Danang City, August 13, 2022 – Coca-Cola Beverages Vietnam Limited (Coca-Cola Vietnam) in partnership with the People’s Committee of Danang City today inaugurates “For a Vietnam without Waste” event at EKOCENTER Community Center Danang, Lien Chieu District. The event welcomes the participation of representatives from Danang’s Department of Natural Resources and Environment (DoNRE) and Department of Industry and Trade (DoIT), the People’s Committee of Lien Chieu District, the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI), the Vietnam Business Council for Sustainable Development (VBCSD), and local community in the area.
This is one of the outstanding events organized by Coca-Cola Vietnam and local authorities in Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) and Danang City, under a World Without Waste vision. With many meaningful activities in a half-day event, “For a Vietnam Without Waste” event aims to raise public awareness about waste sorting, encourage people to use reusable bags, and thus promote a green lifestyle and sustainable production and consumption. On this occasion, Coca-Cola Vietnam hands over 90 segregation trash bins to Danang’s DoNRE and 4,000 reusable bags to DoIT worth a total of VND700 million. The in-kind sponsorship will help local authorities to propagate about the new regulations in the Environmental Protection Law application.
To attract families and young people to join hands to collect plastic waste for recycling, the event encourages attendees to bring used plastic bottles to exchange for their favorite Coca-Cola products. These bottles and cans collected at the event then will be hand-made into lanterns for local underprivileged children thanks to the Woman Union and the Youth Union of Hoa Minh Ward. Attendees can also enjoy an exhibition of winning projects in “A New Life of Waste” contest finale, where the most outstanding and effective recycling ideas are demonstrated. Dat Maniac Rapper also joins this event to share about his new project of collecting waste for music CDs and spreading good vibes to environmentalists there.
“With the purpose of “Refresh the world. Make a difference”, Coca-Cola Vietnam constantly pursues sustainable development and comprehensive growth for almost 30 years in Vietnam. We hope that “For a Vietnam without Waste” event can contribute to the joint effort of Danang and Ho Chi Minh City authorities in raising awareness and building sustainable consumption habits for the community. We will continue to accompany these cities’ governments to promote collection and recycling activities locally and nationwide,” said Mr. Peeyush Sharma, Chief Executive Officer of Coca-Cola Beverages Vietnam Limited.
Mr. Le The Nhan, Vice Chairman of the People’s Committee of Lien Chieu District, Danang City, shares: “Plastic waste is a collective issue to be solved collectively by the community. Therefore, we acknowledge and welcome Coca-Cola Vietnam’s efforts to protect Danang’s living environment through practical initiatives like today’s event. This is a great example for how public and private sectors together can raise public awareness and call for good action, to make Danang the most livable place in Vietnam – a city without waste.”
The event “For a Vietnam without Waste” is a latest initiative towards a World Without Waste vision of the Coca-Cola Company. From the vision announced in 2018, Coca-Cola set ambitious goals to make its packaging 100% recyclable globally by 2025, use at least 50% recycled material in its packaging by 2030, and collect and recycle equivalent of every bottle or can it sells globally by 2030.
Mr. Nguyen Quang Vinh, Vice President of VCCI, Chairman of VBCSD, highly appreciated Coca-Cola progress in its sustainable development journey in Vietnam over the years. Coca-Cola Vietnam has been recognized for six consecutive years as one of the most sustainable companies in Vietnam in credible CSI 100 Index by VCCI and VBCSD. Last year, the company made it at top 3 most sustainable companies in Vietnam as a deserved reward for its efforts in growing sustainably with the country.
About Coca-Cola Vietnam
COCA-COLA is one of the best-known international brands in Vietnam. Coca-Cola Vietnam’s manufacturing facilities in Ho Chi Minh, Danang, and Hanoi cities employ around 2,000 people, while creating an additional six to eight times indirect jobs throughout the company’s value chain. As a total beverage company, Coca-Cola is continuously investing in product innovation, diversifying packaging options, and providing a wide portfolio of quality beverage products, which includes less-sugar and zero-sugar variants. Coca-Cola Vietnam offers COCA-COLA, COCA-COLA LIGHT, COCA-COLA less sugar, COCA-COLA ZERO, COCA-COLA PLUS, SPRITE, FANTA, MINUTE MAID TEPPY, MINUTE MAID SPLASH, GEORGIA MAX COFFEE, NUTRIBOOST, DASANI, AQUARIUS, SCHWEPPES and FUZETEA+.
The company is also fully committed to creating shared value in the communities it serves by ensuring that sustainability is at the core of its business operations. Coca-Cola continues building sustainable communities in locations where the company operates. Since 2010, Coca-Cola has invested millions of dollars in community projects in Vietnam. This includes programs such as the EKOCENTER, providing clean water, empowering women and local SMEs, supporting families in hardship, and sending disaster relief. For more information, visit our website at https://www.cocacolavietnam.com/.
Coca-Cola Vietnam and its World Without Waste vision
As part of its World Without Waste vision, The Coca-Cola Company is working to ensure that all of the material it uses in its packaging is collected and recycled, so that none of it ends up as waste. The Company has a global goal to help collect and recycle every bottle and can they sell by 2030.
In Vietnam, Coca-Cola is helping to support and drive locally relevant collection and recycling solutions. Coca-Cola Vietnam is one of the founding members of Packaging Recovery Organisation (PRO) Vietnam, a partnership with other leading companies, recyclers and government agencies to accelerate local packaging collection and recycling in support of a clean and green Vietnam. Furthermore, Coca-Cola Vietnam has cooperated with strategic partners including The Ocean Cleanup, the Centre for Supporting Green Development (GreenHub), The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), to raise broader awareness and implement new initiatives in waste segregation, collection and recycle towards a circular economy in Vietnam.