Engaging Partners

International Coastal Cleanup Sponsoring Partner: Coca-Cola

The Coca-Cola Company has a vision: a world where their packaging is no longer seen as waste, but as a valuable resource for future use.

Coca-Cola volunteers - Photo: Paul Connor / Ocean Conservancy

The Coca-Cola Company has supported Ocean Conservancy's International Coastal Cleanup for the past 18 years. Last year, Coca-Cola activated a globabl employee engagement campaign to encourage participation in the Cleanup. More than 16,000 Coca-Cola system associates, their friends and family in 21 countries volunteered, cleaning more than 250 miles of coastline.

"The International Coastal Cleanup is a unique event because it allows our employees around the world to simultaneously engage on a single day and in support of a single cause," says April Crow, global director of sustainable packaging. "We're able to activate our employees on a local level, but they are really contributing to a global cause."

Because Coca-Cola has a presence in more than 200 countries worldwide, the company has been able to help expand the Cleanup's reach by identifying new Cleanup Coordinators and site locations.

Coca-Cola is also working on innovations like the company's new ECOCYCLE™ brand initiative—created in partnership with recording artist will.i.am—that develops new consumer products using recycled materials.

In 2011, Coca-Cola joined Ocean Conservancy's Trash Free Seas Alliance® as a founding member. Coca-Cola's goal is to leverage resources—both human and financial—to collaborate on research and solutions with other leaders from the industry, nonprofit and academic sectors.

If your company is interested in becoming a Sponsoring Partner of the International Coastal Cleanup, please download our corporate sponsorship booklet and email us at corporategiving@oceanconservancy.org.

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