The Coca-Cola Company has announced that it awarded grants totaling $8.8 million in the second quarter of 2013 to advance sustainable communities around the world.
Made through the Coca-Cola Foundation, grants were awarded to sixty-six community organizations, with $1.9 million directed to physical activity and well-being programs; $4.6 million to local priorities, including education, community improvement, and other social well-being initiatives; and $2.3 million to water stewardship, recycling, and environmental projects. Recipients include the John Tung Foundation in Taiwan, which was awarded $120,000 for its 2013 Rope Skipping for Healthy Lifestyles program; the World Wide Fund for Nature – Pakistan, which received $99,998 to improve sub-watershed management and environmental awareness in the Ayubia National Park region; Fundacion Galapagos Ecuador, which was awarded $30,000 for its Galapagos coastal and submarine clean-up program; and the Clontarf Foundation in Australia, which received $103,000 for its Engaging Aboriginal Boys in Education project.
"The Coca-Cola Foundation is committed to addressing the needs of the communities in the two-hundred-plus countries where we operate," said Coca-Cola Foundation board chair Lisa M. Borders. "These organizations are creating the type of change needed to improve people's lives, build sustainable communities, and enhance our environment for future generations."