Prosper and the UN Sustainable Development Goals

On 25 September 2015, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all were agreed at the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit.

The SDGs matter to our business. Around the world, through Prosper, we are addressing those sustainable development priorities that are material to our business as well as critical to our stakeholders.

Whilst philanthropy and community investment continue to play a role, our most powerful contribution to the SDGs will be made through our core operations and our value chain – through the jobs we create and sustain, the economic growth and investment that we stimulate, the way we steward natural resources, and the high standards of responsible behaviour that we set for ourselves right across our business.

We have developed a framework to track our contribution to the SDGs, particularly highlighting our impact across different goals, how we adapt to local priorities and our collaboration with stakeholders.

Throughout this report we use this framework to tell the story of the different initiatives through which our business contributes strategically and operationally to the SDGs. We expect this to provide our businesses and stakeholders with a practical approach to inform and support the collaboration that is needed to drive the implementation of the SDGs between now and 2030.

A Sociable World

We want a sociable world where our beers are developed, marketed, sold, and consumed with high regard for individual and community wellbeing. We will make beer the natural choice for the moderate and responsible drinker. Our comprehensive policies help our employees and partners to meet our demanding standards on producing our products to encourage responsible consumption. Our sound principles are backed by programmes to reduce the harmful use of alcohol.

A Clean World

We want a clean world where nothing goes to waste and emissions are dramatically lower. Climate change has far-reaching consequences for our business and the communities where we operate. We will create value through reducing waste and carbon emissions. We will work with suppliers, distributors, retailers, municipalities and consumers to reduce emissions and waste across our value chain, and reuse and recycle waste and packaging.

A Productive World

We want a productive world where land is used responsibly, food supply is secure, biodiversity is protected and our crops can be accessed at reasonable prices. We will support responsible, sustainable use of land for brewing crops. We are creating secure, sustainable supply chains both for malting barley (our key brewing crop) and local brewing crops such as sorghum and cassava. We are helping farmers increase profitability, productivity and social development while reducing environmental impact.

A Resilient World

We are working towards a resilient world where our business, local communities and ecosystems share uninterrupted access to safe, clean water. We will secure shared water resources for our business and local communities. Brewery by brewery, we are building a detailed understanding of water risks. We create partnerships to tackle these risks with those that share them.

A Thriving World

We want a thriving world where incomes and quality of life are growing. We are building global programmes to promote entrepreneurship within and beyond our value chain. We will focus our efforts to target women, those with the lowest income and disadvantaged groups.

Good health and well-being

By 2020, our targets include to: Aim to reach all of our beer consumers with effective communication campaigns and partnerships to encourage moderate and responsible beer consumption. And to support programmes to increase road safety awareness and enforcement, including drinking and driving, and reduce underage drinking.

Climate Action

By 2020 we aim to have achieved a 25% reduction in refrigeration carbon footprint and stopped buying HFC powered fridges.

Responsible Consumption & Production

We have committed to reducing the carbon footprint of our breweries by 2020, using innovative techniques to capture energy sources and reduce energy inputs in the brewing process.

Industry, Innovation & Infrastructure

Although brewing is centuries old and certain elements remain unchanged, there are also significant opportunities for innovation to improve its efficiency and sustainability.

Decent work and economic growth

We aim to create value through reducing waste and carbon emissions. We will continue to divert a very high proportion of brewery waste from landfill and work with partners and innovate to help others create value through the reuse and recycling of our by-products.

Life on Land

By 2020 we aim to improve the barley grown per hectare, while reducing inputs such as water, energy and fertiliser, in key growing areas. Improve productivity of other key brewing crops where we have influence.

Decent work and economic growth

We are helping farmers increase profitability, productivity and social development while reducing environmental impact.

Clean Water & Sanitation

By 2020, we aim to secure the water supplies we share with local communities through partnerships to tackle shared water risks.

Zero Hunger

By 2020 we aim to improve food security for small-scale farmers who supply us in emerging markets by helping them increase their incomes and food production.

Life on Land

By 2020 our target is to have programmes in place to mitigate shared water risks for our key crop origins at risk.

Clean Water & Sanitation

We want a resilient world where our business, local communities and ecosystems share uninterrupted access to safe, clean water.

Reduced inequalities

In building global programmes to promote entrepreneurship within and beyond our value chain, we will focus our efforts to target women, and pay attention to those with the lowest income and disadvantaged groups.

Decent work and economic growth

As part of our work building global programmes to promote entrepreneurship within and beyond our value chain, we are working with partners to measure overall number of enterprises supported, incomes and job quality.

Gender Equality

As part of our work building global programmes to promote entrepreneurship within and beyond our value chain, we are working with partners to better understand and meet the needs of women, and effectively measure our impact on their lives and livelihoods.

Zero Hunger

In many parts of Africa, we buy crops for our beers from smallholder farmers who also grow food for subsistence. By creating a sustainable, vibrant market for their crops, buying from them direct and helping them to improve their yields and food security, we contribute to improved livelihoods and access to better nutrition.

No poverty

By 2020, we aim to directly support more than half a million small enterprises in our value chains to enhance their business growth and family livelihoods.

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Global Goals infographic

Watch the video which shows how SABMiller will contribute to the advancement of the Goals.