“Creating a strong business and building a better world,” wrote Bill Ford, “are not conflicting goals - they are both essential ingredients for long-term success.” As a business, our stakeholders form critical pillars of our operations and philosophy. We believe that these stakeholders – customers, employees, government, regulators and investors – are the reason why, for over six decades, we have continued to delight and refresh millions of Nigerians who trust us as their No1 beverage brand. We do not take this for granted.
“Creating a strong business and building a better world,” wrote Bill Ford, “are not conflicting goals - they are both essential ingredients for long-term success.”
As a business, our stakeholders form critical pillars of our operations and philosophy. We believe that these stakeholders – customers, employees, government, regulators and investors – are the reason why, for over six decades, we have continued to delight and refresh millions of Nigerians who trust us as their No1 beverage brand. We do not take this for granted.
This is why we have continued to invest in critical sectors of the Nigerian economy, build and finance people-oriented interventions and support critical socio-economic and environmental programmes that affirm our commitment to the Triple Bottom-line – people, planet and profit.
Within the last four years, our business transformation and optimization strategy, which was launched in 2015, has resulted in a significant growth in our Production Lines, with significant impact on the Nigerian economy. This includes massive investments worth over five hundred million Euros (Euro 500m) for the massive expansion and upgrade of some key plants including Asejire, Ikeja, Abuja, Owerri, Challawa, Maiduguri, Port Harcourt, and Benin resulting in increased total production capacity.
With a massive expansion drive, our business strategy has seen us invest hundreds of millions of dollars in our Nigeria operations leading up to 2020.
With 8 production plants across Nigeria, we employ about 2,700 Full-Time Direct employees, supported by approximately 7,000 dealers and we indirectly contribute to the livelihood of over 15 million people in Nigeria
In 2016, NBC represented 21.97% of Nigeria’s Foreign Direct Investment, according to the National Bureau of Statistics.
NBC has invested $973 million in Nigeria over 5 years (2012-2019) with an additional investment of $500 million between 2016 and 2020.
Our Plants: Our Environment
Our adherence to best practices not only shines throughout our production processes, it is also evident in our attitude to our operating environment. Hence, we have provided effluent treatment facilities at all NBC plants nationwide.
These efforts have been globally recognized. For example, the Nigerian Bottling Company (NBC) recently became the first bottling plant in Africa to be awarded the prestigious Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) certification. For us, this is a major achievement for Coca‑Cola HBC, given that NBC is not only the first organization in Nigeria, but also the first Coca‑Cola bottling plant in Africa to be certified under the AWS global water stewardship programme.
In addition, most of our plants are now being powered using renewable energy sources. With our combined heat and power plant, we have been able to reduce our amount of carbon foot print drastically, as is obtained in other developed countries.
Food and Beverage Recycling Alliance (FBRA)
We continue to serve as active members of the Food and Beverage Recycling Alliance – a coalition of responsible and forward-looking companies united by a shared concern for the environment and a commitment to collaborate with all stakeholders to build a sustainable recycling economy for food and beverage packaging waste. Endorsed by the Association of Food, Beverage and Tobacco Employers (AFBTE), the mission of the alliance aims to foster industry partnership and engagement in its role as the food and beverage sector’s Producer Responsibility Organization (PRO).
Innovation has always been a critical lifeline for our business. We continue to listen closely to our customers to understand their preferences and how to deliver the refreshment they need in a way they can conveniently access it.
In line with this, we launched two exciting new variants of Schweppes. The two variants are Schweppes Chapman and Schweppes Mojito. These innovations continue to build the credentials of Schweppes as a truly premium brand.
There have also been some developments in our packaging. In 2019, we renewed our focus on strengthening the role of glass bottles in packaging across our carbonated soft drinks. This refocus allows even more consumers to access our products at an unbeatable price, with the added advantage of reducing the use of PET bottles.
The Coca‑Cola System operates under the basic philosophy that “Our business is only as sustainable as the communities in which we operate. Consequently, the company invests in programmes and partnerships that help build better communities around the world by promoting inclusive and sustainable development. Our initiatives in Nigeria include:
Under the 5by20 programme, to tackle the barriers that prevent women entrepreneurs from succeeding in the marketplace, the system continues to partner with the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund (LSETF) to empower 1,000 women in Lagos state with trainings in financial literacy and business skills, as well as start-up capital to enable their establishment as entrepreneurs.
In 2019, we continue to take our Youth Empowered programme, to more states across Nigeria. Youth Empowered is our flagship programme for Nigerian youth. It trains young people to build life skills, business skills and long-lasting networks to facilitate their building of sustainable businesses or their successful transitioning to gainful employment. Just last month, we reached over 500 youth with the programme in Abeokuta.
Recently, we announced our role on Project Last Mile (PLM) a partnership with the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA), the Lagos State government, the Lagos State Primary Health Care Board, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) and the Coca‑Cola Company. On this project, our cold equipment technical team is providing training, cold chain standardization, repair and maintenance, preventative service to reduce vaccine waste in Lagos state health facilities.
From our remarkable strides in Environmental and Water Stewardship to investments in Human Capital (Youth/Women Empowerment), Education and Health, NBC continues to lead the charge as an exemplary corporate citizen.