NBC’s Water Pledge Reaffirms Commitment to Environmental Sustainability
Nigerian Bottling Company Limited (NBC), leader in the non-alcoholic beverage industry, has restated its commitment to environmental sustainability.
In a recent company statement, Legal, Public Affairs and Communications Director, Sade Morgan stated that, “NBC is part of Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company, and as a business, we have integrated sustainability and corporate responsibility into every part of our operation, building long-term shared value for our business and stakeholders.”
The non-alcoholic beverage leader’s spokesperson further stated that,“NBC is always developing new initiatives to drive sustainability in its operations and amongst employees. The Company recently launched ‘Water Pledge’, an internal campaign aimed at creating more awareness within our operations to commit to water minimization initiative in our plants, with a pioneer activation in our Asejire Plant. In addition, NBC has established a Sustainability Award, to ensure day to day milestone efforts add up to sustained improvements and best practices in quality, safety and environment, demanding healthy competition amongst different NBC production locations.”
Speaking on how the Company treats its waste water, Mrs. Morgan said, “We ensure that all water returned to the natural environment is treated to the level that supports aquatic life. Our 11 bottling plants spread across Nigeria have on-site functional waste water treatment plants. Treated water released into the environment is suitable for use in agriculture as well as supporting plant and animal life.”
In 2016, Coca-Cola HBC was named beverage industry leader in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices for the third consecutive year. This three-peat award celebrates the Coca-Cola Hellenic Group’s commitments to upholding their leading position in the beverage industry on sustainability matters. NBC is contributing to meeting the Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Group target of 40% reduction by 2020, (when compared to 2010) in its environmental footprints, as it relates to water and carbon emission,through its water and energy consumption reduction initiatives.
In addition, NBC, together with their partners, Coca-Cola Nigeria Limited are taking the lead, in collaboration with other social enterprises, in the collection and recovery of post-consumer packaging materials as part of their extended producer responsibility initiative. Employees have also not been left out of these sustainability initiatives. Occasionally, employees of the Company take part in volunteering initiatives such as tree planting and other clean up exercises, during work time. One of which was when NBC employees, collaborated with various state government and other stakeholders to plant trees, as was witnessed during the 2017 World Environment Day.