Bottlers Nepal Limited and its subsidiary have been striving to create lasting positive impacts on the communities it proudly serves, actively leveraging partnerships with communities, Civil Society and Government agencies. The Company works on various locally relevant initiations on Water Replenishment/Conservation, Packaging Waste Recovery, Women Empowerment, Youth Empowerment and Energy Usage Reduction; to name a few.
Water quality and availability are key to our business. As we work to establish a more water-sustainable business on a global scale, we have focused water stewardship efforts on the areas where we can have the greatest impact, including improving water-use efficiency and reuse, managing waste water, mitigating water risks and replenishing the water we use in our finished beverages. In Nepal, through an integrated water resource management approach, the projects we are involved in promote wise use and management of water during production, for households and agriculture while replenishing ground water that will be done through interventions such as, rain water harvesting in urban areas, spring source conservation and conservation of rivers/ponds. In addition, the Company has been working with Schools on WASH programs, with a belief that Safe water, Sanitation and hygiene (WASH) in schools improve health, boost educational achievement, promote gender equity and has a positive impact on communities. With an aim to create a better learning environment in schools and assist young children become agents of change in our society, the initiatives have been focusing on uplifting schools to support in reducing absenteeism and girl child dropout rate.
Coca-Cola is driving various recycling and reuse initiatives across the world and with a global commitment for a “World Without Waste”; the Company has pledged to collect and recycle the equivalent of 100 percent of its packaging worldwide by 2030. The company is rigorously working to identify diverse projects on innovative waste management solution, as deemed relevant in different countries. In 2014, Bottlers Nepal Limited along with partners initiated Nepal’s first legal, responsible and environment friendly PET bottle recollection initiative in Kathmandu, “PET Bottle Recycling Social Enterprise”; which contributes to a cleaner environment through an efficient and responsible mechanism for collection and disposal of used PET bottles in Kathmandu. This initiative has created and will continue creating sustainable number of green jobs for disadvantaged women, improve the livelihood of thousands of waste workers and contribute towards cleaner environment of Nepal. In 2019, a similar project has been established in Chitwan, for PET bottle recovery from outside the valley. In addition, through diverse partnerships, particularly with a lead taken by Nepal government, the company has been a part of successful initiations such as declaration of Nepal’s first national park, Chitwan National Park as a plastic free zone and the launch of Everest clean-up campaign (#CleanOurPride).
The “5by20” initiative aims to empower women entrepreneurs across the Company’s global value chain. In Nepal, business skills training known as the ‘Shopkeeper Training and Resources (STAR)’ is imparted to Nepali women retailers in various parts of the country. The program aims to invest in women and provide women retailers with the skills, techniques and tools required to succeed in the dynamic retail setup of Nepal. Moreover, Bottlers Nepal invests in women as a cross-cutting sector across all company priorities.
Bottlers Nepal, at both its plants, strives every day to ensure it outshines its own benchmark to ensure responsible energy usage is opted at all times. The company perseveres by investing in new technologies and through several other initiatives, such as improvement of Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) equipment, detection and repair of leakages, saving of hot water, improvement of boiler and chiller efficiencies and by progressively replacing bulbs and light sources in our plants by LED lights.