Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling again rated Europe’s most sustainable beverage company and ranks among the top three beverage industry performers globally for the 11th consecutive year, according to S&P Global's Annual Yearbook

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ZUG, Switzerland , February 2, 2022 (press release) –

Coca-Cola HBC has again been rated Europe’s most sustainable beverage company, and for the 11th consecutive year has been ranked among the top three beverage industry performers globally.

The news was disclosed in S&P Global’s Annual Yearbook, which confirms the 2021 Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI), one of the world’s leading sustainability benchmarks. Coca-Cola HBC was also given a Silver Award by S&P Global.

Commenting, CEO Zoran Bogdanovic said: “This is great recognition for the work all our colleagues do every day to build a more sustainable company and future.  It is a journey we began many years ago and one we view as fundamental to our future growth.   Our commitment in October last year to reach net zero emissions across the value chain by 2040, and the stark realities set out at COP26, remind us of the scale of the challenge we face and that there is much for us all still to do.  We are committed to playing our full part.”

This result is consistent with the independent ratings and scores for Coca-Cola HBC from other respected sustainability surveys and indexes, including MSCI ESG, CDP, FTSE4Good, and FTSE Russell ESG.

Highlights of Coca-Cola HBC’s commitment to sustainability include*:

* Savings of 1.8 million tonnes of CO2e across the value chain and 6.5 billion litres of water in our operations in the last decade.

* Procuring more than 98% of goods and raw material from local suppliers (in the market in which we manufacture our products);

* Supporting 11.3 other jobs on average for every job in The Coca-Cola system;

* Training 480,000 young people across 28 countries since 2017 since the launch of the company’s flagship community programme, #YouthEmpowered, which aims to train 1 million young people by 2025;

* Publishing its first tax transparency policy and report in August 2020

* Ensuring 39% of management roles are held by women, with a target to reach 50% by 2025;

* Launching five mineral water brands in bottles made from 100% rPET in six of our markets, and in Italy, migrating all single serve Sparkling Soft Drinks to 100% rPET;

* Replacing hard-to-recycle plastic shrink wrap on can multi-packs with KeelClip™, a minimalist 100% recyclable and compostable, FSC-certified paperboard solution in 10 CCH markets with plan to roll out across all EU countries in 2022.

The Company’s full list of commitments and achievements can be viewed here (https://www.coca-colahellenic.com/en/a-more-sustainable-future/mission-2025).

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In October 2021, Coca-Cola HBC committed to achieving net zero emissions across its entire value chain by 2040. The company has created a robust action plan and will invest €250 million in emissions reduction initiatives by 2025. Via an existing, approved science-based target, by 2030 the company will reduce its value chain emissions in scopes 1,2 and 3 by 25%, with a further 50% reduction in the following decade. To address the 90% of emissions in scope 3 resulting from third party actions, CCH will broaden its existing partnership approach with suppliers. Wherever emissions cannot be eliminated entirely, the business will mitigate these by investing in other climate protection measures.

COCA‑COLA HBC GROUP

Coca-Cola HBC is a growth-focused CPG business and strategic bottling partner of The Coca-Cola Company. We create value for all our stakeholders by supporting the socio-economic development of the societies in which we operate and we believe building a more positive environmental impact is integral to our future growth. Together, we and our customers serve more than 715 million consumers across a broad geographic footprint of 29 countries on 3 continents. Our portfolio is one of the strongest, broadest and most flexible in the beverage industry, offering consumer-leading partner brands in the sparkling, juice, water, sport, energy, plant-based, ready-to-drink tea, coffee, adult sparkling and premium spirits categories. These brands include Coca-Cola, Coca-Cola Zero, Schweppes, Kinley, Royal Bliss, Costa Coffee, Valser, Romerquelle, Fanta, Sprite, Powerade, FuzeTea, Dobry, Cappy, Monster and Adez. We foster an open and inclusive work environment amongst our more than 28,000 employees and we are ranked among the top sustainability performers in ESG benchmarks such as the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices, CDP, MSCI ESG and FTSE4Good.

Coca-Cola HBC has a premium listing on the London Stock Exchange (LSE:CCH) and is listed on the Athens Exchange (ATHEX:EEE). For more information, please visit https://www.coca-colahellenic.com.

[Category: Consumer Products, Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG), Food & Beverages, ESG, Awards and Recognitions]

Source: Coca-Cola HBC

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