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Ten Priorities. One Future.

Local action

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.

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Lightweighting in Honduras

Bottle of Barena beer

Our lightweighting work in Honduras has, on average, achieved a 12.1% reduction in primary packaging weight over a 10-year period.

During that time, Cervercería Hondureña has reduced the glass in its returnable soft drink and lager bottles by 21% and 18% respectively. In 2007, it reduced its usage of PET plastic by 13% to 1 kg of PET plastic per 0.49 hectolitres of beer produced.

It has also increased the amount of recycled material used in its packaging. For example, 30% of the plastic crates used to distribute its products are now made of 100% recycled material.

Fighting litter in Zambia

Advertising poster about respect for the environment

Litter has become a common problem in many communities in Zambia, a situation compounded by the inability of most local authorities to collect and manage it.

In June 2007, the Zambian president, Levy Patrick Mwanawasa, launched a ‘Keep Zambia Clean’ campaign, calling on all citizens and businesses to find ways of curbing the problem.

National Breweries supplies over five million one-way traditional beer cartons every month. These are often thrown into the streets once the beer has been consumed.

National Breweries and its packaging supplier, Nampak Zambia Ltd, have sponsored anti-litter campaigns in the three major cities of Zambia, raising awareness in local communities and encouraging the proper disposal of waste packaging. Programmes have included using local theatre groups to take the message onto the streets and have so far reached over 11,000 people.

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Packaging at Dreher Breweries


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