What began as an aspirational goal nine years ago is now a global industry milestone.

In 2007, The Coca-Cola Company committed to replenishing every litre of water used in its global sales volume and production by the end of 2020. This year, to mark the beginning of World Water Week, we are proud to announce that The Coca-Cola Company is the first Fortune 500 company to achieve such an ambitious target.

It has been a long and, at times, arduous road. With water the main ingredient in most of our beverages and used in production across 207 countries, we use about 305 billion litres of water every year. But we embrace the responsibility to replenish the water we use to make our products possible. 

Water replenishment

The Coca-Cola Company is proud to announce it is the first Fortune 500 company to replenish every litre of water used in its global sales volume and production.

The Coca-Cola System achieved its water replenishment goal through 248 community water partnership projects launched in collaboration with government, local communities and private-sector peers. It focuses on safe water access, watershed protection and water for productive use.

Some of these projects directly benefit the sources of water from which The Coca-Cola Company bottles its beverages or fields where it grows ingredients, and others impact local communities and watersheds.

In most cases these projects also provide access to sanitation and education, improve local livelihoods, help communities adapt to climate change, enhance water quality and biodiversity, and more. 

Substantial contributions to our water-replenishment activities have come through our global conservation partnership with World Wildlife Fund, The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation’s Replenish Africa Initiative, the company’s Every Drop Matters partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (which in 2014 expanded to New World) and The Coca-Cola Company’s investment in 50 water funds across Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. We’re making a difference locally, too.

Over the past fortnight a devastating gastro bug has hit Havelock North, in New Zealand’s North Island, affecting more than 2000 residents due to contamination of their water supply.

Rather than simply standing by while our Kiwi communities are suffering, Coca-Cola New Zealand donated 14,440 bottles of 1.5L Kiwi Blue water to Havelock North, with staff members across the business – including sales, logistics and communications – coming together to provide a solution at speed. 

Havelock North

The Coca-Cola System has donated 24 pallets of water to Havelock North in New Zealand after a devastating gastro bug spread through the community from a contaminated water supply. 

The general manager of strategy and brand at Coca-Cola Amatil New Zealand, Wendy Rayner, is proud that Coca-Cola Amatil NZ and Coca-Cola Oceania could mobilise so quickly for one of our communities.

“This is what our business is all about: doing the right thing, standing together and taking the lead, especially when people in Havelock North are struggling with a clean water supply,” Wendy said. “I’m proud of the good we can do in our communities.”

The head of grocery at Coca-Cola Amatil NZ, Corey Slieker, echoed Wendy’s words. “We’re doing this because it’s the right thing to do – pure and simple,” Corey said.

“I hope thousands of 1.5 litre bottles of Kiwi Blue help ease some of struggles in Havelock North. This makes me very proud to be part of Coca-Cola.”

For more on The Coca-Cola Company’s 2020 water replenishment goal, check out this infographic.