At Coca-Cola ASEAN & South Pacific, we are working to create loved brands, done sustainably, towards a better shared future for people, communities, and our planet. 

The insights and feedback of stakeholders are critical to our work and are integrated into our strategy across all our business and ESG goals.

The following page provides details on our approach to partnerships and key stakeholders with whom we engage across the ASEAN and South Pacific region (Australia and New Zealand). For more details on our research principles visit Our Approach to Stakeholder Engagement and Research | The Coca-Cola Company

 

Bottling Partners 

We are a global business that operates on a local scale. We are able to create global reach with local focus because of the strength of the Coca-Cola system, which is comprised of our company and our bottling partners worldwide.

The primary way that our products reach the marketplace starts with The Coca-Cola Company, which manufactures and sells concentrates, beverage bases and syrups to bottling operations. Coca-Cola also owns the brands and is responsible for consumer brand marketing initiatives. Our bottling partners manufacture, package, merchandise and distribute final branded beverages to our customers and vending partners, who then sell our products to consumers.

All bottling partners work closely with customers – such as grocery stores, restaurants, street vendors, convenience stores, movie theatres and amusement parks, among others – to execute localized strategies developed in partnership with our company.  Further information can be found on our Coca-Cola System page.

In Coca-Cola ASEAN & South Pacific our bottling partners include,

 

Communities

Supporting local communities where we operate is part of our DNA. One of the ways this is done is through The Coca-Cola Foundation, our company's independent, international philanthropic arm. Since its inception in 1984, The global Foundation has awarded more than $1 billion USD in grants to support sustainable community initiatives. 

The Foundation’s focus areas include disaster relief, community recycling, water access and economic empowerment. In response to COVID-19, the Foundation has also recently increased charitable giving and donations. with donations made by the Coca-Cola system, when combined with independent contributions from The Coca-Cola Foundation, totalling more than $90 million USD in 2020. In 2021 The Foundation also provided $20 million to the COVID-19 Stop the Spread Fund.

The ASEAN & South Pacific Operating Unit is one of the most diverse in the Coca-Cola system. With a population of over 750 million people across 25 countries, we also support the needs of communities through four local philanthropic foundations including,

Beyond these independent philanthropic activities, the company engages communities through its core business, distribution model and supply chain, focusing on our ESG priority areas. Through its sustainable development initiatives, which includes water stewardship, community recycling and economic empowerment, the company strives to build sustainable and resilient communities across the 25 countries and territories in which we operate across ASEAN and South Pacific. To read more about Coca-Cola’s ESG priority areas, click here:  2020 Business & ESG Report.

 

Government and Political Engagement

Our purpose is to refresh the world and make a difference. We consider it our responsibility, to make our views clear to those who have the potential to impact the laws, regulations and policies that can influence our business. We believe that companies must engage with governments around the world and play a role in helping create the systemic change necessary to achieve a more inclusive society, sustainable economy and healthier planet. Our activities are compliant with all applicable laws, and our values including our Code of Business Conduct and Anti-bribery policy. We act responsibly in all of our political activities. Further details, including our oversight and compliance practices, can be found on our Political Engagement in the United States page.

 

Academics and experts 

Academics and experts advance societal understanding of factors relevant to our business including human health and wellbeing, product packaging and environmental stewardship. We engage with these stakeholders directly or via industry platforms to ensure we are aware of latest research and external perspectives that inform our business strategy. 

In all interactions we are guided by our policies including our Code of Business Conduct and Research Principles

 

Non-Government Organizations (NGOs)

We work together with NGOs to create meaningful partnerships that create shared opportunities for communities and people around the world. These partnerships across ASEAN and South Pacific are built on a ‘more than money’ approach where we strive to use our scale, resource and expertise to further support the growth and capacity of the organisations we partner with.

Globally, we are a partner of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and a proud signatory to the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment and a signatory to EMF plastic pacts in Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific islands region. 

We are also proud to support Coca-Cola’s global implementation partnership with The Ocean Cleanup in the ASEAN region, with its innovative Interceptor™ river cleanup technology to be deployed in four key markets, including Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia. This partnership also aims to engage industry and members of the public to help tackle plastic pollution, augmenting other marine waste and recycling partnerships across the region including with Circulate Capital, Plastic Bank and The Seabin Project

Globally, we have a 14-year, 50+ country partnership with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), whereby we have worked together on water replenishment, climate resilience, sustainable sourcing and preventing packaging waste. Across ASEAN and South Pacific, we partner with WWF in markets including Australia, Philippines and Vietnam. 

The insights from and engagement with NGOs inform and help deliver both business and ESG goals. Further information can be found on our global Partnerships page.

 

Peer Companies/ industry collaboration

Working together as an industry, including with peer companies is critical to further action across around sustainability goals including recycling and waste management, sustainable sourcing and climate resilience. 

  • We are proud to partner with our peer companies and government partners across ASEAN to launch organizations dedicated to increasing the collection and recycling of post-consumer packaging, known as Packaging Recovery Organizations (PROs). This includes Indonesia, where the industry coalition, PRAISE has a goal to reduce marine plastic by 70% by 2025, Malaysia and Vietnam. 
  • Coca-Cola has also joined the Plastic Pact, a network of local and regional cross-border initiatives which brings together key stakeholders to implement solutions towards a circular economy for plastic. This includes Malaysia and Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands where in 2021 we joined as a founding member of the ANZPAC Plastic Pact – the first time the region has come together to look at tackling the causes of plastic pollution.   
  • Together with seven of our peers, we were an inaugural investor in Circulate Capital, an investment firm dedicated to financing innovations that prevent plastic waste from entering oceans. The Circulate Capital Ocean Fund has raised over $100 million since its launch in 2019. 
  • In cooperation with our industry peers, we also participate in sugar reduction initiatives including Australia where together with industry peers we are part of the Australian Beverage Council sugar reduction pledge to reduce the sugar from our beverages sold by 25 per cent by 2025. 

 

Trade Associations

We are members of trade associations and organizations that represent a broad spectrum of views on industry and policy issues, such as,

  • Australia: Australian Beverages Council, Australian Food and Grocery Council and Australian Association of National Advertisers.
  • New Zealand:  New Zealand Beverage Council, New Zealand Food and Grocery Council and Association of New Zealand Advertisers
  • Malaysia: Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers
  • Indonesia: Indonesian Beverage Association, Indonesian Food & Beverage Association
  • Myanmar: Myanmar Food Producers and Exporters Association 
  • Thailand: Thai Beverage Industry Association, Federation of Thai Industries
  • Philippines: Philippine Chamber of Food Manufacturers
  • Vietnam: US ASEAN Business Council, Vietnam Associate of Beer, Wine and Beverage
  • Singapore: Singapore Food Manufacturing Federation

We are also members of the ASEAN Food and  Beverage Alliance, the American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM) in most markets where we operate and a member of Food Industry Asia (FIA), a regional association in which our ASEAN & South Pacific Operating Unit President Claudia Lorenzo currently serves as president.