Submitted by: Coca-Cola HBC
Posted: Dec 01, 2010 – 10:00 AM EST
ATHENS, Dec. 01 /CSRwire/ - Coca-Cola Hellenic Estonia has been declared Estonia's most socially responsible company for 2010 in a nationwide assessment of businesses and organisations committed to social, environmental and economical responsibility in their behaviour.
The company, a member of the Coca-Cola Hellenic Group which has operations in 28 countries, was recognised for its efforts to incorporate Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) into every aspect of its activities, and in particular for its assistance in helping former employees find new jobs in a difficult economic climate.
Acknowledgment of the company's efforts was accorded by the non-governmental organisation The Responsible Business Forum, the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications, the Estonian Business School and the Estonian business daily newspaper Äripäev which annually compiles a CSR Index with partial funding from the European Commission.
"We are greatly encouraged by being chosen the winner in this year's Index," said Mr. Gordon Fyfe, Public Affairs and Communication Manager, Coca-Cola Hellenic Baltics. "By embedding CSR into the core of our business, we seek to not only make our business sustainable but also contribute to the sustainability of the communities we serve.
"It is our hope that our efforts, as well as those of all who participated in this year's CSR Index, will help to inspire others throughout Estonia to incorporate social responsibility in their businesses and operations."
A total of 55 companies submitted questionnaires on their activities to the 2010 CSR Index. Other participants included two city governments, one non-profit organisation and Estonian Public Broadcasting (ERR). Runners-up to Coca-Cola Hellenic Estonia were Swedbank and Eesti Energia.
Each of the entrants which achieved a score of at least 70% in the questionnaire are entitled to use the official CSR quality label for one year.
Marko Siller, Project Manager, CSR Index, announced that, in order to build on the activities of participants in the CSR Index, the results, conclusions and best examples will be discussed at a roundtable seminar to be held at the Estonian Business School (EBS) on 15 December.
Full CSR Index rankings can be viewed at http://www.csr.ee/
About Coca-Cola Hellenic
Coca-Cola Hellenic is one of the world's largest bottlers of products of The Coca-Cola Company with sales of more than two billion unit cases, and 560 million customers buying its products annually. The company offers a diverse range of ready-to-drink non-alcoholic beverages in the sparkling, juice, juice drinks, water, sport, energy, tea and coffee categories. Coca-Cola Hellenic is committed to promoting sustainable development in order to create value for its business and for society. This includes providing products that meet the beverage needs of consumers, fostering an open and inclusive work environment and conducting business in ways that protect and preserve the environment and contribute to the socio-economic development of our local communities. Coca-Cola Hellenic's shares are listed on the Athens Exchange (ATHEX: EEEK), with a secondary listing on the London Stock Exchange (LSE: CCB). Coca-Cola Hellenic's American Depositary Receipts (ADRs) are listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: CCH). Coca-Cola Hellenic is included in the Dow Jones Sustainability and FTSE4Good Indexes. For more information on Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company Ireland, its products, people and commitment to sustainable business please visit www.coca-colahellenic.com.
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