Episode #03: Coca-Cola on benchmarks & ratings

  • Topic: Benchmarks and Ratings
  • Interviewee: Galya Tsonkova, Group Sustainability Policy and Reporting Manager
  • Company: Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company
  • Interviewer: Amy White

For those of us who have been working in sustainability for some time, it is exciting to see that ESG data is now being used by a broad range of stakeholders in the number of benchmarks and ratings, developed to systematically evaluate and compare the sustainability performance of companies. One company that has consistently performed well in a number of these is the Coca-Cola Helenic Bottling Company, who were recognized by the DJSI in 2019 as Europe’s most sustainable beverage company for the sixth time in seven years. They have upheld a CDP A score for Climate in the last 4 years, AAA at MSCI ESG for 5th consecutive years and highest in beverage industry score at FTSE100 ESG. In this episode we are joined by Galya Tsonkova, the Sustainability Manager at Coca-Cola Hellenic, to talk us through their experiences with various benchmarks and ratings.

About Galya Tsonkova
Galya has worked for the past seven years to achieve the sustainability agenda of Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company, one of the world’s leading bottlers of The Coca-Cola Company’s brands. Her responsibilities include sustainability policy and reporting, including Integrated Annual Report, ESG benchmarking and rating reports, such as DJSI, CDP, FTSE4Good, MSCI, Sustainalytics etc. Prior to this, she was leading the environmental sustainability agenda, being a member of Technical and Supply Chain team, combined with a leadership role in Quality and Health & Safety in one of Coca-Cola’s HBC regions. Thanks to her passion and energy, Coca-Cola Hellenic was among the first companies globally with approved science-based carbon reduction targets and the implementation of an internal carbon price and true cost of water. At the end of 2016 she was elected as the first woman to chair the Coca-Cola System Global Environmental Council. Prior to Hellenic, she spent 10 years in different roles in production, R&D and industrial performance within Nestle.

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