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.
Peru: Building local maize sources
In Peru, Backus are encouraging smallholder development by moving part of their hard yellow maize procurement from imports (predominantly from Argentina) to local crops grown by smallholder farmers.
Backus have partnered with CEDEPAS (The Ecumenical Centre of Promotion and Social Action) in the project. In 2009, 271 producers from the Jequetepeque valley received training and technical assistance in productive and organizational topics that seek to improve access to knowledge and promote partnerships to achieve greater efficiency and cost control. Of the total of participants, 225 sold their production to Backus. Thanks to the technical assistance received, the producers have improved their productive capacities, increasing their average yields per hectare between 7.5 MT/Ha to 8.7Mt/ha in 2009.
Promoting local sourcing
In procuring its raw materials, SABMiller combines the scale advantages of global sourcing with the recognition that using local suppliers can also benefit the business.
Local sourcing means zero import duties and shorter, more secure supply chains while encouraging enterprise and contributing to the local economy on which every SABMiller business depends.
Colombia: Ensuring responsible sourcing of coal in Colombia
Coal is the primary source of fuel at the Bavaria breweries in Valle, Tibitó, Medellín and Boyacá in Colombia. As a significant buyer of coal and as part of its commitment to responsible sourcing, Bavaria undertook a detailed review of its coal suppliers to make sure they were meeting expected quality and production standards, including those relating to working practices and environmental management. Nine suppliers were reviewed as part of this process, which included site visits, against 11 performance standards.
During these visits, there were no cases of child labour identified. All the mines had a responsible person leading the technical and operational work, and the correct mining permits were in place. However, some issues were found relating to the physical condition of the mines themselves and potential issues concerning the health and safety of miners. In each case, the concern was raised with management and improvement plans requested.
Netherlands: Growing Grolsch farming initiative
Growing Grolsch is a sustainable arable farming initiative undertaken by Mouterij Kloosterzande (Grolsch’s malthouse in The Netherlands) and directly linked to the Grolsch brewery’s sustainability programme.
This initiative takes a long-term approach by encouraging sustainable malt barley production throughout the Grolsch value chain. Regular workshops are held with suppliers to encourage them to focus on different elements of sustainability.
For example, in June 2009, Grolsch organised a sustainable agriculture-themed demonstration day for growers of brewing barley. The aim was to raise awareness of sustainable development among growers in Zeelandic Flanders. The event focused in particular on practical ways to promote soil fertility and increase the quality and value of the crop.
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Encouraging enterprise development in our value chains. Why it's a priority for us and the action we're taking in Tanzania.
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SABMiller India's Corporate Affairs Director Sundeep Kumar discusses their 'win win' partnership with smallholder barley farmers in Rajasthan