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Bavaria certified 54 suppliers for their ethical performance (Translation)

17 December 2009

Bogota, December 16th, 2009. In past days, Bavaria, S. A., leading beverages' company in Colombia, held the ceremony to exalt and graduate 54 supplying companies1 for their performance towards ethics, as part of the "Rumbo Empresas Íntegras y Transparentes" programme.

The programme, developed in association with the Transparency for Colombia Corporation, had as its main goal to implement and strengthen the culture of ethics in those companies which render services for Bavaria. The course lasted 12 months, over which each company had its results from the Measurement of Ethical Climate, established some baseline criteria in the Declaration of Ethical Entrepreneurial Commitments and defined its Policy to Counteract Bribery. Over forty hours were invested in the training of each supplier, involving over 6.400 collaborators.

Likewise, eight companies received a special acknowledgement for their integral performance in the implementation of the program and because of their initiative, creativity and proactivity. They were Artilab, Transportadora de Carga Antioquia, Greiff Colombia, Novaken, Pegatex, Quanta Research International, Transportes y Servicios  - Transer - and Yanhaas.

Óscar Darío Restrepo, general manager of Transportadora de Carga Antioquia S. A., one of the exalted companies for its ethical efforts, expressed in a very emotional way: "the fact that a company of Bavaria's importance leads these initiatives becomes a multiplier example in the construction of a better country, which is the one we will leave for our children. This program, which reinforces our organizational culture, is transcendental because our natural group is enriched and thus our employees take ethics to their homes and turn it into a fundamental part of their lives. This diploma is more than an award for us since with these actions we ratify that we are not on the wrong path, that sometimes things in business are not easy when you refrain from unethical behaviours. Even more, it is a tortuous road and filled with thorns, but definitely our north is in being ethical and transparent, and we prefer to disappear before engaging in corrupt practices". "In other words, being ethical pays", he emphasized.

For his part, Fernando Jaramillo, Corporate Affairs vice-president of Bavaria, stated: "In Bavaria, ethics is the core of our operation. The goal of programs such as these, is none other than to acknowledge the value of ethics in the generation of leadership, strength, development and trust in the future of the country and is an invitation for all Colombian entrepreneurs to reinforce their commitment to reach the highest ethical standards in their corresponding operations".

Notes to the editor

1. To companies certified by Bavaria were: Algrafher S.A., Alusud Embalajes Colombia Ltda., Artilab S.A., Asic Ingeniería S.A. Avisos Lucaso Ci S.A., Ayudamos Colombia Cta, C.I. Estampar International S.A., Casalimpia S.A., Compañía Andina De Alimentos Y Vinos Espiritosos - Caves S.A. Ema Sucursal Colombia, Compañía De Servicios Y Administración S.A., Contreras Hermanos Ltda., Convepar S.A.S., Cooperativa Santandereana De Transportadores Ltda - Copetran, Corporación Colombiana De Logística S.A., Creating Ideas S.A., Ecolab Colombia S.A., Empaques Industriales Colombianos S.A. Frog Design S.A., G2 Colombia Ltda., Go! Logistics - Transportes Monrub S.A., Gorras Y Confecciones Juan López, Greif Colombia S.A., Grupo Empresarial Unión Andina De Transportes Y Transportes  Brio, Instituto Nacional De Consultoria En Calidad, Khemra Technologies Ltda., KPMG Advisory Services Ltda., Krones Andina Ltda., Larkin Ltda., Líder Productos Publicitarios Y Cia Ltda., Maderas Gorgonzola Ltda., Mercico Ltda., Misión Temporal Ltda., Morphosis Arquitectura Y Diseño S.A., Nalco De Colombia Ltda., Novakem S.A., Offimonaco Ltda., Oxígenos De Colombia - Praxair Ltda., Papeles Y Corrugados Andina S.A., Pegatex Ltda., Penta Producciones Ltda., Plastipack S.A., Quanta Research International Ltda., Rema S.A., Salamanca Alimentación Industrial S.A., Ser Publicidad Ltda., TC Impresores, Toro Mora Fischer América S.A., Transchiquinquirá S.A., Transportadora De Carga Antioquia - Carga S.A., Transportes Montejo Ltda., Transportes Y Servicios - Transer S.A., Vigilancia Y Seguridad - Vise Ltda., Yanhaas S.A.

Bavaria S. A. is the largest beverage company of Colombia. Its brands Águila, Águila Light, Club Colombia, Cola & Pola, Costeña, Costeñita, Peroni, Pilsen, Póker, Redd's and Pony Malta are leaders in their respective beverage categories in Colombia.

For additional information please contact:
Juan David Lee Aguirre -
Phone +57-1-638 9290 - Bogotá, D.C.

This SABMiller subsidiary news release has been translated from its local market language to English language for publication on We have attempted to provide an accu-rate translation of the original material but due to the difficulties of translation slight differences may exist. 
Note, the news release was first published in its local market on 16 December.

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