ATLANTA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Coca-Cola Foundation donated USD $84.5 million to nearly 300 organizations in 2015. These grants will directly benefit communities across more than 70 countries and territories, with approximately 95 percent of the grants focused on The Coca-Cola Company’s core sustainability priorities of women, water and well-being.
“Since 1984, The Coca-Cola Foundation has given back more than $820 million to communities in more than 200 countries across the world,” said Bea Perez, Chief Sustainability Officer, The Coca-Cola Company. “As the Foundation begins its 32nd year of giving back, we are proud of the increasingly diverse range of projects we support that make a meaningful difference for communities and the environment.”
In 2015, the Foundation awarded approximately $5.5 million to support women’s empowerment initiatives, $26.5 million to support water and environmental initiatives, $48 million to support community strengthening initiatives including education, youth development and HIV/AIDS, and $4.3 million for other important programs that support community improvement, arts and culture, and humanitarian/disaster relief rounding out to total of nearly $85 million given back to communities in 2015.
In Canada, grants totaling $440,000 (approximately CAD $562,633*) were given to the following organizations:
Boys & Girls Clubs of Canada - $150,000 (~CAD $191,807)
Support for the expansion of the Triple Play program to local Boys & Girls Clubs throughout Canada
Ducks Unlimited - $100,000 (~CAD $127,871)
Resorting water through wetlands conservation, specifically 121 acres of land in the Prairie Pothole Region
EPODE International Network - $90,000 (~CAD $115,084)
Supporting expansion of community-based obesity prevention programs in Canada
George Brown College - $50,000 (~CAD $63,936)
Awarded Coca-Cola First Generation scholarships of $2,500 to 20 students who are the first in their families to attend college
The Nature Conservancy of Canada - $50,000 (~CAD $63,936)
Restoring the Bow River Watershed and supporting watershed conservation efforts near Calgary, Alberta
*Canadian exchange rate based on the Bank of Canada’s Year Average of Exchange Rates, 2015.
About The Coca-Cola Foundation
The Coca-Cola Foundation is the global philanthropic arm of The Coca-Cola Company. Since its inception in 1984, the Foundation has awarded more than $820 million in grants to support sustainable community initiatives around the world. For more information about The Coca-Cola Foundation, please visit www.coca-colacompany.com/our-company/the-coca-cola-foundation.
About The Coca-Cola Company
The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO) is the world’s largest beverage company, refreshing consumers with more than 500 sparkling and still brands. Led by Coca-Cola, the world’s most valuable brand, our Company’s portfolio features 20 billion-dollar brands including Diet Coke, Fanta, Sprite, Coca-Cola Zero, vitaminwater, Powerade, Minute Maid, Simply, Georgia and Del Valle. Globally, we are the No. 1 provider of sparkling beverages, ready-to-drink coffees, and juices and juice drinks. Through the world’s largest beverage distribution system, consumers in more than 200 countries enjoy our beverages at a rate of more than 1.9 billion servings a day. With an enduring commitment to building sustainable communities, our Company is focused on initiatives that reduce our environmental footprint, support active, healthy living, create a safe, inclusive work environment for our associates, and enhance the economic development of the communities where we operate. Together with our bottling partners, we rank among the world’s top 10 private employers with more than 700,000 system employees. For more information, please visit www.coca-colacompany.com, follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/CocaColaCo or visit our blog at www.coca-colablog.com.