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'Improving Together' supplier programme

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‘Mejorando Juntos’ (‘Improving Together’) is a programme to foster and develop micro and small businesses supplying our Panamanian business, Cerveceria Nacional (CN). As well as helping suppliers to become more competitive, it also contributes to the development and sustainability of the community.

The first step is an awareness-raising session based on our Responsible Sourcing Principles. Subsequent training covers topics such as quality and environmental management, looking at improvement opportunities in each case and any support the company may need.

Once the training is complete, companies become accredited CN suppliers and continue to receive help as necessary. The programme has so far involved 35 of CN’s small and medium-sized suppliers and is designed to be replicated in other locations in the future.

CN’s main partner in the project, The National Centre for Competitiveness, was recently invited by the United Nations Global Compact Network to join a nationwide project to use the company’s model as a best practice example of business-supplier relationships.

Strategic corporate social investment

‘DestapaRSE’ is Cerveceria Nacional’s corporate social investment (CSI) umbrella programme. It covers five areas – CSI projects, enterprise development, small CSI initiatives and philanthropic activities, community projects and emergencies and disaster relief. Its creation was the result of a cultural shift away from philanthropy towards strategic CSI.

Aligned with the sustainable development priorities of the SABMiller group, the new programme includes a CSI committee comprising a member from each department and two external members to ensure that projects are selected and funds allocated in a fully transparent way. As part of its more strategic approach, the company now collects stakeholder responses and takes the lead in the conception and implementation of new projects.

Apart from selecting projects to be implemented, Cerveceria Nacional’s main CSI contribution is to build local capabilities in the implementation, management and promotion of sustainable social investment projects.

NGO-enterprise project fair

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Facilitated by our Panamanian business, Cerveceria Nacional (CN), the first NGO-enterprise project fair, ‘Destapa tu Responsabilidad’, took place in October 2008. The event brought together NGOs and the private sector to generate support for the development of social investment projects. More than 40 NGOs took advantage of the opportunity to promote their projects to leading businesses in Panama.

As a result, some proposals that had previously been presented to CN but had not qualified for support were able to find backers. The event also promoted engagement with government and international agencies, furthering CN’s vision of being a leader in sustainable development in Panama and emphasising its shift from philanthropy to strategic social investment.

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