Coke bottler partners with Sedex to increase supply chain transparency

Will Green is news editor of Supply Management
22 May 2014

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22 May 2014 | Will Green

Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company (Coca-Cola HBC) has entered into a partnership with Sedex to improve transparency in its supply chain.

The drinks company will be using the Sedex platform to access supplier data, identify risks and “drive further improvements in responsible sourcing”.

Gary Brewster, operational sustainability and primary packaging director at Coca-Cola HBC, said: “Coca-Cola HBC understands that sustainable and responsible growth for our business goes hand in hand with a positive and open relationship with our suppliers, our communities and the world we live in. By increasing visibility throughout our supply chain Sedex will help us collaborate with our suppliers and ultimately ensure the long-term sustainability of our products and our business.”

Coca-Cola HBC is the world’s second largest bottler of Coca-Cola products, operating in 28 countries with sales of €6.9 billion (£5.56 billion) in 2013.

Carmel Giblin, Sedex CEO, said: “Working with Sedex will enable Coca-Cola HBC gain a better understanding of their supply chain and ensure that ethical and responsible standards are being met at every stage.”

Sedex, a non-profit organisation that provides a collaborative platform for supply chain data, has a membership of around 36,000 buyers, suppliers and audit companies.

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