KP among the most responsible companies in Poland (Translation)
4 May 2010
Kompania Piwowarska, the largest brewing company in Poland, has been ranked second in the 2010 Responsible Companies Ranking prepared by the Responsible Business Forum and PricewaterhouseCoopers and published by Dziennik Gazeta Prawna. KP has also been named Responsibility Leader in the area of social involvement.
"The undoubted success in the area of social responsibility reflected in the published Responsible Companies Ranking comes from all our employees, our management methods and our great passion -making the best beer. Cooperating with business partners and third-sector organization within the framework of social initiative "For What It's Worth!" or the employee volunteering program bring measurable benefits to the local communities where we operate," said Paweł Sudoł, President of Kompania Piwowarska, after the ranking was published.
How was the ranking created
Ranking was created based on five criteria/categories: social responsibility, customer relations, employee relations, ecological responsibility and social involvement. There were 10 questions in each of the six categories. A maximum of 100 points were awarded in each area. Kompania Piwowarska received 541 points out of 600. Moreover, Kompania Piwowarska was named the Responsibility Leader in the area of social involvement, receiving the maximum number of points.
Kompania's social responsibility
"At Kompania Piwowarska, responsible business operations are a key to ensure sustainable development for the company and its business partners. Responsible business is a cohesive management concept embraced by the company's employees. In making business decisions they follow ethical and environmental guidelines with the assumption that the resources are scarce and need to be best utilized," said Małgorzata Walędzińska, CSR Manager at Kompania Piwowarska SA.
Social responsibility in the context of sustainable development is an integral part of Kompania Piwowarska's philosophy. Within the framework of operations, the company has identified 10 sustainable development priorities that show the company's responsible approach to business.
Responsible consumption and local involvement
To prevent irresponsible alcohol consumption Kompania Piwowarska participates in multiple projects promoting responsible consumption (Appearances deceive, proof doesn't, Driving? - don't drink) and offers its own innovative solutions (Put your per mille to the test). The company is also involved in local communities where it operates, bringing sustainable benefits to its business or social partners as well as public organizations (an initiative preventing social exclusion because of poverty, "For What It's Worth!" and an employee volunteering program, Come Rain or Shine). It also continues dialogues with business partners in regards to sustainable development.
Environmentally friendly company
Environmental activities are among the most important elements of the sustainable development policy and bring the company measurable economic gains. In recent years, KP has made a number of investments in regards to ecology, which resulted in conserving water, power and heat, and led to lowered production costs. Over the last three years Kompania Piwowarska has saved 10% water, 29% heat and reduced CO2 emission by 47%. Also, it has launched a special ecological program for its employees, "In Tune with Nature," which is a part of the company's environment protection policy. It stimulates employees and their families to reduce and sort waste as well as conserve water and power in their private lives.
Additional information about the Ranking
The 70 largest Polish companies competed in the Responsible Companies Ranking. Fifty of them have international capital, twenty are Polish. All companies that were considered in creating the Ranking were audited by PricewaterhouseCoopers. Answers included in the questionnaires were compared with source documents and with additional information obtained during interviews with each company representative. After compiling the data and applying corrections according to the guidelines, a final list of the 2010 Responsible Companies Ranking was made. This year's leader is Danone. Kompania Piwowarska took second place and Procter & Gamble third.
Kompania Piwowarska - leader of the Polish beer industry
Kompania Piwowarska is the largest brewer in Poland. Hundreds of years of experience in brewing, state-of-the-art technology and rigorous adherence to the world-class manufacturing principles guarantee the highest quality of beer. The company's brand portfolio includes most popular Polish beer-Tyskie, Żubr, Lech, Dębowe Mocne, Redd's-as well as international premium brands Pilsner Urquell, Grolsch and Peroni Nastro Azzurro. Kompania Piwowarska (established in 1999) operates three breweries (in Tychy, Poznań and Białystok) and fourteen depots across the country. Kompania Piwowarska is involved in multiple social programs addressing social exclusion caused by poverty ("For What It's Worth!"), and educational programs promoting responsibility and moderation in alcohol consumption. In the fiscal year ended on March 31, 2009, KP sales volume reached 15.1 mill hectolitres.
SABMiller - one of the largest brewers in the world
Kompania Piwowarska is part of SABMiller plc., one of the largest brewers in the world. The group manufactures or distributes beer across six continents and its global portfolio includes international premium beers such as Grolsch, Miller Genuine Draft, Peroni Nastro Azzurro and Pilsner Urquell, as well as leading local brands such as Aquila, Castle, Miller Lite, Snow or Tyskie. SABMiller is one of the largest Coca-Cola bottlers outside the USA. In the fiscal year ended on March 31, 2009, SABMiller has reported $25.3 billion in revenue and $3.4 billion in adjusted pre-tax profit. SABMiller plc is listed on the London and Johannesburg stock exchanges.
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This SABMiller subsidiary news release has been translated from its local market language to English language for publication on www.sabmiller.com. We have attempted to provide an accurate 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 [04/05/2010].