Coca‑Cola HBC Romania, the largest company in the local beverages industry, was recognized, for the second year in a row, the most responsible company in Romania and ranks first in the top of the most transparent and involved companies in Romania, regarding the CSR and the environment „Romania CSR Index”*. Coca‑Cola HBC Romania registered a score of 94.57%, an increase of approximately 9% compared to the core it had in 2016.

This recognition is based on the analysis of the Coca‑Cola HBC Romania Sustainability Report of 2015, through which the company communicates the results it registered in four of the most important areas of interest: community, environment, workplace and market. 

Respecting its promise to generate community wellbeing and inspire a better future, Coca‑Cola HBC Romania invested, in 2015, over 700,000 EURO in CSR programs. 

Some of the most important results integrated in the Sustainability Report are:

- Over 90% of the company's suppliers are local.

- Coca‑Cola HBC Romania reduced CO2 emissions by 5.32% compared to 2014.

- Half of the electricity used in Timisoara and Poiana Negrii plants comes from renewable sources. The company invested, in 2015, approximately 245,000 EURO in implementing energy efficiency technologies. - Over 66,500 trees were planted with the support of Coca‑Cola HBC, in activities developed in partnership with NGOs and with the help of volunteers from the company. 

- Over 700 members of the Coca‑Cola HBC Romania team were involved in volunteer activities in 2015.

- Over 45% of the company's employees were involved in leadership and management programs.

 

„Sustainability is a priority for us and is integrated in the business strategy of Coca‑Cola HBC. The importance we give to this area goes beyond numbers and reports: our colleagues are sustainability ambassadors, they actively promote a responsible lifestyle. Many of them are involved directly in reducing the impact on the environment, are volunteers in environment and community projects. The 2015 Sustainability Report shows our progress in this area, of which we are very proud. But the biggest joy comes from the fact that we see how Coca‑Cola HBC team supports the company’s philosophy: we are, always, what we leave after us. And, just like the headline of the report says: Tomorrow starts today. With us.” Irina Ionescu, Public Affairs & Communication Manager Coca‑Cola HBC Romania.

The 2015 Sustainability Report includes all the progress the company made in sustainability. The full report is available on the company’s website, at http://www.coca-colahellenic.ro/Towardssustainabilit/Reportingourprogress/. 

About Coca‑Cola HBC

Coca‑Cola HBC is a leading bottler of The Coca‑Cola Company with a sales volume of more than 2 billion unit cases. It has a broad geographic footprint with operations in 28 countries serving a population of approximately 595 million people. Coca‑Cola HBC offers a diverse range of non-alcoholic ready to drink beverages in the sparkling, juice, water, sport, energy, tea and coffee categories. Coca‑Cola HBC is committed to promoting sustainable development in order to create value for its business and for society. This includes providing products that meet the beverage needs of consumers, fostering an open and inclusive work environment, conducting its business in ways that protect and preserve the environment and contribute to the socio-economic development of the local communities. 

Coca‑Cola HBC is ranked beverage industry leader in the Dow Jones Sustainability World and Europe Indices, and is also included in the FTSE4Good Index. Coca‑Cola HBC has a premium listing on the London Stock Exchange (LSE: CCH) and its shares are listed on the Athens Exchange (ATHEX: EEE). For more information, please visit http://www.coca-colahellenic.com. 

* The study was made by the consultancy agency The Azores, was based on an evaluation methodology which respects four international references, the most important in the field: The Directive 2014/95/UE of the European Parliament and of the Council, the Sustainable Development Objectives, the Standard GRI and Dow Jones Sustainability Index. The analysis took into account 100 of the biggest companies in Romania. As compared to the previous year, the indicators number grew from 36 to 43. The new indicators were mainly related to the identification process of the material aspects for each company in respect to sustainable development and associating marketing messages with CSR