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Innovation and new technology saves water

A man checks a water pipe

In recent times, Accra Brewery has implemented a number of measures and embarked on innovative ways to use water more efficiently.

Notable actions and measures completed have included the installation of new water meters in all user departments to allow for more accurate monitoring and control of water usage. A new Brominator has also been installed which removes slime in pasteurizer water to reduce the frequency at which Pasteurizer water is dropped and replaced with fresh water.

In addition to these installations, the Brewery has purchased a cooling tower to recycle pasteurizer water which is expected to reduce water consumption by 10-15% as it uses water recycled from the manufacturing process.

Intensive campaign improves brewery efficiency

Tanzania Breweries building

Dar es Salaam, the capital of Tanzania, is facing long-term water shortages, exacerbated by problems with the distribution network. Water quality can also be poor with high levels of groundwater salinity.

In response to these local conditions, Tanzania Breweries have launched an intensive, on-going in-house campaign to use less water to brew beer. In addition, they have set themselves a target to use 4.5 litres of water to brew a litre of beer.

The company recently installed a state-of-the-art electronic energy-management system and implemented a brewery-wide awareness campaign for its employees. The campaign includes a specially designed comic to bring water-saving message to everyone and aims to involve employees in both water awareness and data collection.

Tanzania Breweries are part of the Water Futures partnership with the WWF which aims to engage with local stakeholders and build schemes to protect water in Dar es Salaam.

As well as improvements in water efficiency, Tanzania Breweries have also set up water points at their breweries so that the communities living nearby have access to a clean and reliable water supply. Currently, it is estimated that more than 10 cu.m of water is collected from these points per day.

Campaign to clear up the streets

Litter-wise poster

Litter is a common problem in many communities in Zambia, a situation that is compounded by the public at large attitude towards litter that is difficult to change. National Breweries Plc supplies their product Chibuku Shake Shake in one-way traditional beer cartons which are often thrown into the streets once the beer has been consumed. In response to this, National Breweries Plc has initiated an anti-litter campaign which has included the placement of anti-litter posters in English and two other local languages.

In addition, the campaign has also included radio programmes and radio jingles in three languages in a bid to further sensitise people on the need to throw rubbish in designated areas.

For this campaign, National Breweries have worked closely with the Ministry of Local Government and Housing, the local councils and the Environmental council of Zambia.

Promoting local sourcing

Workers ploughing a field

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.

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Nurturing budding entrepreneurs

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In Angola, Coca-Cola Bottling Sul de Angola SARL (CCBSA) is the main sponsor of the Junior Achievement Project in Huila Province. Young people in four schools are challenged to create small businesses and to trade their goods at a flea market.

Over a three-month project, youngsters learn how to establish and administer their own mini-companies as well as how to market their own products.

By learning these new skills, the children were able to find out what it takes to be an entrepreneur. As well as sponsoring the project, representatives from CCBSA also volunteer to spend time as facilitators in the schools.

Clean water for farmers

Children drink from a new borehole

Nile Breweries have expanded their CSI water programme to sorghum and barley farmers to provide them with access to clean water.

Each year during the three year project, worth $120,000, the company will provide four boreholes to selected sorghum and barley farming communities in different Ugandan districts that grow the two crops.

Nile Breweries handed over the first four boreholes drilled during 2009 to the benefiting communities on November 11th 2009 at Ocapa, Soroti District, eastern Uganda, in a ceremony presided over by the Minister of State for Water, Jennifer Namuyangu.

A holistic approach to tackling HIV

St Francis Health Care Services building

In Uganda, Nile Breweries works with small and medium-sized enterprises, farmers, truck drivers and even the bartenders who sell its products. The programme includes awareness and prevention education, VCT and the provision of antiretroviral therapy as needed. In expanding from the workplace into the community, Nile Breweries has ensured that the farmers many of whom are females are trained as peer educators to be able to work within their own groups and they were given bicycles to enable them to travel more easily.

To date, 320 peer educators have been trained to promote HIV/AIDS awareness within sorghum farming communities, reaching over 4,000 farmers. Training was provided in home-based care for those community members who had sick relatives and children orphaned by HIV and AIDS were provided with bedding, school books and psychosocial support.

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Project Mama raises awareness of HIV/Aids

A shirt is presented to a tavern mama

In Malawi, Chibuku Products Ltd owns over 40 beer halls or taverns where local people, usually men, come to drink. Each is operated by a committee of local women or ‘tavern mamas’. Over the past year a project has been undertaken in partnership with MANASO, a national networking organisation for AIDS service organisations in Malawi to train 62 mamas as peer educators at three taverns in Lilongwe.

The primary objective was to raise awareness of HIV/Aids amongst these women to dispel many of the myths around the disease, and for them in turn to share this information with men using the taverns. This included providing information libraries and counseling services linked to each tavern. Feedback from this work has been positive and as a result MANASO are seeking to roll the programme out to all taverns.

Leadership programme in Africa

A group of 'potential leaders'

In Africa, we have implemented an Accelerated Leadership Programme for our potential future leaders in the region. This is modelled on our wider Global Action Learning Programme, but has been specifically tailored for employees working in Africa. The aim was to expose 28 potential leaders from across the region to a range of real-life business challenges to help them develop themselves, while also making a valuable contribution to business growth. Five projects were undertaken for local businesses in Botswana, Ghana, Malawi, Mozambique and Uganda. The findings of this work were then presented to senior management in the Africa region and management from each participating country.

On completion of the programme, 96% of participants said that they would recommend the programme to others. Importantly, it has provided a mechanism for sharing learning across the region, with 90% of participants saying they had used the network developed during the programme and 88% have shared the skills and knowledge they learnt with others. 88% also said that the programme had made them more effective in their job.

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Engaging with policy makers

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We have continued our efforts to engage with governments, business leaders, NGOs and experts on HIV/AIDs issues.

In May 2009 we co-hosted a roundtable discussion on HIV/Aids, with the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Uganda to the UN in Geneva.

This round table was the eighth in a series of similar stakeholder conversations arranged by SABMiller over the course of the past three years. These events allow for a productive sharing of ideas and a frank exchange of views, and provide SABMiller with a valuable opportunity to hear stakeholder opinions about an issue of core interest to SABMiller’s business and to respond.

The event was attended by representatives from Business Action for Africa, UNAIDS, The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and the WHO. Such discussions give us valuable insight for formulating future plans.

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Leadership programme in Africa

A group of potential leaders

In Africa, we have implemented an Accelerated Leadership Programme for our potential future leaders in the region. This is modelled on our wider Global Action Learning Programme, but has been specifically tailored for employees working in Africa. The aim was to expose 28 potential leaders from across the region to a range of real-life business challenges to help them develop themselves, while also making a valuable contribution to business growth. Five projects were undertaken for local businesses in Botswana, Ghana, Malawi, Mozambique and Uganda. The findings of this work were then presented to senior management in the Africa region and management from each participating country.

On completion of the programme, 96% of participants said that they would recommend the programme to others. Importantly, it has provided a mechanism for sharing learning across the region, with 90% of participants saying they had used the network developed during the programme and 88% have shared the skills and knowledge they learnt with others. 88% also said that the programme had made them more effective in their job.