the positive impact global companies like Coca-Cola and Tetra Pak are having through well-targeted investment in well-managed local initiatives.

Within my own company, we make a relatively simple promise: to protect what’s good. At its core, that’s about protecting food … which has long been at the very heart of our business agenda. But it goes further: it is also about protecting people: our employees, the communities in which we operate, and society as a whole. And it is about protecting futures; by developing the products and services that will support the future business growth of our customers; and by acting and operating in ways that best protect the future of our planet.

During my time with your team in India, and in my conversations with India and South West Asia President, Venkatesh Kini, it was gratifying that we touched on each element of that promise. The opportunities for our two companies to jointly address the growing and unmet needs of millions of people living in India for hydration and nutrition in safe and affordable packaging. The importance of doing so in ways that properly support the country’saccelerating environmental agenda. The role we must play in developing a strong, competent and committed local workforce. And the opportunity we have, as global companies, to ‘open happiness’, by doing what is good for local communities and society, as you have so successfully done through the “Support My School” programme.

I would like to extend my sincere thanks to the Coca-Cola India team for involving us in this initiative, and for hosting my visit to Mewat; it is a day that will live long in my memory."

Dennis Jonsson is the President & CEO of Tetra Pak