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Couples testing in homes

A couple and their child

We increasingly adopt an approach to reducing HIV/Aids that has a wider focus than just our employees. As a result of testing couples in their own homes, for example, Nile Breweries in Uganda has provided VCT for almost a quarter of employee's spouses over the last two years.

The stigma and fear associated with HIV/Aids can often make discussions with spouses and dependants extremely difficult, but disclosure is critical to ensure family members receive testing and, if necessary, treatment. In addition, research has shown high incidences of HIV among couples; married people account for about 65% of new infections.

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Saving water and costs

Nile Breweries plant in Uganda

In August 2008, Nile Breweries in Uganda had a water efficiency ratio of 7.5 hl/hl. Realising that this could be reduced to minimise both costs and the brewery's impact on the environment, Nile Breweries launched a profit improvement project (PIP) to improve its water efficiency.

A multidisciplinary team was formed which incorporated members from the packaging, brewing and utilities departments. This team then analysed past data to determine realistic water reduction targets and timelines. This led to the identification of a number of areas where improvements could be made and an action plan was developed.

To improve water efficiency, a number of capital projects were implemented. These included the recovery of filter-backwash water for floor washing in non production areas and gardening, machine cooling water recovery and reuse and improved metering. Now, approximately 10% of water in the brewery is able to be recovered and reused.

In addition to capital projects, Nile Breweries has worked hard to raise awareness of the importance of saving water amongst employees. For example, new cleaning practices have been introduced which involve using buckets and water squeezers instead of hoses. Furthermore, each department now reports weekly on their water usage to ensure performance matches the targets.

As a result of these initiatives, Nile Breweries has substantially improved its water efficiency performance. Over the last year, the average water ratio was 4.8 hl/hl.

Greening Mbarara

Mayor Wilson Tumwine with farmers in Mbarara, Uganda

Nile Breweries Limited has initiated a tree planting initiative programme, “The Green Towns Project” in Mbarara, western Uganda. In October, employees were joined by local municipal and army representatives and planted over 300 trees along Mbarara’s main street and in the suburbs.

Mbarara was the fourth major Ugandan town to benefit from the “Green Towns Project”, following previous tree planting by Nile Breweries in Arua, Gulu and Hoima. The Mbarara Mayor Mr. Wilson Tumwine acknowledged the Nile Breweries’ green campaign, saying it was in line with the town’s environmental plan: “These trees will help us in reducing the carbon emissions that are generated by human activity .

In addition to the ‘Green Towns Project‘, Nile Breweries has also supplied over 6,000 tree seedlings to sorghum farmers to promote water and soil conservation on their farms.

Engaging with suppliers

Three men inside a bottling plant

In Novermber 2011, Nile Breweries hosted its inaugural Suppliers Day. A number of suppliers and key stakeholders were invited to the brewery in Jinja for a brewery tour, a briefing from the Nile Breweries management team and a question and answer session.

MD Nick Jenkinson also presented at the event on what Nile Breweries has achieved across the ten sustainable development priorities, also highlighting how they are similar to Uganda’s development agenda.

Following the success of the day, Nile Breweries now aim that this will become an annual event.

Water provision for local communities

Woman carrying water

Through our Corporate Social Investment (CSI) activities we seek to provide local communities with clean water or to treat waste water so it can be used for irrigation or other purposes. In Africa, a number of our operations have established water distribution projects to provide local communities with clean, drinkable water. We currently have projects in Tanzania, Mozambique, Lesotho, Swaziland, Southern Sudan and Uganda.

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