Coca‑Cola HBC, the bottling partner of the Coca‑Cola Company, has been again ranked as Europe’s most sustainable beverage company in the 2020 Dow Jones Sustainability Index.

In eight years, Coca‑Cola HBC has been ranked number one in Europe for the seventh time.

With its highest ever score, Coca‑Cola HBC is ranked number two globally, marking its 10th successive year in the top three.

Coca‑Cola HBC CEO Zoran Bogdanovic said: “The CoVid-19 pandemic has brought us closer to our communities than ever before and it continues to be a privilege to serve and support them.

“Therefore, I am particularly proud that, in this year, the commitment of our people and partners to building a positive social and environmental impact has again been recognised.

“It is a commitment that is integral to our future growth and one that will never change. Staying humble in the face of the challenges and knowing that we have a long journey ahead will be two critical elements for our continued success.”

Coca-Cola HBC’s latest ranking by Dow Jones further builds on other sustainability surveys and indexes carried out by MSCI ESG, CDP, FTSE4Good and FTSE Russell ESG.

In September 2018, Coca-Cola HBC launched its 2025 sustainability commitments, which focused on six key areas, including reducing emissions, ingredients sourcing, nutrition, World Without Waste, water use and stewardship, as well as our people and communities.

Some of the sustainability milestones achieved by Coca-Cola HBC include a science-based reduction of 25% in carbon emissions in comparison to 2010 levels, as well as reducing water usage at manufacturing facilities in the water-risk areas by 7%.

It also includes the usage of 100% recycled PET for packaging of four mineral water brands across five markets and donation of more than four million litres of beverages to frontline keyworkers during the first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.