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CCE wins gold for Environmental Leadership

29 October 2012

Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) and Coca-Cola Great Britain (CCGB) both received accolades at the prestigious Food and Drink Federation (FDF) Community Partnership Awards, held in London

CCE was presented with the top award (gold) in the Environmental Leadership category for its initiative to ‘Reduce the carbon footprint of the drink in your hand by a third by 2020’.

FDF recognised the genuine industry leadership shown by CCE in the key areas of sustainable packaging and carbon reduction, as well as the company's efforts to inspire and lead change at every stage of the value chain, as part of its 'Deliver for Today; Inspire for Tomorrow' sustainability plan.

The initiative was selected by the judging panel for being a transformational business model that was also bringing wider benefits to recycling across the UK. Julian Hunt, VP Public Affairs & Communications GB at CCE, comments:

“This is a great result for CCE, as these well-established awards are respected across the industry and they see us competing with our peers in the food and drink sector. This is valuable external recognition for the leadership of our business – and is testimony to the hard work that many people at CCE do every day to drive forward our sustainability agenda.”

In addition, CCGB was awarded silver for its StreetGames partnership, which works to take sport to the doorsteps of teens in some of the country’s most deprived communities. This partnership came about through CCGB’s commitment as Worldwide Olympic Partner to help deliver a legacy of increased grassroots sports participation and enable more people to be more active, more often. In addition to several other achievements, this partnership has led to engagement with over 110,000 teenagers across the UK in various sports activities.

FDF Director of Communications, Terry Jones said: “Our Community Partnership Awards are an important opportunity to recognise the positive impact food and drink businesses have across the country and to celebrate their economic success.

“Whether it’s working with local schools, sourcing ingredients sustainably or showcasing British products on the global stage, the food and drink sector is full of great examples of how businesses can be both successful and responsible. This year’s winners are an inspiration to all businesses, both in and out of the food chain, and show not only what can be achieved when companies are committed to making a positive difference, but also why our sector is a such great place to be.”

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