Engaging with local communities
SABMiller companies aspire to be good corporate citizens in the many local communities where we operate around the world. Each of those communities has its own needs and concerns, so our approach is to consult and then respond according to local priorities.
The range of local engagement activity is very wide, involving regular dialogue with interested parties and support for community organisations. Increasingly, our companies are producing their own corporate accountability reports or expanding alternative networks to communicate with local stakeholders.
In the period under review, countries as diverse as the Canary Islands, USA and Poland have done so and this is a trend we intend to encourage.
An essential part of our commitment to community engagement is corporate social investment, namely cash and sometimes in-kind contributions to a wide range of projects in the communities where we operate. These address pressing local needs and are chosen in consultation with those affected. Many of the most significant activities have been running for five or more years, especially in our most established businesses in South Africa and the USA. The value of these contributions last year amounted to US$12.9 million, equivalent to approximately 1% of group pre-tax profits.
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