Coca-Cola HBC - Business In The Community

Coca-Cola HBC

As bottling partner to the Coca-Cola Company across the island of Ireland, Coca-Cola HBC Ireland and Northern Ireland produces, distributes, and sells a wide range of beverages including global brands Coca-Cola, Diet Coke, Coca-Cola Zero Sugar, Fanta, Sprite, Schweppes, and locally-owned brands Deep RiverRock and Fruice.


A member of the 28-country Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Group, its business has a strong heritage in Northern Ireland. It is a major employer in the area, and its state-of-the-art facility at Lisburn, Co. Antrim serving the entire island of Ireland market. It has proudly refreshed local consumers since 1939.

What Coca-Cola did

Giving back has always been part of the way Coca-Cola does business, supporting communities through the provision of time, resources, expertise, volunteering, funding and in-kind support.

Community investment is a strategic platform for CCHBC and is leveraged across three key areas; (1) Community wellbeing, (2) Promoting environmental stewardship, and (3) Supporting youth development. Together with its responsible approach to sales and marketing, these platforms form its corporate social responsibility (CSR) strategy, which is an important part of its overall annual company business plan.

Coca-Cola invests in initiatives that will help to make a real and lasting difference in local communities, including public bike schemes supported by Coca-Cola Zero, its £100k Thank You Fund that aims to empower young people, and Clean Coast programmes, encouraging environmental stewardship and pride in our coastline.

Other projects include: Coca-Cola Designated Driver; Coca-Cola Visitors Experience; Community Support Programme; Coca-Cola HBC Our Charity Programme; Coca-Cola Lisburn Half Marathon; Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon; Cola Grand Opera House Summer Youth Programme; Coca-Cola Lisburn and Castlereagh Mayor’s Bursary; Adopt a Spot Programme; and its 2020 Sustainability Commitments.

Impacts and Outcomes

89% of employees participated in CSR activities in 2016
Coca-Cola Zero Bike Scheme: Almost 10,000 subscribers; distance travelled = 323,000km
Thank You Fund: £600,000+ awarded to community groups across the island of Ireland over the last six years
Clean Coast: 4,600 participants across 210 community groups engaged in helping to keep beaches free from litter
NI Prosperity Agreement: In 2015, signed an agreement with the NIEA to reduce carbon emissions by 15% and water usage by 5% by 2019
Global and Local Sustainability Recognition: A third consecutive year ranking as sustainability leader for the beverage industry in the on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index; Platinum Status in BITC Environmental Benchmarking Survey 2016
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