Ulrike Sapiro serves as senior director of water stewardship and sustainable agriculture for The Coca-Cola Company where she leads the long-term strategic planning for the company’s water stewardship programs and sustainable agriculture ingredients sourcing. In her role, she builds closer integration of our programs across the business and brands.
Ulrike joined The Coca-Cola Company in 2008 and, most recently, was Director of Sustainability in the Western Europe Business Unit and across the Europe, Middle East & Africa region. She worked closely with bottling partners and across functions to lead strategy, policy, programs and stakeholder engagement across the system’s strategic sustainability priorities. Her work included leading the sustainable packaging strategy; piloting and embedding emerging concepts such as water footprinting and natural capital; developing long-term partnerships and business action on water replenishment, sourcing, packaging and circular economy; and the system’s contribution to society, notably women and youth empowerment.
Prior to joining The Coca-Cola Company, Ulrike held sustainability and external affairs roles at RWE Thames Water, an international water utility managing external engagement on water resources, public infrastructure and development policy.
Considered an expert on sustainability, Ulrike often speaks at global events including World Water Week, One Young World and annual investor, supply chain and policy conferences. She serves on the steering committee for both the 2030 Water Resource Group and the CEO Water Mandate, and she is on the Board of Trustees for Water & Sanitation for the Urban Poor.
Ulrike holds a master’s degree in political sciences from the University of Munich and a post-graduate degree in sustainable development from the University of Cambridge.