Coca-Cola joins UNDP to provide clean water for communities

11 Jun 2004

Ha Noi - The Coca-Cola Company today joined the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in an effort to provide “Clean Water for Communities in Viet Nam”. The project will help improve the access to clean water of selected rural communes in Hai Duong, Hung Yen, Ha Tay, Lang Son, Tuyen Quang and Tra Vinh provinces. Coca-Cola will provide funds to UNDP on a cost-sharing basis towards implementation of the project, which will promote community action for promotion and access to clean water through local self-help groups.

“The work is very much in support of both the Vietnamese Government’s policy on improving living standards in rural areas, and the local communities own ongoing work to improve the lives of their poor,” said Mr Jordan Ryan, UNDP Resident Representative in Viet Nam. ”This initiative marks an initial but important step of a partnership between Coca-Cola and UNDP to support development work in Viet Nam.”

Mr Ryan added that collaborating with, and the contributions of, the international and local business community are key for countries to reach the Millennium Development Goals.

UNDP has worked with Coca-Cola on a global and regional basis as well, and their support here in Viet Nam to the priority issue of clean water for communities demonstrates the company’s corporate commitment to aspects of human development as part of their corporate social responsibility.

Mr Syed Safawi, Region Manager- Indochina, Coca-Cola Southeast Asia, Inc. said: “We are really proud of partnering with UNDP in this project. By contributing to such we want to support the Government to address the shortage of clean water and to improve the living standards of remote rural communities.”

The involvement of the Coca-Cola Viet Nam in this project is part of the Company’s citizenship initiatives in Viet Nam, which include the Coca-Cola Learning Center programme with the establishment of 40 computer-equipped Coca-Cola Learning Centers in 33 cities and provinces throughout the country; the Green-Evergreen Planet environmental awareness contest for schoolchildren organized with the Young Pioneer newspaper; the Pushcart Programme in partnership with Viet Nam Women’s Union to provide sustainable livelihoods for disadvantaged women in Ha Noi and Ho Chi Minh City; and timely emergency aid for disaster-hit communities in the Mekong Delta.

“This initiative opens the door for more public-private partnerships of this nature,” Mr Ryan said. “Such efforts, between the people of Viet Nam and the private sector and UNDP, will improve the environment and help ensure a better quality of life for people throughout Viet Nam.”

Contact Information

Huynh Thi My Tien, Corporate Citizenship Manager
Coca-Cola Southeast Asia, Inc.,
phone 08-8226494
Or
Nguyen Viet Lan, UNDP Public Information Assistant
phone 9421495 (ext 186)