Amidst hundreds of nominations from companies in India, Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages Pvt. Ltd (HCCB) won the Bureaucracy Today CSR Excellence Award 2017 under the category of Women Empowerment. The award recognizes HCCB’s efforts in training 50,000 women to help them become economically independent. HCCB is one of India’s largest FMCG companies and it uses its infrastructure, resources and supply chain to train women in areas like digital literacy, retail skills, basic IT, Tally, English speaking, personality development and job readiness. It also supports education of women on farming methods like Ultra High Density Plantation. Partners like NIIT Foundation, Jain Irrigation and AA Edutech and others have supported HCCB in this endeavour. HCCB also engages with Self Help Groups (SHGs) who come together for a collective decision of starting a small scale business by generation of funds through mutual savings.
Accepting the award, Mr. Umesh Malik, Vice President, Public Affairs, Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages, said, “Our goal is to align our business interests to the wellbeing of the communities where we operate. The company is focused on creating “shared value” in three critical areas – water, women and community wellbeing. We are happy that communities and civil society are seeing value in what we bring to the table. Your appreciation gives us the motivation to continue the drive”.
The award was presented at a function at Le Meridien, Delhi by Shri Bandaru Dattatreya, Hon’ble Union Minister for Labour & Employment, Govt of India. Several dignitaries, celebrities, opinion makers and corporate leaders were present at the event.
About Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages Pvt Ltd
Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages Pvt. Ltd, is one of India’s largest FMCG manufacturing and distribution companies. It is responsible for the manufacture, package, sale and distribution of beverages under the trademarks of The Coca-Cola Company. The Company owns and operates 21 factories. It also sources from and supports 11 contract packers’ plants. A network of 4,000 distributors and 2 million retail outlets distribute the high quality, great tasting beverages manufactured by Hindustan Coca-Cola.
The Company has always placed high value on good citizenship and to that end, is supporting communities by enhancing skills of rural youth through Career Development Centre, improving the lives of communities around its bottling plant by very focused intervention in the areas of access to safe drinking water, sanitation and promoting sustainable agriculture through Integrated Watershed Management Projects under Public-Private-Community partnerships.