Sustainable Development of Obolon Corporation
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Sustainable development is a key element of the Obolon Corporation’s strategy. It allows the company to implement its corporate ambitions and fully develop each of its CSR areas: employee development, environment protection, promotion of sports, and support of the local communities.
Producing beverages with a high level of quality and safety is the basis for the long-term development of the Obolon Corporation. Stability of production processes and guaranteed quality and safety of its beverages ensure that the company achieves its goals on the way to sustainability.
Climate change, resource depletion, and energy dependence are the challenges of the 21st century for individuals as well as for large manufacturers. Reduction of environmental impact and conservation of nature are priorities for Obolon as the largest Ukrainian beverage producer.
Obolon makes both a direct and an indirect impact on the economy of the country as a whole and specific regions where its facilities are located through job creation, paying taxes to the local and state budgets, development of related industries, and support of the social culture.
Adhering to the principles of sustainable development, Obolon views the participation in the social life of the regions where its facilities are located as an important component of developing Ukrainian society as well as its own business.
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Recycling of PET packaging

Period of implementation
10 млн. грн
2003 – 2015
Oleksandriia, Kirovohrad Oblast
  • Plastic bottle processing
  • Improvement of the environmental situation due to reduction of plastic waste
  • Production of new materials fro PET waste
  • Job creation
  • Promotion of the environmental culture of production companies
  • According to the ecology specialists, an average Ukrainian produced 220 to 250 kg of municipal solid waste, or 330–380 kg in case of large city residents.These figures are growing year after year.
  • Polymer waste makes up about 10–15% of the total municipal waste, or almost 20 kg per person per year.
  • At the same time, the experts report an increase in the popularity of PET-packaged products (beer, drinks, household chemicals, etc.): this product segment is growing by 10–12% annually.
  • PET is the main environmental hazard, since the decomposition period of plastic in the nature is over 400 years.
  • So far Ukraine the Ukrainian legislation does not create incentives for waste recycling.The state also does not have effective incentives for separate waste disposal by citizens; the conditions for waste processing, as well as the waste disposal system itself, are absent.
  • In 2003, the Obolon Corporation commenced its own plastic waste recycling program.
  • Kirovohrad Oblast became a perfect place to implement the project from the standpoints of logistics and equal distance to major cities.An innovative PET packaging waste recycling line was installed in Oleksandriia, Kirovohrad Oblast.
  • At the first stage of project implementation, the recycling consisted in shredding to bottles into so-called flakes, which were exported.
  • In 2008, the second stage was commenced with manufacture of end products (rim band, crates, chairs, etc.)For this purpose, the company purchased modern German equipment, capable of processing 125 kg of 100% recycled flakes per hour to produce rim band.This modern German-made line allows processing the PET waste without an environmental impact.
  • Today Obolon collects the raw materials using its own efforts, withover one hundred used bottle disposal containers installed at the production facilities, and purchases used PET packaging from suppliers.


Amount of PET packaging recycled, tons


Total program impact
Environmental component
Social component
Economic component
Over 10,2 thousand tons of plastic processed over 12 years
Over 350 jobs created
UAH 15,5 million received in proceeds from sale of rim band in 2015


  • Since its establishment and till this day, Obolon Corporation has been maintaining and developing the charity and volunteering traditions. Each year, Obolon makes investments into the regions where its companies are located, implements initiatives of social importance, and supports the partners by funding and product donations. Today the social activity of the company is an important component for sustainable development of the country and for the life of the Ukrainian society.More
  • Achieving a gender balance is important for sustainable development not only as an ethical norm, but as a requirement for effective operation.The companies of Obolon Corporation have about 28% of female employees.Under the Gender Plan adopted in 2011 and the Collective Bargaining Agreement revised in 2012, Obolon guarantees and ensures equal employment rights for men and for women.More
  • The early 2000s boosted the development of corporate volunteering at the Obolon Corporation facilities.The donorship movement in the company, initiated by the employees, has been growing for over 14 years.Each year new employees join the regular donors and continue the noble tradition in the company. More
  • Since 1994, the Obolon Corporation is a member of the Ukrainian Quality Association, and since 1998 a member of the Quality Leaders Club of Ukraine. The Corporation is successful in the competition both on the domestic and on the international markets.In 2008, Obolon created an integrated management system and had four international standards certified at onceMore
  • In 2013, the Obolon Corporation reduced its production waste levels by 48.5%. Among other things, this was achieved due to comprehensive recycling of used PET packaging.For 12 years, Obolon has been running the waste plastic packaging recycling project.The collection of used bottles, reduction of emissions, and reduction of energy consumption help Obolon significantly reduce its environmental impact.More
  • Responsibility is the foundation of the Obolon Corporation’s environmental policy. In addition to the reduction of environmental footprint, the organic brewing waste recycling technologies allow Obolon supply highly nutritious feedstock to agricultural companies.Besides, such production is a source of additional income for the company.More
  • The Obolon Corporation is one of the largest Ukrainian taxpayers.Its companies employ over 5,000 people, about 5% of whom have children under 6 years.In order to ensure comfortable working conditions and help combine the professional and family responsibilities, in 2013 Obolon joined the “Back to Work” employee reintegration project.More
  • Obolon Corporation helps improve the education of the Ukrainian society through systematic investments into the development of education and book publishing and renovation of educational institutions.For 9 years, Obolon has supported the Petro Yatsyk International Contest of Ukrainian Speakers to promote the second most beautiful language in the world.More
  • Obolon started investing into the development of sports back in the 90s.For over two decades, the corporation has been providing comprehensive support to teams and projects promoting a healthy lifestyle. Today, the Obolon Corporation has its own football club, Obolon Brovar, playing in the national championship; the company supports childrens’ and youth soccer (Zmina sports school), and holds competitions among its personnel.More
  • For more than twenty years Obolon has been implementing a support programme for vulnerable social groups. Such categories include disabled and low-income people, senior citizens and disadvantaged children. This area of work also encompasses the support of large families acting as family-type children’s homes. Implementation of this programme secures the right of children to a family upbringing and a happy childhood spent within a family.More