[Islamabad, 4th October 2023] In a ceremony at the President’s Secretariat earlier today, President Arif Alvi awarded Coca‑Cola Pakistan for its long-standing efforts on empowering women, particularly in the disadvantaged rural areas of Pakistan.
Coca‑Cola Pakistan proudly accepted the “Rising Women Award for Economic Impact" from President Alvi in recognition of its efforts in advancing women's empowerment and water sustainability in the country, despite many outward challenges.
The Rising Women Awards event was organized by the Women Business Network. Many notable Industry stakeholders were present on the occasion, along with various esteemed dignitaries, diplomats and prominent members of civil society.
Coca‑Cola Pakistan has been steadfast in its commitment to fostering positive change in the communities it serves. Through various initiatives and partnerships, the company has dedicated itself to addressing pressing issues such as water scarcity and women's economic inclusion.
The "Rising Women Award for Economic Impact" is a testament to Coca‑Cola Pakistan's unwavering dedication to these causes and its steadfast commitment towards empowering Pakistani women. Under its flagship "Women and Water" program, the company has not only promoted responsible water management practices but has also helped countless women across the country.
At the heart of the program lies the belief that when women thrive, communities prosper. Coca‑Cola Pakistan has actively engaged women in water-related initiatives, providing them with opportunities for skill development and entrepreneurship. By empowering women as entrepreneurs and water stewards, the program has created a ripple effect, benefitting entire communities.
Aisha Sarwari, Director of Public Affairs, Corporate and Sustainability at Coca‑Cola Pakistan and Afghanistan said: “The effects of the floods that impacted Pakistan last year compelled us to combine two of our three key sustainability pillars, Women and Water. In addition, we adopted innovative solutions by using solar powered water plants for communities that did not have access to the traditional electric power infrastructure. This was a game changer and allowed for many villages around rural areas to benefit from one plant.”
Coca‑Cola system has over 50 plants across the country that have served 17 m to date.