Our overarching commitment to Indigenous Australia focuses on partnering to make a difference. In 2016, Coca-Cola Amatil commenced development of a Reconciliation Action Plan, which will be submitted to Reconciliation Australia for approval in 2017.
Through the Coca-Cola Australia Foundation Employee Connected grants, we support organisations inspiring moments of happiness and possibilities, including to young Indigenous Australians:
- Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience aimed at ending Indigenous education inequality
-The Clontarf Foundation, engaging Indigenous youth in education and employment
- Aboriginal Literacy Foundation for Aboriginal women and girls
- Birrang Enterprise Development ‘Moving Forward’ driver licensing program
-Kimberley Group Training Hospitality’s ‘Unlocking the potential of Future Stars’ training program
- First Hand Aboriginal Corporation Indigenous Youth Cultural Leadership seminar
- National Rugby League Cowboys House Accelerated Learning Program.
In addition to CCAF Employee Connected grants, Coca-Cola Amatil’s Businesses supported a range of initiatives with Indigenous Australians:
- Grinders Coffee and Voyages Hotel Ayers Rock launched an indigenous trainee program, supporting aspiring baristas in the Uluru region with training and education to further their coffee careers
- SPC’s sponsorship of Ganbina, Australia's most successful Indigenous School-to-Work transition program. Ganbina's aim is to empower Indigenous communities to achieve true social and economic equality with other Australians within the next two generations. SPC has sponsored the Year 10 Leadership program since 2015 and also contributes through volunteering, attendance at careers days and events
- IBIS Award: Coca-Cola Amatil is committed to working proactively with our customers serving remote Indigenous communities to help them strengthen their businesses while delivering a low-kilojoule range to customers. This includes The Islanders Board of Industry & Service (Torres Strait Islands), Mai Wiru (APY lands in north western South Australia, Northern Territory and Western Australia) and Outback Stores (Northern Territory). For this commitment Coca-Cola Amatil has been regularly recognised by The Islander Board of Industry & Service in its annual awards as a ‘Supplier of the Year’
- Three-year partnership between SPC and Ganbina, supporting the Year 10 Leadership Program, seasonal employment, mentoring, volunteering and in Ganbina events including careers nights
- SPC continued support for SPC Kids Town, a local playground and picnic facility in Mooroopna covering more than 8 hectares of playground equipment, mazes, train rides, picnic facilities, gardens and function centres.
By working closely with an increasing number of retailers and buying groups servicing remote Indigenous communities, together we can drive changes in consumption behaviour. Importantly, we aim to drive profitable growth in this segment while shifting the mix to low- and no-kilojoule products. This will help ensure the community stores are sustainable businesses and drive better long-term health outcomes.