The Coca-Cola hosted Gina McCarthy, the administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency, to a round table discussion meeting on sustainability and public partnerships in Ghana.

Host of the round table was President of the Coca-Cola Africa Foundation, Dr. Susan Mboya, and the meeting was also attented by Rodrigue Bila, Country Manager for Coca-Cola Equatorial Africa; Don Dussey, Senior Public Affairs & Communications Manager for the Western Islands and the Mid-Africa Franchise; PAC managers from the bottling partners Coca-Cola Beverage Africa and Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Ghana; the head of the Environmental Protection Agency in Ghana; representatives from United States Agency For International Development USAID-Ghana; representatives from Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP); representatives from the NGO "Global Communities" as well as representatives from Water Health International and DOW Chemicals.

Don Dussey outlined the three main sustainability initiatives in Ghana, namely women empowerment( empowering 5 million women by the 2020 in the world)  (5by20), water and sanitation through our, Replenish Africa Initiative, and RAIN, , Safe Water for Africa,( SWA) and the Water and Development Alliance  (WADA) programs as well as the donation of medical equipment to several hospitals every year.

He highlighted Coca-Cola's investment in Ghana, saying that "the Coca-Cola Company in Ghana alone has heavily invested over USD 6,000,000 in water; economically empowered over 4,400 women and donated 2 forty-foot containers worth USD 600,000 yearly to hospitals since 2011."

On her part, the guest of honor, Administrator McCarthy underlined the need for building public trust and said that people do not trust water quality even though it may be safe and this in turn leads to the need for proper certification. She also engaged in, such as public private partnerships for women and youth economic empowerment, water and the strengthening of Ghana's health facilities to foster development. 

Don Dussey presents highlights to Susan Mboya, President of TCCAF, and Gina McCarthy, U.S. EPA Administrator.

Participants at the round table meeting on sustainability.

She also emphasized the importance of making monitoring data public in order to boost the community’s trust and confidence in the quality of the water they are getting.

She said, "We need to create fundamental and transparent system data that can be shared with the public and also amplify our success so everyone will know."

The discussion resulted in the following key action points:

  • The need for a third party certification
  • Partnerships through advocacy
  • Monitoring and setup of a transparent database
  • Communication and sharing of best practices.

At the end, the host requested the Coca-Cola team in Ghana to organize a forum where ideas could be shared and plans be made on how best to advance the Sustainable Development Goals through sustainability initiatives and public private partnerships.