Global Dialogue Series: Sustainability, Water Stewardship, and Workforce Development in Latin America

A man gestures as he addresses the guests sitting around the dining table.
Bruno Pietracci discusses The Coca-Cola Company’s water stewardship efforts in Latin America during the Meridian Global Dialogue Luncheon, “Sustainability, Water Stewardship and Workforce Development in Latin America,” on February 20, 2024 at Meridian International Center in Washington, DC. Photo by Stephen Bobb.


Soft drink diplomacy? Since 1892, The Coca-Cola Company has served as a uniquely American ambassador to the world, making its mark on countries and cultures worldwide. On February 20, 2024, Meridian International Center hosted a robust luncheon conversation about water security, the circular economy, and economic development. Along with leaders from The Coca-Cola Company, diplomatic leaders from key countries and U.S. Department of State representatives joined the conversation. In this Global Dialogue Series Luncheon, participants discussed sustainability and the role of the public and private sectors in furthering global sustainability goals. 

Participants explored the challenges in operations, finance, and regulation, as well as the security situation in the region. They also discussed the importance of multilateral, bilateral, regional, federal, and local partnerships in addressing the complexities of providing secure employment opportunities to local communities. Participants emphasized protecting Latin America’s unique natural resources through customization, integration, and global partnerships. 

Over the years, generations have embraced Coca-Cola, demonstrating how American companies can work with global partners toward developing local communities and economies. Through engaging with global partners on all levels, tangible progress can be made on economic development and environmental sustainability. 


This program was made possible through the support of


Project summary

Global Dialogue Series: Sustainability, Water Stewardship, and Workforce Development in Latin America | February 2024
Number of Attendees: 16
Regions: Western Hemisphere
Countries: Bolivia, Ecuador, Colombia, Argentina, Costa Rica, Panama, Honduras
Impact Areas: Energy and the Environment
Partners: Private Sector, Diplomatic Corps, Public Sector