Sustainable development is about meeting the needs of today without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.
Today, we are all still far from achieving this. Issues like climate change and water scarcity are growing increasingly urgent. Everyone must learn to play their part to help solve these issues. The private sector has a particularly important role, offering innovation, investment and business expertise. By working together with government bodies, NGOs and communities, businesses can help tackle the challenges facing us all.
At the Nigerian Bottling Company Ltd (NBC), we aim to contribute to sustainable development. We work to reduce our environmental impacts and invest in our communities. We work in partnerships, helping to provide potable water, increase recycling and promote healthy active lifestyles, for example, the funding of Alkem Nigeria Limited, a local Polyester Staple Fibre (PSF) production company, to collect and recycle used PET packages across the country. We are also working to minimise the environmental impacts of our own operations.
This is not altruism; it benefits our business, too. By reducing the environmental impacts of our own operations - the amount of water, energy and packaging used to produce each beverage, for example – we are making our business more efficient. This reduces our costs in the short term, as well as risks to our long-term business growth.
Through our sustainability initiatives, we are unleashing our own capacity for innovation. Our programmes are earning us a reputation for leadership and our employees tell us that they are proud to work at NBC.