SABMiller calls for greater environmental and social disclosure
7 July 2010
SABMiller, one of the world's leading brewers, is calling on the brewing industry to improve disclosure on environmental and social impacts.
The company is taking a lead by publishing detailed information about the impacts of its own operations around the world, in an online format which allows for greater insight and scrutiny into the country-level performance of its businesses.
In just a few clicks, any visitor to www.sabmiller.com can see which businesses are performing well but also where improvement is needed across SABMiller's ten sustainable development priorities; from improving water efficiency and reducing greenhouse gas emissions, through to discouraging irresponsible drinking and contributing to the reduction of HIV/Aids.
Andy Wales, SABMiller's global head of sustainable development says: "Transparency underpins our approach to sustainable development and our wider business activity. We cannot simply celebrate the success stories; we also need to be honest about areas of weakness. This interactive tool lets consumers, employees, partners and communities see how we are doing in those areas which matter most to them."
SABMiller has developed the Sustainability Assessment Matrix (SAM) to monitor progress against each of its ten sustainable development priorities. To achieve each performance level, a business must meet a series of assessment criteria which includes both quantitative and qualitative measurements.
SABMiller plc is one of the world's largest brewers with brewing interests and distribution agreements across six continents. The group's wide portfolio of brands includes premium international beers such as Pilsner Urquell, Peroni Nastro Azzurro, Miller Genuine Draft and Grolsch, as well as leading local brands such as Aguila, Castle, Miller Lite, Snow and Tyskie. SABMiller is also one of the world's largest bottlers of Coca-Cola products.
In the year ended 31 March 2010, the group reported US$3,803 million adjusted pre-tax profit and group revenue of US$26,350 million. SABMiller plc is listed on the London and Johannesburg stock exchanges.
Ten Priorities. One Future. Through our Ten Priorities for sustainable development, SABMiller will make a difference both locally and globally to enhance the One Future that we all share. A robust
approach to sustainable development underpins our ability to grow and our licence to operate. Furthermore a well-managed growing business is good for wider economic development, leading to greater employment and investment in local economies and communities.
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