SVP Sustainable Development
The water issue is accelerating at the World Economic Forum in Davos this week. From an MIT workshop on the water-food-energy nexus, to the launch of a new campaign by the young global leaders to raise water awareness, it's popping up everywhere.
The charity and NGO, ActionAid, has this week published a report SABMiller's on tax affairs. While compliance with tax laws underpins all of our corporate governance practices, to focus solely on tax issues detracts from the broader economic impact that companies can have in developing markets.
This week, I've been at the United Nations CEO Water Mandate's South African conference. WWF, with whom SABMiller formed the Water Futures Partnership, were also there and they've written a very interesting reflection on it.
This week I have spent a couple of days at the BSR (Business for Social Responsibility) 2010 conference in New York, it’s one of the largest conferences on corporate responsibility in the world, with over 1,000 delegates from major businesses, NGOs, governments and investors.
Last week, at SABMiller's global leadership conference in Chicago, one of the sessions focused on how we can 'drive inclusive growth' as an integral part of our business model around the world.
World Water Week in Stockholm last week showed a real step forward in how companies, governments and NGOs are working together to understand and manage water scarcity, quality and access challenges.
Transparency is one of SABMiller’s Ten Priorities for sustainable development. We included it as a priority in its own right, rather than simply as an ‘enabler’ of the other nine because in order to work together to achieve a sustainable future, we need to be as open as we can.
Without water there can be no beer. It’s an obvious statement, but the ability to get enough of the right quality of water to make our great beers over the coming decades is an issue that SABMiller is putting a lot of effort into.
This is the first in a range of blogs you will see in the coming weeks and months from SABMiller and guest bloggers, discussing sustainable development within our business and the wider brewing industry.