RecyclesPay And Clean Up Naija Earn Coca-Cola Foundation Grants To Boost Environmental Sustainability Efforts

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The Coca-Cola Foundation has awarded grants to the Africa Clean-Up Initiative, pioneers of the famous Recycles Pay and Clean-Up Naija project. This is in line with Coca-Cola’s commitment to fostering a World Without Waste, as these grants are aimed at bolstering efforts to reduce waste created by food and beverage packaging waste and other non-biodegradable substances.

The financial grants will help fund the expansion of the Recycles Pay project, which had immense success in the pilot phase, as well as the Clean Up Naija initiative.

This Recycles Pay is a remarkable program targeted at low-tuition schools, in which parents have the opportunity to pay their ward’s fees with plastic bottles. It is an initiative created to provide solutions to educational and environmental issues in rural areas of Nigeria. To help increase the capacity of the project, The Coca-Cola Foundation awarded grants towards ensuring that 20 news schools are reached across multiple states with 2000 children impacted. The Recycles Pay Educational Project launched on February 7, 2020, at Isrina Schools, Ajegunle, Lagos.

The second project, Clean Up Naija, is community-led and will be carried out across multiple states in a bid to deliver a clean and healthy environment. The initiative seeks to get volunteers to help clean-up communities to foment a cleaner and more sustainable environment. African Clean Up Initiative, with the support of The Coca-Cola Foundation grant, targets to achieve 20 cleanup events across Nigeria within the calendar year. The series of cleanups are poised to kick off on February 22 at Obalende.

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Extending his gratitude to The Coca-Cola Foundation for the grants awarded, Alexander Akhigbe, founder of the African Clean Up Initiative, said: “I would like to thank The Coca-Cola Foundation for awarding us with these incredible grants. To be noticed by them shows that we have done important work so far. These grants will no doubt prove useful in increasing our capacity as an organisation, and helping us impact more lives through our projects.”

Speaking on the grants awarded, the Public Affairs, Communications & Sustainability ManagerCoca-Cola Nigeria; Nwamaka Onyemelukwe, remarked on the company’s efforts at creating shared opportunities in communities where they do business.

The Coca-Cola Foundation is delighted to partner with The African Clean Up Initiative to upscale the Recyclespay and Cleanup Naija projects said Nwamaka Onyemelukwe, Public Affairs, Communications & Sustainability Manager, Coca-Cola Nigeria“This is an important partnership for a true challenge — ensuring children from underprivileged communities remain in school and identifying new ways to prevent plastic waste from littering our environment and entering our rivers and oceans.

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“The World Without a Waste strategy of The Coca-Cola Company and The Foundation’s focus on recycling and behavioural-change projects highlight the need for greater collaboration between business, governments, charitable organizations, researchers and NGOs to make this happen. We believe projects such as the Recycles pay and Clean-up Naija programs are a real and effective means of working together to deliver real change around the world.”

Educational Secretary, Akeromi-Ifelodun L.G.A, Hon. Aboluwodi Solomon lauded the Recycles Pay initiative and praised The Coca-Cola Foundation for supporting it: “I am very delighted to see the smiles on these parents’ faces. You can tell that their lives have been impacted and that makes me very happy. I would also like to thank Coca-Cola for supporting this project, this initiative is an important and innovative one and their support means many more many children can get access to education while also ensuring that our environment is being rid of plastic waste.”

One of the recipients, Patience Onukwu, expressed her gratitude to the African Clean-Up Initiative and Coca-Cola. According to her, the Recycles Pay program had given her and her kids a new lease on life: “When I heard of Recycles Pay and what it was about, I could not believe it. Using plastic to pay your child’s school fees? I thought it was a lie until I decided to try my hand. This program has changed my life and my children’s life for the better and I cannot thank the organisers enough.she said.

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Since its launch in 1984, the foundation’s donations to sustain local communities has reached $1 billion. The Coca-Cola Foundation offers community support programs that have led to the improvement of the quality of life of the communities around the World. Driven by a need to create a better-shared future for the communities we live and work in, The Coca-Cola Foundation has contributed more than $1 billion to help protect the environment, promote recycling, empower women and enhance communities around the world.

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Strongest first quarter ever: Preliminary results of Deutsche Post DHL Group above market expectations

  • All divisions significantly increased EBIT in first quarter 2021; Group EBIT tripled to around EUR 1.9 billion
  • Free cash flow development continued positive trajectory and improved by more than EUR 1.4 billion to around EUR 1.0 billion
  • CEO Frank Appel: "The start into the new financial year was more dynamic than ever"


SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 12 April 2021 - Deutsche Post DHL Group has today released preliminary results for the first quarter of 2021 and has raised the outlook for the current financial year. Preliminary operating profit (EBIT) for the first three months improved to around EUR 1.9 billion (Q1 2020: EUR 592 million). The positive development of the group's businesses seen in the fourth quarter 2020 has continued well through the first quarter 2021. In the first three months of the year the B2C shipment volumes remained high in all networks while the recovery in the B2B business continued.

"The start to the new financial year was more dynamic than ever. It proves that we have successfully geared our business to the right growth drivers. One year into the pandemic we experienced in the first quarter 2021 a sustained momentum in e-commerce and a significant stabilization in global trade with increasing air- and sea-freight volumes. Consequently all divisions reported a significant jump in earnings above market expectations. Global trade continues to recover and vaccine distribution is in full swing which makes me very optimistic for the rest of 2021 and beyond," said Frank Appel, CEO of Deutsche Post DHL Group.

All divisions optimally positioned for continuing e-commerce boom and growth in global trade

Express: The division reached an EBIT of around EUR 955 million in the first quarter 2021 compared to EUR 393 million in Q1 2020.

Global Forwarding, Freight: EBIT in Global Forwarding, Freight stood at around EUR 215 million in Q1 2021, clearly above previous year's Q1 of EUR 73 million.

Supply Chain: EBIT at Supply Chain came in at around EUR 165 million in the first quarter 2021 compared to EUR 105 million in Q1 2020.

eCommerce Solutions: eCommerce Solutions recorded a first quarter 2021 EBIT of around EUR 115 million, clearly above last year's Q1 result of EUR 6 million.

Post & Parcel Germany: EBIT in Post & Parcel Germany in Q1 2021 was around EUR 555 million (Q1 2020: EUR 334 million).

Earnings momentum mirrored in positive cash flow development and improved outlook


The continued positive business development is underpinned by a strong cash flow development; free cash flow amounted to around EUR 1.0 billion in the first quarter 2021. In Q1 2020 this figure was still negative at EUR -409 million.

In light of the strong earnings momentum, guidance for 2021 is adjusted as follows:

Group EBIT for 2021 is now expected to be significantly above EUR 5.6 billion (previous forecast: more than EUR 5.6 billion). Equally, the result for the DHL divisions is now seen significantly above EUR 4.5 billion (previous forecast: more than EUR 4.5 billion). EBIT for the Post & Parcel Germany division is no longer expected at around EUR 1.6 billion but above EUR 1.6 billion. The expectation of a Group Functions EBIT of around EUR -0.4 billion remains unchanged. Full year 2021 Free Cash Flow is now expected to be significantly above EUR 2.3 billion (previous forecast: around EUR 2.3 billion).

The Group will introduce a revised detailed guidance with the comprehensive disclosure for Q1 2021 which will be published as planned on May 5, 2021.

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