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Coca-Cola Company awarded for global sustainable development

January 29, 2009
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The World Environment Center’s (WEC) Twenty-Fifth Annual Gold Medal for International Corporate Achievement in Sustainable Development has been awarded to The Coca-Cola Company for implementing strategic business initiatives in the high impact areas of water stewardship, sustainable packaging, energy management and climate protection, reported by the Business Wire. Coca-Cola’s Signature Contribution, “returning to nature and communities an amount of water equal to what it uses in all of its beverages and their production”, was cited by the independent international Gold Medal Jury as an exceptional demonstration of leadership in sustainability. Based on reducing and recycling the water used in manufacturing, and replenishing water as a vital resource, the efforts are yielding important social, environmental, and economic benefits. The WEC Gold Medal Award will be presented to The Coca-Cola Company at the 25th Gold Medal Presentation gala on Friday, May 8, 2009 at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. The World Environment Center Gold Medal for International Corporate Achievement in Sustainable Development was established in 1985 to recognize top industry initiatives in global environmental excellence and sustainable development. The WEC Gold Medal Jury is independent of the WEC and its programs, and is composed of international leaders from academia, government, and non-governmental organizations and retired industry professionals. The World Environment Center (WEC) is an independent, non-profit, non-advocacy organization whose mission is to advance sustainable development through the business practices of its member companies in partnership with government and other stakeholders. WEC''s activities and operations are global in scope, and it is unique in providing direct, on-the-ground support to companies to improve their performance, and that of their business partners, across the value chain.
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