The Coca-Cola Company
Since 2004, GETF has supported The Coca-Cola Company’s sustainability efforts through a number of activities including strategic planning, partnership development and program management.
Over the past 15 years, GETF has supported The Coca-Cola Company across their global water management program and in the development of their overall water resource stewardship strategy. As part of this effort, GETF facilitated the assessment of Coca-Cola’s water-related business issues, developed solutions for improving water management, efficiency and community relations and defined a strategic direction on water sustainability for the Company.
GETF implements a number of Coca-Cola’s signature community and sustainability initiatives, including
- In response to the severe water challenges faced by nearly 300 million Africans living without access to clean water, The Coca-Cola Foundation (TCCF) introduced the Replenish Africa Initiative (RAIN) in 2009. Backed by a $65MM investment, RAIN is TCCF’s contribution to helping Africa achieve the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals on clean water and sanitation access. By the end of 2020, RAIN aims to measurably improve the lives of at least six million people in Africa through water access sanitation and hygiene (WASH), productive use of water and watershed protection interventions.
- The Water and Development Alliance (WADA) is a unique partnership between the Coca-Cola Company and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) that addresses community water needs in developing countries around the world. In conjunction with local USAID Missions and Coca-Cola system partners, and with support from GETF, WADA contributes to protecting and improving the sustainability of watersheds, increasing access to water supply and sanitation services for the world’s poor and enhancing productive uses of water. With a combined investment of $39 million since 2005, WADA is having a positive impact on the lives of people and the health of ecosystems in 35 projects in 30 countries worldwide.
- Project Last Mile (PLM) is a public-private partnership that applies Coca-Cola’s supply-chain management and marketing expertise to support African governments in reaching the “last mile” to deliver life-saving medicines and supplies to the hardest-to-reach communities. PLM’s cross-sector partners include the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, The Global Fund, and the Yale Global Health Leadership Institute. To date, Project Last Mile has supported work in eight countries in Africa, with the program goal to improve health systems management and supply chain efficiencies in 10 African countries by 2020. GETF serves as the fiduciary and partnership manager for Project Last Mile.
- Through the Golden Triangle Partnership program, The Coca-Cola Foundation, The Coca-Cola Company, Equatorial Coca-Cola Bottling Company, and its local bottlers led an integrated approach by working with the governments and civil society organizations in Liberia to respond to the Ebola outbreak. The Bolstering Africa’s Resilience (BAR) Initiative leveraged the expertise of best in class partners to create a holistic unified response to Ebola in Liberia. By working with the government and local partners, this Initiative offered locally relevant and long-lasting solutions to the challenges exposed during the 2014 Ebola crisis with a focus on access to safe water and sanitation in health facilities; the economic empowerment of women who became the sole source of income for their families, and the education and welfare of children who were orphaned by the crisis.