Our approach to sustainable development is to set out an overall framework but to give our operations the flexibility to implement programmes that best meet their local circumstances.
View the case studies below to see how we implement our 10 sustainable priorities locally.
Mozambique: Impala - from subsistence farming to cash crop
In October 2011 in Mozambique, we launched the first-ever commercial-scale, cassava-based clear beer - Impala.
Cassava is a difficult crop to use on a commercial scale, because the root deteriorates quickly once it's been harvested. That said, it's also one of the most widely-grown crops in Africa. We therefore saw an opportunity to create a new market for subsistence farmers and help them to earn an income, often for the first time. We joined forces with DADTCO (Dutch Agricultural Development and Trading Company) and came up with an innovative solution - a mobile processing unit that we can send to cassava-growing regions to process the crop on the farm, ready for the brewery.
Tanzania: Bringing new smallholder farmers into barley supply chains
In Tanzania, there have historically been limitations to growing barley such as the lack of modern farming techniques, basic farming equipment and variable rainfall patterns. These challenges led Tanzania Breweries (TBL) to establish a local farming programme in 2010 with the aim to increase the local production of barley by providing support and education for smallholder farmers.
At the beginning, ten new smallholder farmer groups were involved with some 170 smallholder farmers in the Southern Highlands of Tanzania. Now, the local sourcing programmes involve 300 smallholders and about 200 commercial barley farmers.
India: Progress through Partnership – barley farmers in India
Barley in India has traditionally only been grown as animal feed. It has therefore not been a priority crop for farmers who get yields as low as 1.1 tonne per acre and often don't get a fair deal in terms of pricing.
However at SABMiller India, we have set ourselves the goal to introduce and develop malt barley cultivation in India and to source 100% of our malting barley from local suppliers in India, rather than relying on imports within the next five years. Realising the need to improve the quality of local barley, we began our "Progress through Partnership" (Saanjhi Unnati) programme in the State of Rajasthan in 2005.
El Salvador: Supporting the development of our smaller suppliers
At Industrias La Constancia, we are working hard to encourage enterprise development across our value chain, from our suppliers to our retailers.
This year, we partnered with the UNDP and the Inter-American Development Bank to help ten small suppliers participate in a Suppliers Development Programme which aims to help small and medium-sized suppliers to improve their businesses. One of our suppliers which participated was SERVIMETAL which is a small business which supplies us with metal racks used for the transportation of our products.
Working to promote ethical and responsible global supply chains
In 2010, SABMiller established a global procurement business – Trinity Procurement. For those products and materials such as brewing raw materials and packaging materials that all our businesses require, we are able to establish group-wide buying deals and benefit accordingly.
At Trinity, we have been committed from the outset to ensure that sustainable development and responsible sourcing are at the core of our business governance and sourcing decisions. For example, all our supplier contracts require that suppliers comply with our Responsible Sourcing Principles and sustainable development is an important consideration when accrediting new suppliers.