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Partnering to protect watersheds

Silver Creek Valley in Idaho

In the US, water is a top priority for MillerCoors because of the impact is has on production and the supply of raw materials.

In 2010, we began working with The Nature Conservancy (TNC) to safeguard the watershed and improve habitats in the barley-growing Silver Creek Valley in Idaho. We developed a watershed conservation plan which included projects such as fencing and planting along streams to prevent damage and contamination by livestock and agriculture and coordinating monitoring programmes with landowners. We also worked with farmers to help them improve their water efficiency through retrofitting irrigation pivots. This led to a 20% reduction in overall usage.

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Promoting diversity at MillerCoors

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At MillerCoors we believe that a more diverse workforce drives better business performance.

We want to increase the number of women in senior roles. Currently women represent 20% of all vice-president and executive-level positions at MillerCoors. We are taking three steps in an effort to increase women advancement in the company:

First, we're seeking to hire more women. We encourage our recruiters to look for talented female candidates and this year 62% of all candidate lists for new hires had at least one woman. During the year 83% of people hired through our Sales Management Development Program were women, creating a strong pipeline of female talent for senior roles in the future.

Secondly, we aim to provide a supportive environment for personal growth. Each of our functions has guidelines and principles for promoting greater flexibility, introducing new ideas such as telecommuting. This year the average number of training hours completed by women increased by almost 50%.

Thirdly, women are encouraged to share their own experiences with others – through group mentoring, for example. The results speak for themselves. Of the 115 women who have participated in group mentoring since 2010, 36 have been promoted and 30 have made lateral moves to develop broader or deeper skills.

Michelle Nettles, Senior Director for Business Diversity and Partnerships, MillerCoors