Sustainable Development Report 2016

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2016 Performance highlights


Group net producer revenue
(2015: US$26,288m)


Annual savings through water and energy efficiency initiatives compared with 20102


of sugar sourced from sugarcane meeting sustainable standards (2015: 5.1%)


small businesses supported to date across our value chain


The proportion of group EBITA from developing markets


Brands have adopted sustainable development activities


EBITA (2015: US$6,367m)


Hectolitres (hl) volume3


Female managers and executives(2015: 29.6%)

Our five shared imperatives are aligned with 12 of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals.


hl water/hl lager (2015: 3.3hl/hl)


locally tailored programmes to tackle alcohol-related harm worldwide

8.9 ˆ

kgCO2e/hl lager (2015: 9.4 kg CO2e/hl)

Footnotes to the performance highlights (33KB)

Embedding Prosper across our business

Putting Prosper at the heart of our business enables us to drive growth and commercial results, while making a sustained and measurable difference to the communities in which we operate”

Joint statement by Dambisa Moyo, Chairman of CARAC, a committee of the board, and Alan Clark, Chief Executive

Our five shared imperatives

Our shared imperatives tackle the most material issues for our business. They give us global focus and alignment, while allowing local markets to respond to local needs. These imperatives are ‘shared’ because we can only tackle joint risks in partnership with those who also face them.

By working together with local communities, suppliers, governments, consumers and beyond, we can develop shared opportunities to the benefit of all.

A thriving world summary

We will accelerate growth and social development through our value chains

Headline 2020 target

Directly support more than half a million small enterprises to enhance their business growth and family livelihoods



We have direct buying or selling relationships with more than 1.5 million small enterprises around the world.

Grant Harries

Bavaria S.A., Colombia

“Bavaria’s business has been built to help others prosper with us.”

A sociable world summary

We will endeavour to make beer the natural choice for the moderate and responsible drinker

Headline 2020 target

Aim to reach all of our beer consumers with effective communication campaigns and partnerships to encourage moderate and responsible beer consumption


of employees worldwide have received alcohol responsibility training within the past three years.

Paolo Lanzarotti

Managing Director
Plzensky Prazdroj, Czech Republic

“Czechs are increasingly seeking non-alcoholic drinks for a variety of occasions. We launched Birell as a non-alcoholic alternative to traditional beer.”

A resilient world summary

We will secure shared water resources for our business and local communities

Headline 2020 target

Secure the water supplies we share with local communities through partnerships to tackle shared water risks


78 breweries across 30 countries have completed intensive water risk assessments, covering 99.3% of our lager volumes

Shalabh Seth

Managing Director
SABMiller India

“Our challenge, as a country and as a company, is to build our partnerships to a scale where they can change the status quo.”

ˆ Information for the year ended 31 March 2016 has been subject to limited assurance by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.

A clean world summary

We will create value through reducing waste and carbon emissions

Headline 2020 target

Reduce the carbon footprint per litre of beer across our value chain by 25%1; including a reduction by 50% within our breweries, by 25% across our packaging, and by 25% across our refrigeration carbon footprint


of our beer is sold in returnable bottles or kegs.

Annabelle Degroot

Managing Director
Zambian Breweries Plc

“Like many cities around the world, Lusaka’s waste infrastructure has struggled to keep pace with a growing population.”

* Against a 2010 base.

A productive world summary

We will support responsible, sustainable use of land for brewing crops

Headline 2020 target

Ensure the sourcing of our crops measurably improves both food security and resource productivity


farmers reached through our Go Farming strategy in Africa.

Thinus van Schoor

Head, Agriculture and Maltings,
SABMiller Africa

“A sustainable local barley supply is critical to our business model and to the livelihoods of thousands of South Africans.”

Valuing and empowering
our people summary

Our success is driven by each of the thousands of people we employ around the world.


of The South African Breweries (Pty) Ltd workforce is from previously disadvantaged groups.

Katharina Stenholm

CEO, SABMiller Procurement

“Our ambition is for 80% of our spend to be with accredited suppliers by 2020.”

Assuring our approach

Third party commentary
We work in partnership with a wide range of stakeholders worldwide to drive progress on our shared imperatives. We have asked key partners to provide commentary on work we have undertaken together, and on where there are opportunities for future collaboration.

Insight and assurance
We have worked with PwC to provide limited assurance on selected information contained in our Sustainable Development Report. This year, we also we also commissioned PwC to apply its ‘Inspiring Trust Through Insight’ concept to provide insight into the maturity of some of our key Prosper metrics.

Transparency and ethics
We believe that high standards of ethical behaviour are fundamental to our long-term future. Our Code of Business Conduct and Ethics provides the overarching basis under which our employees and officers are required to uphold high standards of ethical conduct.