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COCA-COLA COMMITS TO PROVIDE SAFE WATER ACCESS

The Coca-Cola Company has restated its commitment to providing access to clean water and sanitation in the country.

The company stated that, this is in line with its mission of making a difference in communities where it operates.

To this end, Coca-Cola Africa launched JAMII, a platform that is focused on three strategic pillars where it has made considerable progress; water leadership, women and youth economic empowerment and packaging waste management to deepen its ESG impact.

Through JAMII, the Coca-Cola system in Nigeria has been leading to improve access to safe water, sanitation and protect our natural water resources through meaningful partnerships with government, the private sectors, NGOs, and local communities.

In celebrating World Water Day, Public Affairs, Communications and Sustainability director of Coca-Cola, Nwamaka Onyemelukwe said: “we recognise that water is essential to our business and to the communities where we operate and are committed to being responsible stewards of this vital resource.

“We want to do this by improving water availability, quality, access, and governance; and taking a more granular watershed-based approach. In short, we’re focusing on doing what matters most, where it matters most.”

The company announced a holistic 2030 water strategy which aims to achieve water security in its operations, local watersheds and communities, where it operates, sources agricultural ingredients for beverages and touches people’s lives.

Coca-Cola and its bottling partner, Nigerian Bottling Company, have delivered various water projects across various communities providing improved access to clean water and sanitation to over 1.2 million Nigerians in hard-to-reach vulnerable communities as well as its host communities.

In 2022, the Coca-Cola Foundation provided over $1.3 million to two NGOs namely; the Rural Africa Water Development Project (RAWDP) for Disaster Risk Reduction and Urban Resilience (IDRRUR) in Imo state and GETF who is partnering with WaterAid on an 18-month project targeted at improving access to safe water, sanitation, and hygiene services in four communities within and around the Maiduguri metropolis of Borno State.

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