At The Coca-Cola Company, we and our bottling partners are committed to creating value for the communities we proudly serve and the planet we all share. Sustainability is at the heart of our business and is our way of creating shared value. This is a global strategy that encompasses the very DNA of the company, and is something that is executed locally in all our markets.
As a business, we recognize that sustainability efforts are an important cornerstone to our business and growth. Indeed, we believe this work must be integral to our mission of refreshing the world, inspiring moments of optimism and happiness, creating value and making a difference.
Our operations cover more than 200 countries and territories, and we depend on demand from consumers and strong partnerships with suppliers, distributors, retailers and communities across our value chain to help us grow our business sustainably. Our system is committed to and inline with our goal of replenishing, or balancing, the water used in our finished beverages— approximately 94 percent so far—through community water projects. Our objective is by 2020 to have safely returned to nature an amount of water equal to what we use in our production. Our bottling plants around the world are recycling wastewater, treating it to stringent standards and returning it to nature. Since 2004, we have replenished an estimated 153.6 billion liters of water back to communities and nature through 209 community water projects in 61 countries. We have returned approximately 126.7 billion liters of water used in its manufacturing processes back to communities and nature through treated wastewater in 2014. These combined efforts put Coca-Cola on track to be the first global food and beverage company to replenish all the water it uses back to communities and nature.
As our Chairman and CEO Muhtar Kent says, “Some of the most important business breakthroughs will come at the intersection of sustainability and innovation.”