In September 2019, the NBC manufacturing plant in Ikeja, Lagos was presented with the prestigious ‘Alliance for Water Stewardship' (AWS) Gold Certification. The Ikeja plant now holds the record of the first site in Africa to receive this certification.

The certification recognizes NBC Ikeja manufacturing plant's responsible use of freshwater in a socially, economically and environmentally beneficial way.

The certification was presented by Control Union, Ghana, a global organization made up of members from leading businesses, non-profits, public sector agencies and academic institutions, following a thorough audit of the plants processes. 

Presenting the award to Nigerian Bottling Company Limited, the Managing Director of Control Union Ghana, Ransford Nyarko noted that getting AWS certified follows a rigorous process, following a series of actions, criteria, and indicators relating to the management of water, both in a factory and outside the boundaries of a site. “NBC has achieved five key criteria stipulated for the certification including Good Water Governance, Sustainable Water Balance, Good Water Quality, Protecting Important Water-Related Sources and Safe water, Sanitation and Hygiene for All”, he stated.

Receiving the certification, the Manufacturing Operations Director for Lagos and West, Nigerian Bottling Company (NBC) Limited, Mr. Soni Alok stated that NBC is pleased with the recognition of the company’s extensive efforts to promote water sustainability. According to him, these efforts are line with the Coca‑Cola Hellenic Bottling Company Group’s 2025 sustainability commitments.

Citing an example of such efforts, he revealed that today all NBC plants have installed Effluent Treatment Plants which ensure that waste water from plant operations is treated to be fit for discharge back into the environment, without any negative ecological impact.