September 12, 2013 – Glen Walter, president and chief operating officer for Coca-Cola Refreshments, visited campus today to talk with Georgetown students about the sustainable, entrepreneurial and social commitments of his company.
Walter, whose operating unit is responsible for nearly 90 percent of The Coca-Cola Company’s business in North America, told about 30 students that the bottom line is essential in big business, but that there are other things to consider.
“What I see beyond [making money] is very important,” he said. “It’s the ability to be a part of what we call ‘conscious capitalism.’ We have a purpose that allows us to take those amazing resources and the proceeds from those resources and very humbly do things that impact the world in amazing ways.”
He talked about Coca-Cola’s efforts to empower female business owners around the world, balance growth with a mission to reduce its carbon footprint and partner with smaller business ventures.
Coca-Cola is an internship partner of the university’s Master's in Global Human Development program in the School of Foreign Service. Georgetown’s Office of Student Affairs and Auxiliary Affairs sponsored the talk.
“We want to have a close connection to you,” Walter told the students. “We need you to help us continue to inspire your generation.”