SABMiller sets 2020 vision
Targets new water efficiency and carbon footprint goals
SABMiller has targeted a water efficiency of 3.0 litres per litre of beer by 2020.
The world’s second largest brewer is also aiming to slash its value chain carbon footprint by 25% per litre of beer, and an average of 50% across all of its breweries within the next six years.
The new targets are part of SABMiller’s sustainable development programme, Prosper, which supports the role more than half a million small businesses worldwide play in generating economic growth and reducing poverty.
Andy Wales, SABMiller’s director sustainable development, said: “Our business-focused approach to sustainability has already developed innovative models of watershed protection, created new beers using local crops such as sorghum and cassava, and driven significant cost savings from carbon and water efficiency. This is the natural next step to support our future growth path.”
The programme will also secure the water supplies SABMiller shares with local communities through partnerships across every site in danger of water risks.
In addition, the brewing giant will improve food security and resource productivity by drawing up new crop and growing region targets. It will also ramp up its global and local programmes to promote moderate and responsible alcohol consumption.
SABMiller’s chief executive officer Alan Clark said: “Today society faces major challenges and the stakes are getting higher: poverty, water scarcity, climate change, food security and alcohol-related harm all demand urgent attention to secure a prosperous future.
“These pressing issues are shared by communities, businesses and governments and we must solve them together. Only those companies that are prepared to be part of that solution will be successful in the long term, and that’s why this approach is integral to our business strategy.”