Coca Cola

Company Score

Industry Food, Beverage & Tobacco
Country United States
Year Added 2018
Impact Ratings 2556
Impact Notes 34
SDG Covered 12 out of 17

Read about Coca-Cola and its impact below.

The Coca-Cola Co. is the nonalcoholic beverage company, which manufactures, markets, and sells non-alcoholic beverages which include sparkling soft drinks, water, enhanced water and sports drinks, juice, dairy and plant-based beverages, tea and coffee and energy drinks. Its brands include Coca-Cola, Diet Coke, Coca-Cola Zero, Fanta, Sprite and many more. Founded in 1892 the company now employees 62,000 people worldwide.

Impact notes

Affordable and Clean Energy

Coca-Cola's total energy usage in 2019 was 11,758 million megajoules (3,266,388 million kWh)

Profile Sunny Dutt Sharma
Icon time Mon Dec 14th, 2020 at 1:52pm

Fossil fuels are recognized as one the primary source for energy derivation4. In 2019, around 158,839 TWh of energy was consumed worldwide, of which 53,620 TWh (33.76%) of the power was derived from oil, followed by coal 43,849 TWh (27.61%) and gas 39,292 TWh (24.74%)4.This makes fossil fuels to account for approximately 84% of the world’s total power usage4.

Life on Land

Sprite's supplier is responsible for the deforestation of 3,000 ha of native forest in Argentina

Profile Nadia Hussain
Icon time Wed Nov 11th, 2020 at 9:13am

Forest covers the world's 4.2 billion ha of land, but this is vanishing at a disturbing rate1. Argentina has a total forest area of 26,518,400 ha, i.e., 0.63% of world forest area1. Argentina has lost 4,050,00 hectares of forest from 2002 to 20192. The loss is of almost 7.0% total tree cover2. In the same time frame, there was a decrease in 91% of the total area of primary forest2.  

Good Health and Well-being

Coca-Cola’s sparkling water Topo Chico found with the highest concentration of PFAS in the industry

Profile Surbhi Kohli
Icon time Wed Nov 11th, 2020 at 6:38am

Poly-and perfluoroalkyl substances or PFAS are the chemicals used in food packaging and firefighting foams1. PFAS don’t completely break down and are also referred to as forever chemicals9. They accumulate and remain persistent in the human body as well as the environment1. The potential health effects caused by PFAS include liver lesions, kidney degeneration, hormone disruption, immunosuppression, among others2.

No Poverty

Coca-Cola’s ‘Meetha Sona Unnati’ helped Indian farmers increase their sugarcane yield by 25%

Profile Surbhi Kohli
Icon time Mon Nov 9th, 2020 at 11:22am

According to the Indian Agriculture And Allied Industries Industry report, nearly 58% of the Indian population earn their livelihood through the agriculture6. In 2018-19, India was the largest producer of sugar in the world5. However, sugarcane farming in the country is highly water dependent7. With limited irrigation facilities, the crop yield is often affected by the tropical country's erratic weather, which increases the financial strain on the farmers with already low-income7.

Life on Land

The Coca-Cola foundation helped replenish 12.85 million m3 of water in Danube Basin

Profile Harihar K
Icon time Mon Nov 9th, 2020 at 9:51am

Wetlands are important biologically diverse ecosystems that improve the water quality, reduce coastal storm damage, provide habitat to wildlife, and help biodiversity thrive1. Wetlands include lakes, peat bogs, marshes, and rivers2. Since 1900, the world has lost almost 64% of its wetlands2.