Coca-Cola awards $8.8m in community grants The Coca-Cola Foundation - the global philanthropic arm of the Coca-Cola Company - awarded US$8.8 million (Bt278 million) in grants to 66 community organisations worldwide during the second quarter of 2013.
The latest grants support the foundation's focus areas of enhancing well-being, building strong communities and protecting the environment. Between April and June, $1.9 million was directed to physical activity and well-being programmes; $4.6 million to local priorities that include education, community improvement and other social well-being programs; and $2.3 million to water stewardship, recycling and environmental programmes.
"The Coca-Cola Foundation is committed to addressing the needs of the communities in the 200-plus countries where we operate," said Lisa M Borders, chairperson of the Coca-Cola Foundation and vice president of Global Community Connections for the Coca-Cola Company. "These organisations are creating the type of change needed to improve people's lives, build sustainable communities and enhance our environment for future generations."
Since its inception, the Coca-Cola Foundation has awarded more than $500 million in grants to support global sustainable community initiatives.
More manufacturers opting for Tetra Recart
More than 130 brands in over 50 markets are currently selling foods in Tetra Recart packages, and this number is growing every day. More and more retailers are finding the benefits of super-high shelf impact and significant
logistics efficiencies the package offers.
Large retailers such as Sainsbury's, ASDA, COOP and Safeway are enjoying the convenience, natural image and branding possibilities that Tetra Recart brings. Thanks to a positive consumer acceptance, companies are now packing a wide variety of food such as vegetables, beans, tomatoes, soups, sauces and pet foods in Tetra Recart packages and categories
are continually expanding.
One main reason for this high growth is that retailers find Tetra Recart to be the perfect promoter for their brand.With the advantage of being able to print graphics and messages on all sides, the packages create an eye-catching display without staff needing to spend time turning them
to face consumers.
Tetra Recart offers immediate cost savings as its rectangular shape saves up to 40 per cent on soughtafter shelf space. Easy to open trays and smart secondary packaging solutions cut down on in-store handling time, while the high number of packs per pallet increases transport efficiency.
As Christina Hemlin, European Sourcing Manager at the Swedish ICA chain explains: "Cartons are an effective product throughout the chain, from transport and storage to displaying them on the shelves in store. They also lead to a reduction in damaged goods."
The lightweight, space-efficient packaging benefits retailers throughout the supply chain. More products are filled into less packaging materials, then transported far more efficiently, cutting down on carbon dioxide emissions. For instance, it's possible to fit 18 per cent more packages on a pallet.
An added argument for conscious consumers is that Tetra Recart is based on FSC certified paperboard, a natural, renewable resource that has a minimal impact on the environment. The FSC certificate proves that the paperboard comes from forests that are well managed according to strict environmental, social and economic standards.
Several Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) studies in markets such as the US, Germany, France, Sweden and United Kingdom have shown that Tetra Recart has a significantly lower (50-70 per cent) carbon footprint than competing packaging systems like tins and glass jars. This is another strong argument for using the package throughout the supply chain,
where more customers and retailers put stricter climate targets.
"Our surveys show that when consumers start to use carton packages, they remain loyal. They soon realise that these packages are easy to carryvhome, easier to store, easier to open and easier to rinse out and recycle," Thomas Leth, retail manager at Tetra Pak, said.
Esso sponsors 33rd marine camp
Esso, in cooperation with Chulalongkorn University's Marine Science Club, sponsored the 33rd
marine science camp to boost awareness of marine conservation among the youth.
Mongkolnimit Auacherdkul, the company's director and manager of Public and Government Affairs, presented a Bt100,000 cheque for the seven-day camp, in which students are taught the need conserve marine life along the coast of Thailand.
This year's camp included a day of lectures about marine ecological issues and solutions, a field trip to Siam Ocean World,water-testing experiments, scuba diving and mangrove planting atChanthaburi's Kung Krabaen Bay Royal Development Study Centre.
Esso has been supporting the camp since 1980.
Siemens sets high standards
Climate change is one of humanity's greatest challenges and to counteract it in the future, energy must be generated and utilised in an environmentally friendly way. Technological innovations play a key role in increasing the efficiency of power generation, transmission and consumption as well as avoiding greenhouse gas emissions.
Siemens makes a substantial contribution to environmental protection with its energy-efficient
products and solutions and its renewable energy and environmental technologies.
Products and solutions installed by Siemens for its customers between 2002 and 2007 that are still in use today reduce CO2 emissions by 114 million metric tons per year. The volume of carbon dioxide emissions saved through the use of Siemens products is more than 20 times higher than Siemens' own emissions.
Siemens had also set itself a target of reducing its own carbon dioxide emissions by 20 per cent (in relation to revenue). In addition, the company is involved in various climate protection initiatives around the world. It is a member of the "Business for Climate Protection" initiative sponsored by the Federation of German Industries (BDI) as well as the US Climate Action Partnership, and the Clinton Climate Initiative, to name a few.