Partnerships

We work in partnership with a wide range of stakeholders worldwide to drive progress on our shared imperatives.

Tackling water scarcity and quality issues requires collaboration between governments, affected communities, businesses, and other stakeholders. For example, in South Africa, we are taking a leading role in the Strategic Water Partners Network (SWPN), through which government and the private sector are working together to address pressing water challenges.

We believe that by building strong partnerships we can create better solutions and make a greater difference in our markets than if we worked alone.

There is little doubt that we are facing significant challenges with regards to our global water resources, and there is a sense of urgency to act now to ensure we can reset an unsustainable future trajectory. This can only be done through collective consensus with all stakeholders and it is companies such as SABMiller, working through the WRG, which are helping to forge this way forward.
Anders Berntell |Executive Director, 2030 Water Resources Group

WWF

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In partnership with WWF, we were one of the early pioneers of water footprinting in the brewing industry. We use this value chain approach to water quantification and risk analysis to identify and focus our actions on specific issues relevant to breweries most at risk. Building on this work, we have launched a number of initiatives across the group, with key partners such as WWF, which not only contribute to mitigating the water risks to our facilities but also the communities in which we operate. WWF has also been a key partner in helping further our knowledge, as well as contributing to a broader public discourse on some of the challenges we face around water resources. At a global level, this year we formalised a new alliance with our longstanding partner, World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). As well as reviewing our water risk assessment process and advising how it can be strengthened, WWF is working with us to structure and resource local action plans, and to shape broader water governance to support shared water security.

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Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable (BIER)

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BIER is a partnership of leading global beverage companies working together to advance the standing of the beverage industry in the realm of environmental stewardship. The partnership was formed in 2006 and is facilitated through member-hosted roundtable meetings and working groups on key environmental issues.

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The Nature Conservancy

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The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is the leading conservation organisation working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. MillerCoors in the USA is working with TNC to protect its local watersheds, as well as to educate and improve the practices of its suppliers in an effort to protect freshwater systems vital to its business and to surrounding communities and wildlife. SABMiller is also active in a number of Water Funds within Latin America. These funds effectively pool money from downstream water users and donors to pay upstream stakeholders that have an impact on water resources to implement projects and practices that help ensure continuous access to clean water. Our subsidiaries Backus, Cervecería Nacional and Bavaria are also working with TNC in Peru, Ecuador and Colombia.

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The International Water Stewardship Programme

The International Water Stewardship Programme (IWaSP) is a partnership run by GIZ, the German development agency, and co-financed by DFID, the UK development agency, which promotes collaboration between civil society, the private sector and governmental actors to develop effective strategies to improve community resilience to water stress. SABMiller currently has two partnerships under the IWaSP programme in South Africa and Zambia, working on a range of issues such as the protection of water sources to sustainable agriculture.

The International Water Stewardship Programme

2030 Water Resources Group

The 2030 Water Resources Group (WRG) is a partnership between public, private and civil society actors which provides a platform to facilitate engagement between stakeholders at a national or state level on water issues of a cross cutting nature. SABMiller is currently actively engaged in three WRG partnerships in South Africa, Tanzania and India. The partnership in South Africa, the Strategic Water partners Network, is the most mature of these partnerships and is currently reviewing some of the country’s pressing water issues such as: improving water efficiency and reducing leakage, managing effluent and wastewater management, and managing agricultural and supply- chain water.

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