Sustainability Action Plan

Sustainability is essential for any well run business. It supports our business growing and thriving in an ever-changing environment. At Coca-Cola, sustainability has been core to our business for many years. We have made tremendous progress and we believe there is much more to do.

This is Forward

Our sustainability action plan, This is Forward, places sustainability at the very heart of our business strategy. We are determined to create an environment where people take pride in working for us and where we earn trust from our customers, consumers and stakeholders.

Sustainability News

This is Forward – CCEP Sustainability Report

Last month we published our 2019 Sustainability Report which outlines the progress we are making against our six sustainability commitments in areas such as climate, society and packaging. Some highlights for the GB business unit include the introduction of Glacéau smartwater in bottles made of 100% recycled PET which meant our bottles contained 29% recycled content, on average, and this will move to more than 50% later this year. Two thirds of our sales volume came from low and no sugar drinks and in our water stewardship programmes we work with farmers in East Anglia on water sensitive agriculture. However, there is always more progress that can be made and sustainability will remain at the heart of our business operations.
Click the button below for more details about the 2019 Sustainability Report.



Did you know?
All the bottles and cans we manufacture are 100% recyclable

Action on Society
How We Have Supported Our Communities During the Coronavirus Crisis

Ensuring the safety and wellbeing of both our people and our communities has been paramount at this time and we’ve been even more committed than ever to ensuring that we are fulfilling our role as a force for good, by:

  • Providing help and support to the vulnerable
  • Staying by the side of our charity partners
  • Empowering employees to make a difference
  • Coming together to support key workers
  • Helping amplify important messages
  • Supporting our customers
Click below to view a short film and a written summary from our Head of Sustainability, Nick Brown on how we’ve put the above into action through charitable donations, product donations to the frontline and the vulnerable and through our colleagues volunteering their time to support good causes.



Did you know?
The global Coca-Cola system donated $120m to COVID-19 relief efforts worldwide

Action on Climate
UK Corporate Leaders Letter to the Prime Minister

Sustainability is central to the CCEP business and will continue to be as we help to rebuild the economy post-pandemic. There is a huge opportunity for industry and government to work together and rebuild an economy that is cleaner, sustainable and more resilient, having a positive impact on humanity’s greatest threat – climate change. Along with 207 businesses, we are calling upon the government to deliver a Covid-19 recovery plan that balances both economic recovery with sustainability commitments.



Did you know?
We’ve reduced our carbon emissions in our core operations by over 65% in the last decade

Action on Society
CCEP Colleagues Taking Part in Remote Volunteering

In light of the current crisis we have a responsibility to make sure we adapt and put into action steps that will help accelerate recovery across business and society. One step we’re taking internally with our colleagues is to ensure we maximise their potential to support communities in a safe and socially distanced way, through the introduction of remote volunteering.
We are supporting key industry charity IGD by volunteering for its Feeding Britain’s Future schools programme, where colleagues volunteer to take part in live online sessions to provide insights into life working for an FMCG company.
In another example, through our partnership with UK Youth, 8 CCEP colleagues from across the business trialled a virtual 3 hour Networking Masterclass for young people from South London, with more initiatives to follow. Additionally, a number of our colleagues are utilising Neighbourly’s volunteering matching system to find a charity or good cause who can put their time and skills to good use. An example of this is letter writing to residents in care homes local to CCEP sites, who have been left isolated and unable to receive visitors.

If you’re interested in engaging in remote volunteering, visit Neighbourly’s website to find out more:

More information can be found out about IGD’s Feeding Britain’s Future here:

Did you know?
CCEP colleagues spent almost 5,000 hours volunteering to support good causes in 2019. The business supports all employees to have two days paid leave every year for volunteering

Action on Supply Chain
Keeping our people safe at our Sidcup site

Rory Kerr, CCEP Operations Director

Throughout the coronavirus pandemic our sites have continued to operate to make sure we give great service to our customers who are still operating and ensure shoppers can buy the brands that they love. Keeping our people safe is our top priority at CCEP and when coronavirus landed, this did not change. The first thing we did was one-to-one welfare conversations with every employee who works at Sidcup. We needed to identify those who were most vulnerable and those with an underlying health condition, who would have been at greater risk to stay onsite. We offered them the opportunity to stay at home on full pay for 12 weeks. We consulted with colleagues onsite and created a risk assessment for all areas. We introduced one way corridors, so people did not have to pass each other. In the canteen, we extended the opening times, moved benches and introduced seating to make sure people were sitting two metres apart. We painted markers on the floor to ensure appropriate distancing was in place.
The great thing was it was a shared effort with colleagues at our site and we were complimented on the approach we had taken, because we opened it up to everyone to help find a solution. Through the most challenging of times and a whole period of uncertainty, our colleagues came onsite and continued to come to work to ensure we were still able to make some of the worlds most loved drinks.

To hear more from Rory Kerr and the recent investments at our Sidcup site,
click on this profile in Food Manufacture magazine.

Did you know?
In addition to the 8.5m litres of product donated to charity, Coca-Cola made a donation to Fareshare that has provided the equivalent of nearly two million healthy meals to people living in isolation, families with children, the elderly and vulnerable and those recently unemployed