Donations include USD 1 million from The Coca-Cola Foundation and additional contributions from The Coca-Cola Company and local Coca-Cola Bottling Partners.
March 28, 2019 – The Coca-Cola Company, its local bottling partners and The Coca-Cola Foundation are providing disaster relief assistance to communities impacted by Cyclone Idai in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi.
The philanthropic arm of The Coca-Cola Company, The Coca-Cola Foundation, today pledged $1 million to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and Save the Children. The funds will go toward emergency food and shelter for survivors across the three countries, including thousands who have been displaced from their homes.
“The United Nations predicts this may be one of the worst weather-related disasters to hit the Southern Hemisphere,” said Helen Smith Price, President of The Coca-Cola Foundation. “We are concerned about the communities impacted by Cyclone Idai, and we are using our resources to support immediate relief and recovery efforts.”
Additionally, the company and its local bottling partners – Coca-Cola Beverages Africa (Mozambique), Delta Corporation (Zimbabwe), Mutare Bottling Company (Zimbabwe), Schweppes Zimbabwe and Castel Malawi Limited, have made in-kind donations totalling over $200,000 which include bottles of water, logistic support and donations from employees in the region.
Having operated in the region for over 80 years, the Coca-Cola system is a committed partner to the communities it serves. During this critical period, Coca-Cola remains dedicated to supporting those individuals affected by this natural disaster.
About The Coca-Cola Company
The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO) is a total beverage company, offering over 500 brands in more than 200 countries and territories. In addition to the company’s Coca-Cola brands, our portfolio includes some of the world’s most valuable beverage brands, such as AdeS plant-based beverages, Ayataka green tea, Costa coffee, Dasani waters, Del Valle juices and nectars, Fanta, Georgia coffee, Gold Peak teas and coffees, Honest Tea, innocent smoothies and juices, Minute Maid juices, Powerade sports drinks, Simply juices, smartwater, Sprite, vitaminwater and ZICO coconut water. We’re constantly transforming our portfolio, from reducing sugar in our drinks to bringing innovative new products to market. We’re also working to reduce our environmental impact by replenishing water and promoting recycling. With our bottling partners, we employ more than 700,000 people, helping bring economic opportunity to local communities worldwide. Learn more at Coca-Cola Journey at www.coca-colacompany.com and follow us on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn.
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 $1 billion 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.