Optimised usage of water resources is a main priority of Coca Cola Bulgaria, according the company's Sustainability Report for 2018. The production centres in Kostinbrod and Bankya saved 29 million litres of water and recycled 95% of the generated waste. Coca Cola staff dedicated to 556 workdays to volunteering.
The report was presented by Juerg Burkhalter, CEO of Coca Cola Hellenic Company Bulgaria, and Evelyne De Leersnyder, Country General Manager. During the event, Coca Cola mangers and students, including popular vlogger Kris Zahariev, discussed on what do young Bulgarians expect from their employers in regard of social causes that they recognise and support.
The report shows that one of the world's largest producers of soft drinks aims to optimise its use of water. Coca Cola works for reducing and reusing water in all stages of the production process. Thanks to constant long-term efforts and improvements in production process in the past 7 year, in 2018 the company achieved a record. Now only 1.76 litres of water are now used for the production of a litre of soft drink, a decrease of 5% in water consumption, or 29 million litres of saved water for the whole year. This equals the yearly consumption of potable water of 800 Bulgarians. In 2018 alone, the company reused about 40 million litres of water.
Juerg Burkhalter and Evelyne De Leersnyder
"As a leading company on the Bulgarian market, we believe that our role is to be responsible to the environment and to protect it for the future generations. We are proud that in the past decade we successfully improved our processes and technologies to achieve our ambitions sustainability goals,"said Juerg Burkhalter.
Coca Cola is the first company in Bulgaria that introduced recycling of wet labels on glass bottles. Thanks to this initiative and utilisation of waste residues in the Kostinbrod production centre, in 2018 the company recycled 95% of waste, a rise of over 24% since 2010.
Jacklin Tzocheva, Director Public Communications and Pulbic Relations at Coca Cola Bulgaria
The company follows the good practices in accordance with GRI evaluation standards. In the report are included evaluation of the business's contribution, the supply chain, the trends on the local and international markets and policies. It also traces how each of these influences the business sustainability in the country.
Milena Zavalova, Director Production Centres at Coca Cola Bulgaria
In 2018, the Coca Cola System in Bulgaria invested over 360,000 leva in social initiatives. Additionally, 1,139 employees from the companies within the System participated in socially important projects, volunteering for about 4,450 hours in causes in which the believe. This equals 556 workdays, or the work of a single employee for 2 years and 3 months in volunteering only.
Boyan Rashev, Managing Partner at denkstatt Bulgaria
These initiatives won 7 prizes and even won the prestigious award Best Partner #YouthEmpowered Initiative of the Coca Cola Hellenic Group. This award put Bulgaria first among the 28 countries where the company operates. The campaign, that took place in the past 3 years, aims to create better future via quality education, development of young people's potential and their preparation for a successful career. In 2018, during the initiative, 2,875 students and university students from 13 cities and villages participated in trainings for development of personal skills and basic business competences under the mentorship of 93 business, NGO, education and entrepreneurship professionals.
Anna Gabrovska, HR Director at Coca Cola Bulgaria