Danang, March 03, 2016, The Danang Women’s Union, in cooperation with the People’s Committee of Liên Chiểu District and Coca-Cola Vietnam today officially launched the 3rd EKOCENTER in Asia on Kinh Duong Vuong Street, Hoa Minh Ward, Lien Chieu District. The event marked a milestone in the EKOCENTER program as American companies Dell and Microsoft also joined Coca-Cola’s initiative, in addition to existing partners such as the Women’s Union, Vietnam Red Cross, PACCOM and other partners.
EKOCENTER is a global initiative of The Coca-Cola Company to bring clean water, solar power, and community centers to cities and villages throughout the world. In partnership with the Government, NGOs and other private sector companies, the project is meant to empower communities while also enabling business growth.
Mr. Vamsi Mohan, Chief Executive Officer of Coca-Cola Vietnam shared: “At Coca-Cola we are committed to helping Vietnam develop. We are expanding our investment in our business here and our contribution to building sustainable communities is an integral part of this investment. This new EKOCENTER in Danang is a testament of the power of collaboration between NGOs, Government and other private sector partners. This model was created so that everyone involved benefits, and we are so grateful that others share this vision with us, and hope that even more companies and NGOs will join us in this journey. “
Based on the 3-in-1 model with a kiosk, a community house and a sports area, the third EKOCENTER is adjacent to a housing complex for single mothers, and includes a new community center complete with a library, classroom and computer facilities, which will double as a training site for the local residents. In addition, the solar powered kiosk, supplied by German Company Solarkiosk, provides enough green energy to maintain daily activities at the EKOCENTER, including the water treatment system that purifies about 6000 liters of water daily.
One of the center’s main purposes is to empower local women. The Vietnam Women Union cooperated with Coca-Cola to provide sales training courses for members and a representative was chosen to operate the center after receiving an initial capital to start the business at the kiosk.
Ms. Hoang Thi Thu Huong, Vice Chairwoman of Da Nang City Women’s Union - the main partner of the project in Danang, shared: “EKOCENTER will contribute in bringing positive change for the community. The center not only provides an open area for community activities, safe drinking water, free wifi connection for information access but also helps empower local women economically through the kiosk. We hope that this model will continue spreading so that more people can benefit from the project."
Mr. Dam Quang Hung, Vice Chairman of Lien Chieu district People’s Committee shared: “Danang is honored to be the next place receiving an EKOCENTER. Most of the residents living near the center have tough lives with low income. They are really in need of necessary utilities like safe drinking water, a park for sporting activities, and especially a community building and learning facility to help empower the community. We appreciate the great cooperation of Coca-Cola and other partners in bringing such a meaningful project to the community. We hope to see the project grow successfully not only in Da Nang city but also across Vietnam.”
The partnership with Dell and Microsoft to provide computers and software to EKOCENTERs in Vietnam indicates growing support for the EKOCENTER concept.
Mr. Vu Minh Tri, General Director of Microsoft Vietnam shared at the event: “Microsoft YouthSpark is committed to being the companion of EKOCENTER Vietnam on the journey of creating positive impacts for communities. At EKOCENTER, YouthSpark program will offer the fundamental IT training courses and IT start-up classes for young generations and women to help improve the quality of life for local community in sustainable manner.”
Mr. Tran Vu – Country Manager of Dell Vietnam added: “Like Coca-Cola, we believe in empowering communities throughout Vietnam. We can see the great success in this project because of the two reasons. First, the partnership plays to our respective strengths. Each party does what they are great at, whether that’s the Government, NGOs or private sector. Secondly, the model encourages entrepreneurship and is sustainable because it gives women opportunities to build confident and run a successful business.”
The EKOCENTER project started in 2013 and is on track to have over 177 sites worldwide by mid-2016. In Vietnam, the EKOCENTER is expected to be launched at 7 locations in 2016, including Hanoi, Danang, Ha Long, and Mekong Delta.
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About The Coca-Cola Company:
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About Coca-Cola Vietnam:
Coca-Cola is one of the best-known international brands in Vietnam. Coca-Cola Vietnam's factories in Ho Chi Minh, Da Nang and Hanoi recruit about 2,500 employees, 99% of whom are Vietnamese. The Company's portfolio in Vietnam includes Coca-Cola, Coca-Cola Light, Coke Zero, Sprite, Fanta, Minute Maid Nutriboost, Minute Maid Teppy, Schweppes, Dasani and Aquarius. Coca-Cola Vietnam has considered sustainable development as the core of its business activities which include organizing safe and healthy working environment, setting priority to training employees. Several sustainable development projects were also expressed by detailed goals of energy saving, effective water use and water balance. Coca-Cola continues building sustainable communities in locations where the company operates. From 2010, Coca-Cola has invested more than USD 5.5m in community projects in Vietnam, including projects building EKOCENTER, providing clean water, empowering women, supporting families in hardship, and sending disaster relief through Vietnam Red Cross.