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The Mexican Coca-Cola Industry (IMCC) promotes access to clean water

The Mexican Coca-Cola Industry (IMCC) has a transparent commitment to water, for which each of its production plants seeks to positively impact the communities and their surroundings.

This through daily and consistent work to improve the quality and quantity of water in Mexico, as well as the restoration of ecosystems and the modernization of infrastructure.

A commitment made

“Our commitment to water has been clear for more than 95 years that the IMCC has been operating in Mexico. In addition, at Coca-Cola Mexico we have a global strategy, in which, together with our bottlers (eight in Mexico), we actively work to return 100% of the water we use to make our products to nature,” said Sergio Londoño, director of Public Affairs, Communication and Sustainability of Coca-Cola Mexico.

The IMCC assumes as its own the Sustainable Development Goals embodied in the 2030 Agenda of the United Nations Organization (UN), especially in the sense that it is currently a priority to promote access to clean water to achieve the well-being and development of the communities.

“We have the great goal in Mexico of promoting access to clean water for one million Mexicans by 2030, and we are already achieving this through water access programs in the communities where we operate,” explained Londoño.

With the support of the Coca-Cola Mexico Foundation, the IMCC implements programs for the conservation of bodies of water such as springs, rivers and lakes. Additionally, it participates in the construction of roofs and water catchment pots, community cisterns, treatment plants and purification plants.

Reforestation and wetland projects

This type of catchment, in addition to generating jobs, has a positive impact on forest recovery.

“Since 2007 we have planted more than 80 million trees in Mexico, a historic figure that has also been an example for the entire world and a source of pride for the IMCC and the communities where we operate,” added Londoño.

Through a tripartite collaboration between civil organizations, private initiative and government authorities, the IMCC has managed to multiply efforts to execute these projects for the benefit of marginalized communities in the country.

Last year the IMCC invested 170 million in the construction of four wetlands, which through ornamental plants process urban water from the communities.

The first of them was inaugurated in 2021 in Cihuatlán, Jalisco. Wetlands have the capacity to return an average of between 3 and 5 million liters of clean water per day, for reuse in production processes.

The context of water in Mexico

The tasks carried out by the IMCC take place in a context of between 12.5 and 15 million inhabitants who do not have access to drinking water in Mexico, according to the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), which is equivalent to approximately 10% of the country population.

And according to data from the National Water Commission (Conagua), the agricultural sector represents 76% of water consumption, 14.4% is for domestic use, 4.7% for thermoelectric plants and only 4% is used in the industrial sector. , while the rest goes to service and agribusiness.

Finally, Sergio Londoño emphasized that the IMCC is committed to taking care of the water. “It is a vital resource and from the company we are committed to its conservation; and we work so that there is always water.”

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