The Coca‑Cola Foundation has ensured an additional million dollars for the assistance to flooded areas in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Serbia.
With this donation, the total amount of financial assistance ensured by the Coca‑Cola system for the flooded areas in the region exceeds 1.7 million dollars.
Companies from the whole Coca‑Cola system (The Coca‑Cola Foundation, The Coca‑Cola Company and filling plants from the Coca‑Cola Hellenic Group) participated in funds raising. The activity was also supported by numerous employees through individual donations and participation in volunteering actions for assistance for the flooded areas. The funds will be paid to Red Cross Society in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Serbia, and they will be used for reconstruction of educational, sports and cultural buildings, as well as for the reconstruction of the primary healthcare system of the population from flooded areas.
"In compliance with socially responsible principles incorporated in all business segments, Coca‑Cola is dedicated to a responsible co-existence with the community and responsible use of resources in all markets in which it operates. Nobody could remain indifferent while watching catastrophic sights left behind by the flood and thousands of families that lost their homes and basic living conditions. For this reason, we decided to initiate donor actions in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Croatia and an additional funds raising action within our international system. We are very proud that our employees will join the individual donations in this action. As a responsible partner we will continue participating actively in the life of communities in which we operate“, said the Regional Operations Director of The Coca‑Cola Company for Southeast Europe Lana Popović.
The Coca‑Cola Foundation from Atlanta has paid 500,000 US dollars for assistance for the flooded areas in Bosnia and Herzegovina, a Coca‑Cola's system in Bosnia and Herzegovina has ensured additional 55,000 euros. The employees of Coca‑Cola in Bosnia and Herzegovina have spent more than 1000 hours in eight volunteering actions, and 95,000 litres of water were donated to the population in the most endangered areas. While expressing his gratitude for the donation, the Secretary General of the Red Cross in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Branko Leko emphasised: "We are continuing the activities on raising the funds for assistance, since the true and serious consequences of the floods are affecting the population of the endangered areas only now. For this specific reason the support and assistance are the most important, but also the most valuable thing. We are grateful to employees of Coca‑Cola, because they have been participating in the actions since the first day, and together with the company Coca‑Cola they are continuing and providing assistance to the Red Cross, helping us with our mission.“
On the Coca‑Cola Foundation
The Coca‑Cola Foundation is in charge of philanthropic activities within the Coca‑Cola Company. Since the establishment in 1984, it has allocated 675 million of dollars of support to different sustainable initiatives throughout the world, including also water protection, women empowerment and improvement of wellbeing of persons and their communities.
About Coca‑Cola Hellenic Group
Coca‑Cola Hellenic is the second-largest bottler of products of The Coca‑Cola Company in terms of volume with sales of more than 2 billion unit cases. It has broad geographic footprint with operations in 28 countries serving a population of more than 585 million people. Coca‑Cola Hellenic offers a diverse range of ready-to-drink non-alcoholic beverages in the sparkling, juice, water, sport, energy, tea and coffee categories. Coca‑Cola Hellenic 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.
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