One year on from the launch of Prosper, we have been recognising the outstanding contributions of our teams around the globe
We understand that our profitability depends on healthy communities, growing economies and the responsible use of scarce natural resources. We integrate these issues into our business through Prosper, which comprises five ‘shared imperatives’ to tackle the five most material issues for our business, and an ambitious set of sustainability targets to reach by 2020.
See our five shared imperatives and find out more about our 2020 targets.
A year after putting Prosper at the heart of our business strategy, the inaugural Mackay Awards were held to recognise and reward the initiatives by SABMiller teams around the world which best contribute to our shared imperatives and 2020 targets.
Nile Breweries of Uganda was the first ever overall winner, for a ground breaking project that has brought immense benefits to small farmers while making our local business the number one brewer in the market.
The Mackay Awards were established to reward and share Prosper best practice and are named in memory of Graham Mackay, SABMiller’s former CEO, who died in 2013. Graham was one of the first senior business leaders to formulate a philosophy recognising the connection between profitable business and positive developmental impact – and he wasn’t afraid to act on his principles.
A panel of expert judges came together to pick the winners. They were looking for creative projects that bring benefits to the business and local communities; with 94 enthusiastic entrants to choose from they had a difficult task.
After much deliberation, five category winners were chosen, one for each shared imperative, with Nile Breweries selected from these to receive the highest distinction: The Graham Mackay Leadership Award. This was announced on 8 July 2015 at an awards ceremony held at RIBA (the Royal Institute of British Architects) in London. The dinner was attended by all of SABMiller’s executive committee and a number of board members, including the Chairman designate, Jan du Plessis, who spoke to the audience passionately about the importance of Prosper to SABMiller’s long term success.
The winners received trophies designed by environmentally-conscious Swedish artist Jonas Torstensson, who created them using recycled glass and a kiln powered by renewable energy. But they also came away with the knowledge that they are inspiring others to fulfil the Prosper principles, making a real difference to people’s lives and the future of the planet.
Earlier in the day Alan Clark and members of his executive leadership team had met with senior external stakeholders to discuss progress on Prosper and speak candidly about the continuing challenges.
Despite the great progress highlighted through the awards, we know we still have a long way to go to meet our 2020 commitments. We hope that sharing the best ideas across SABMiller will help us come together to create the sustainable and prosperous future that we want for our business and for society.