The Coca-Cola Company to Discuss Corporate Social Responsibility During Global Citizen Diplomacy Summit in Washington, D.C.
Ingrid Saunders Jones to Keynote CSR Morning Plenary Session
ATLANTA, -- Ingrid Saunders Jones, Senior Vice President of Global Community Connections and Chair of The Coca-Cola Foundation, will serve as the plenary keynote speaker during the “International Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) – the Role for U.S. Business in the Next Decade,” Thursday, November 18, 2010 , at 8:15 a.m. (EST) at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Washington D.C.
The plenary session is part of the U.S. Summit & Initiative for Global Citizen Diplomacy, a two and a half day event, sponsored in collaboration with the U. S. State Department, that will bring together U.S. citizen diplomats and high level national and international experts to address global challenges faced in the 21st century.
“Sustainability and social responsibility are the fundamental building blocks to the success and longevity of any business in today’s 21 st century competitive global market,” Ingrid Saunders Jones said. “Given Coca-Cola’s strong international presence, we strive to create an environment in which our employees are engaged with the communities in which we operate and maintain a strong understanding of global cultural diversity.”
The historic Summit, which is being launched by the U.S. Center for Citizen Diplomacy (USCCD) in collaboration with the U.S. State Department, marks the first such meeting since President Eisenhower’s People-to-People conference on the same subject on September 11, 1956 and will serve as the launch for a “Decade of Citizen Diplomacy,” to double the number of American citizen diplomats by 2020.
The Coca-Cola Company has long advocated the need for sustainable business strategies. In 2009, the Company launched the Replenish Africa Initiative, a $30 million effort to create access to safe clean water for two million people in Africa. Earlier this year, Coca-Cola launched Odwalla’s Haiti Hope Mango Lime-Aid, an effort to double the income of Haiti’s 25,000 mango farmers. All profits from this product will support the people of Haiti.
About The Coca-Cola Foundation
In 2009, The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO) and The Coca-Cola Foundation contributed more than $87 million to community initiatives worldwide. Since its inception, The Coca-Cola Foundation has contributed more than $314 million to help build sustainable communities worldwide through initiatives focused on water stewardship active healthy living, community recycling, education, arts and culture and civic affairs.
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