Coca-Cola India has undertaken multiple sustainability initiatives like Anandana, Project Unnati, Parivartan, and Support My School among others. Here’s a peek into what these projects are all about. 

We face key sustainability challenges, including water and waste management, poor agricultural yield, among others. Recognising these challenges, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also reinstated India’s commitment towards the fulfilment of United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. 

Thanks to organisations that are aware and progressive, there has been a substantial and on-going contribution towards sustainability development of the country and Coca-Cola India has participated in this progress in leaps and bounds. 

While there are several initiatives which we can use as case studies ‘Anandana,’ a part of The Coca-Cola India Foundation, stands out. It has undertaken 34 water replenishment projects since 2008 across various water-stressed regions of India. Through their efforts, a potential of 6.8 billion litres of water replenishment has been created, impacting the lives of over 6 Lakh people from more than 500 villages in India.  

As part of Project Unnati, Coca-Cola India is closely linked to the local farmer community, sourcing 95 per cent ingredients used in the manufacturing process locally. By 2023, the initiative would benefit more than 4 Lakh farmers. As part of its sustainable packaging and recycling practices, the company aims to reduce carbon dioxide emissions associated with the manufacturing process by 25 per cent by 2020. 

To impart employable skills to the Indian workforce, the ‘Parivartan’ initiative has thus far touched the lives of over 3 Lakh small grocery retailers, including 39,000+ women retailers and over 9,500 eat and dine retailers. 

Through the ‘Support My School’ program, the company aims to make clean water and hygienic sanitation conditions, enhanced sports and recreation facilities, and provide a more conducive learning environment to more than 2 lakh school children across India.

Corporate Social Responsibility has to be more than a mere promotional exercise. With their incredible economic power and influence, corporates have the infrastructure and resources they need to help the country make rapid strides towards progress. Not progress that drains the country’s resources but one that restores, replenishes and rejuvenates them.