Children at Tilonia, Rajasthan
Coca-Cola’s water stewardship journey began as a forward-looking endeavor to build a successful, resilient business that adds value to the communities and restores the ecosystem where we operate. We have now worked for more than a decade to ensure a sustainable availability of water for our business as well as our communities through our water strategy which focuses on Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Replenish.
The process starts with conducting facility water vulnerability assessments (FWVAs) to assess potential risks in terms of water quality and availability at all our bottling plants. These assessments form the basis for the facility water protection plan (FWPP) we formulate for each facility that guides us on water use efficiency and reuse.
Through our continued efforts in process improvement and adoption of latest technologies for water optimization, we have consistently improved our Water Use Ratio2 (WUR) (litres of water used to make one litre of beverage) in our operation from 2.56 in 2010 to 1.74 in 2019.
Anandana, the Coca-Cola India Foundation, and our bottling partners work along with regional NGO partners and community members to restore neglected and deteriorated watershed areas and other water conservation projects in remote and water-stressed areas across the country. The projects pay special attention to community participation with a focus on women, who often reach supervisory roles in village “Pani Samitis” (water committees) to ensure maintenance and sustainability of community water projects.
Anandana has been actively working on WASH Initiatives by bringing innovative solutions to ensure that communities and children have access to clean water and sanitary facilities in India.
Maharashtra has battled drought for many years and as a result of which the rivers have ebbed, water in dams and reservoirs has depleted and over-exploitation of groundwater has resulted in limited availability of water. Anandana has partnered with Haritika to improve water availability through run-off water harvesting measures impacting 5,400 beneficiaries.