Whether funding projects to achieve its water replenishment goal or diverting facility waste away from landfills - Coca-Cola Canada has made sustainability a fundamental part of how it does business. The Coca-Cola Company knows that sustainable practices are essential to ensuring the prosperity of the communities they serve and that’s why they participated in two important forums in Vancouver last week.

Introduced in 2012, the Leading Change Forum is a day-long opportunity for young environmental and sustainability professionals to engage with one another and be inspired to lead positive change locally and around the world. The GLOBE Forum is North America’s largest and longest-running international leadership summit on sustainable business with a goal of accelerating the shift to a clean economy.

To lend its voice to this important conversation, The Coca-Cola Company sent Sarah Dearman, Sustainable Packaging Program Director for Coca-Cola North America, who is responsible for implementing the World Without Waste strategy in North America. A seven year Coca-Cola veteran, Sarah has deep roots in the sustainability world and serves in advisory roles with several non-profit groups in the United States.

While in Vancouver, Sarah was invited to participate in panel discussions at both the Leading Change and GLOBE Forum events including Turning Tides: Mitigating Ocean Plastics From All Angles. Hosted by GLOBE Forum, Turning Tides brought panelists together to explore the immense issue of ocean plastic pollution and what action the global community is taking.

During both panels Sarah discussed Coca-Cola’s World Without Waste strategy which Coke CEO James Quincey announced prior to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland in January. As Coca-Cola works to develop and implement the World Without Waste initiative in North America, open dialogues like at these panels in Vancouver are essential.

Why World Without Waste Matters?

Did you know that every hour 900 metric tons of plastic waste enter our oceans, which end up clogging waterways and endangering wildlife?

Tragically global plastic production is expected to double in the next decade making this issue even more important.

Coca-Cola’s World Without Waste vision matters in this conversation because ocean plastic pollution is a direct result of the global packaging waste problem this ambitious strategy hopes to tackle. Though the implications of this vision are far reaching, at the heart of World Without Waste is a goal to help collect and recycle a bottle or can for everyone Coca-Cola sells by 2030.

To achieve its World Without Waste goal, Coca-Cola will make investments in the planet and their packaging while relying on the collaborative spirit of its partners as well as the creativity and passion of its employees around the world, employees like Sarah Dearman.