2019 Annual Report
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We are committed to the wellbeing of our consumers in remote Indigenous communities and helping our customers grow their businesses sustainably in these locations.
At the same time, we are focused on reducing average sugar consumption for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities over time.
We continue to make investments in philanthropic and community development programs aimed at supporting Indigenous Australians via the Coca-Cola Australia Foundation, and allocate ten per cent of our national sponsorship programs to grassroots community programs for young Indigenous Australians. We’re also a member of Supply Nation – the largest national directory of verified Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses.
We continue to implement our wellbeing initiatives in remote Indigenous communities in respectful collaboration with our retail partners and their communities. Since 2015, this work has delivered a 20.9 per cent decrease in average weighted sugar per 100ml sold through our 134 partner stores.
This reduction in sugar was achieved through the reformulation of flavoured soft drinks to decrease the sugar content per 100ml, the successful launch of ‘No Sugar’ versions of our most popular soft drinks Coca-Cola, Fanta and Sprite, the overall consumer shift to water, and promotions and point-of-sale displays to incentivise the take-up of water, as well as low or no-sugar options.
We also work with our customers in remote Indigenous communities to establish recycling programs. For example, the Arnhem Land Progress Aboriginal Corporation (ALPA) has a recycling program in several of their remote stores where bottles and cans are collected and freighted back to Darwin to be recycled at Envirobank. We continue to explore opportunities to partner with remote communities to maximise the return of containers through state-based container deposit and return schemes.
Sponsorships and philanthropy in support of grassroots Indigenous programs
For several years now, our sponsorships of the National Rugby League and the Australian Football League have included a commitment to set aside ten per cent of sponsorship funds to support community programs targeting young Indigenous Australians. In addition, the Coca-Cola Australia Foundation, through its Employee-Connected Grants, also supports several Indigenous philanthropic and cultural organisations nominated by Amatil or Coca-Cola South Pacific employees. Together these initiatives have seen over $175,000 donated to Indigenous programs in 2019.
We believe in driving positive social, environmental and economic improvements in our supply chain, and work closely with our suppliers to achieve better sustainability outcomes, including by securing development and employment outcomes for Indigenous Australians. As a member of Supply Nation, we continue to look for ways to increase the use of goods and services in our operations provided by Indigenous suppliers. In 2019 we procured goods and services worth $260,795 from Indigenous suppliers.
We support grassroots programs for Indigenous youth empowerment through the AFL Michael Long Learning Leadership Centre in Darwin, and the NRL’s School-2-Work program, using sport to inspire students’ education and employment journeys. We also support other youth programs through the Coca-Cola Australia Foundation.
Coca-Cola Amatil was proud to support the 2019 Best Trainee Award, which recognises Indigenous trainees enrolled in a Retail Certificate with our partner, the Arnhem Land Progress Aboriginal Corporation (ALPA).
Education and training are crucial to empowering Indigenous people and to helping them build thriving communities. That’s why we were excited to join with ALPA in celebrating the achievements of inspiring members of the community through the Best Trainee Award. Elisha O’Shea from Horn Island won the accolade in 2019, from 122 Indigenous trainees. Having worked at the Horn Island store for three years, Elisha was recognised for her self-motivation and dedication to her retail role.
Coca-Cola Amatil has been partnering with ALPA since 2018, supplying their stores located across The Top End (Northern Territory), Cape York (Queensland) and the Torres Strait. ALPA is one of the largest independent employers of Aboriginal people in Australia. Their stores have provided quality retail services to remote communities for over 40 years. Their mission is to support health and choice for their customers.
Coca-Cola Amatil’s commitment to supporting Indigenous wellbeing is key to the success of our partnership with ALPA, with stores implementing wellbeing strategies collaboratively to ensure positive health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities.