Dear Friends,

World Environment Day (WED) is marked on 5th June every year. Initiated as the United Nations’ principal vehicle for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the environment, over the years it has grown to be a broad, global platform for public outreach that is widely celebrated by stakeholders in over 100 countries. It also serves as the ‘people’s day’ for doing something positive for the environment, galvanizing individual actions into a collective power that generates an exponential positive impact on the planet.

The WED theme this year is "Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care." The well-being of humanity, the environment, and the functioning of the economy, ultimately depend upon the responsible management of the planet’s natural resources. And yet, evidence is building that people are consuming far more natural resources than what the planet can sustainably provide.

For The Coca-Cola Company, the concept of sustainable development is at the heart of our business. We have continuously been striving to create lasting positive impacts on the communities we proudly serve, actively leveraging partnerships with communities and government agencies – an approach we call ‘the Golden-Triangle’, which helps take forward, the theme for this year’s WED.

Like in previous years, we are once again taking the opportunity to mark World Environment Day by initiating activities in our bottling units around innovative water saving ideas, waste reduction, energy saving and community cleaning.

As our system takes small but significant steps towards the cause of environment, I urge you all to also contribute in your own way towards the planet. Please also spread awareness about this day, about consuming with care, using the power of new age media with #consumewithcare.

My wishes for World Environment Day!

Venkatesh Kini President, Coca-Cola India and South West Asia