NIGERIA – The Nigerian Bottling Company (NBC) Ikeja plant franchise bottler of Coca-Cola has received the Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) Gold Certification Award in recognition of its responsible use of freshwater in a socially, economically and environmentally beneficial way, reports Beverage Industry News.

Alliance for Water Stewardship is a global membership collaboration comprising businesses, NGOs and the public sector.

The members contribute to the sustainability of local water-resources through their adoption and promotion of a universal framework for the sustainable use of water

The award was presented by Control Union, Ghana, a global organisation which is made up of leading businesses, non-profits, public sector agencies and academic institutions.

At the presentation of the award, the Managing Director of Control Union Ghana, Ransford Nyarko, said: “NBC achieved five key criteria stipulated for the certification, including good water governance, sustainable water balance, good water quality, protecting important water-related sources and safe water, sanitation and hygiene for all.”

In appreciation of the recognition, the Manufacturing Operations Director for Lagos and West, NBC, Mr. Soni Alok, said the company had put in efforts to promote water sustainability.

According to him, the efforts are in line with the Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company Group’s 2025 sustainability commitments.

NBC is said to be the first receiver of the prestigious Alliance for Water Stewardship Gold Certification award.

For a site that to receives AWS certification it must undergo a rigorous audit to meet key indicators by third-party assessors independent of AWS or the site owners.

NBC has reaffirmed its commitment to intensifying efforts at ensuring safe water management practices as part of its contribution to the Sustainable Development Goal, which highlights the needs to make water accessible for all by 2030.

Speaking during this year’s world water day, Ekuma Eze, Public Affairs and Communications Director at NBC, said that the firm is committed to promote discourse and awareness around safe water practices and other water sustainability initiatives.

As part of demonstrating its commitment to water sustainability initiatives, Mr Eze said that all NBC plants in Nigeria have been installed with effluent treatment facilities.

NBC has also partnered with the Federal Ministry of Water Resources and the Federal Capital Territory Water Board to hold water sustainability sensitization workshops in Abuja as well as commission several water projects across the state.