Farming Better Futures
In Africa we have made a commitment to increase the local sourcing of raw materials to 50% by 2014. We're creating completely new beer brands brewed with locally grown crops. Across the continent, SABMiller works with a broad spectrum of farmers from large-scale commercial growers to near-subsistence smallholders to boost yields, incomes and economic growth. By pioneering the use of traditional crops such as sorghum and cassava in brewing, we're opening up new opportunities, markets and sources of income for local farmers and communities. In Uganda, the demand for sorghum has increased from 1,600 tons in 2003 to 8,500 tons per annum today. This provides an improved standard of living for farmers along with schooling and health-care for their families.
In 2011 we launched the world's first commercially-made cassava beer in Mozambique. In Ghana, the introduction of cassava beer this year gives consumers of illicit and informal alcohol an affordable, quality alternative. It also provides a new income stream for farmers previously working at subsistence level and a new source of revenue for government.
In Poland, together with other national brewers, Kompania Piwowarska has made a pledge to purchase hops from Polish farmers, starting from the 2013 harvest. In the coming years, locally-grown hops will meet more than 90% of the country's brewing industry demands.
Besides farming, the distribution and sales of our products support thousands more livelihoods. In Latin America and South Africa, our operations have launched programmes to help improve the businesses of thousands of small distributors and retailers through capacity building, technical assistance and financial inclusion. In 2014, we will start a new and ambitious regional programme for retailers in Latin America with support from the Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF) of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)
We recognise that we cannot do this alone; nor can enterprise thrive without all the necessary conditions in place to ensure a supportive environment. We therefore aim to build supportive ecosystems that bring partner organisations together to collectively tackle systemic challenges and enable entrepreneurs and enterprises to thrive through access to the right resources, finance, know-how and markets.
In April 2013 we launched an Entrepreneurship Platform to promote, support and help to modernise the entrepreneurship capabilities – and invest in improving the competitiveness – of small suppliers in the countries where we operate.
We're committed to raising ethical and environmental standards in our supply chain and working with suppliers to improve working practices – all of which fosters better relationships and reduces our risks.
This year SABMiller Procurement launched a new Supplier Code of Conduct and Sustainable Development Standards covering the protection of human rights and labour standards, transparency and business ethics and environmental impact. These are aligned to the International Labour Organisation's core conventions and the United Nations Global Compact.
As a member of SEDEX, the Supplier Ethical Data Exchange, and AIM-PROGRESS, a cross-sector forum that promotes responsible sourcing, we work collaboratively to improve supplier standards and share best practices. Two thirds of our global suppliers' sites have been self-assessed against our standards using SEDEX.
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