ISLAMABAD: Coca-Cola Wednesday received the Governor’s Appreciation Certificate in recognition of company’s initiatives on environmental and social sustainability.

This certificate, the highest form of appreciation from the Governor’s office, was awarded in recognition of the company’s vision and its innovative approach to adopting principles of sustainability throughout its operations. Director Public Affairs & Stakeholder Management, Dr Faisal Hashmi received the award on behalf of the company.

The recognition is for the company’s initiatives on environmental and social sustainability as part of its portfolio for Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR), in particular to honour the company being the first to receive rPET approval, Pakistan’s first plastic road initiative that Punjab is adopting and being part of awareness building on plastic circularity.

“This recognition of our role as a thought leader reinforces our commitment to work cross-sectionally and streamline collections, as most of our bottling partner plants are located in Punjab province,” said Faisal Hashmi.

Coca-Cola has pledged to work towards recycling about 6000MT of plastic in 2024 and is working with the government and packaging alliance, CoRE, to formulate a regulatory path for Recycled Polyethylene Terephthalate (rPET).

This year, the company along with its partners, the Capital Development Authority (CDA) and National Incubation Centre (NIC), will mark the three-year anniversary of the first-ever plastic road of Pakistan. This 1 KM road, thrice as durable, was built in Islamabad under a public-private partnership, using 10,000 tonnes of recyclable plastic and demonstrating scalable ways to reuse un-recyclable plastic.

Coca-Cola received the Governor’s Appreciation Certificate at a ceremony in Lahore.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2024

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