Brewing A Better World
Examine our Brewing a Better World sustainability platform a little more closely:
Water is a major component in the production of our brands. Beer is 95% water. It is therefore important that we champion responsible water consumption, especially in the face of rising population, increasing urbanisation and industrialisation. It is estimated that the demand for water will rise steeply in the next two decades.
Our approach to water conservation is two-fold:
› Putting in place a Source Water Protection Plan
› Construction of Waste Water Plants.
Our commitment is to reduce water consumption in our business by 25% to 3.7 hl/hl by 2020. We are already on track to this target. In 2013, we achieved a specific water consumption of 4.99 hl/hl for beer produced, down from 5.6 hl/hl in 2012. This represents a 26% reduction compared with 2008, the baseline year.
Water consumption used for production further improved by 11.42% from the 4.99hl/hl in 2013 to 4.42hl/hl in 2014. Boreholes were rehabilitated in two communities while a Wastewater Treatment Plant was commissioned in our brewery in Aba, Abia State.
Through the implementation of various energy saving programmes, we have significantly reduced our CO2 emissions. Going forward, we remain focused on reducing the total carbon footprint of our operations across the value chain.
We are committed to meeting HEINEKEN’s target of reducing CO2 emission in our breweries by 40% in 2020. Towards achieving this objective, we decommissioned the old diesel power plant in our Lagos Brewery and installed a new natural gas-powered generator; We also installed Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) facilities in our Ibadan and Ama breweries to fuel our boilers.
We installed solar power-powered street lights in our Kaduna Brewery, which reduced fossil fuel-dependent energy requirement for lighting. In addition, we introduced lightweight packaging materials for our soft drinks range in support of green distribution. We have also adopted green cooling technologies. All new fridges purchased are consistent with HEINEKEN guideline on green fridges, which for our market must be LED illuminated and utilizes EMS thermostat.
In 2014, we carried out various initiatives in Reducing CO2 emissions which included the use of compressed natural gas to generate 30% of electricity used by our brewery in Enugu in replacement of LPFO/diesel. The installation of energy efficient motors for our cooling plants in our Lagos and Ota breweries also made positive impact in our drive to reduce energy consumption. Our combined energy consumption for the year was 125.1MJ/hl produced, an improvement of 10.53% over 2013.
Our society continues to witness increasing population, youth unemployment, poverty and food imports. As a response the Nigerian government has begun to pursue agriculture as a major business that will improve food security and provide employment opportunities as well as address the poverty challenge. The efforts to increase agricultural productivity hold a big promise for the society.
As part of our Brewing a Better World program, our raw material development strategy, therefore supports the government’s aspirations for a robust and sustainable food chain. Sourcing our raw materials locally ensures that we touch the lives of our local communities and also support the government’s effort to improve agriculture as a means to achieving national food security. Our local sourcing initiative rest on three legs:
› The Sorghum Value Chain Project
› The Cassava Project
› Packaging Materials.
In line with our commitment to Sourcing Sustainably we signed a Memorandum of Understanding with a Nigerian Company Psaltry International Company Limited and a Dutch NGO, 2SCALE, to facilitate expansion of cassava-based inputs thereby strengthening the participation of smallholder farmers in the local economy. We also signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development on sorghum development in Nigeria. These initiatives are in line with the Agricultural Development Agenda championed by the Federal Government. Almost 100% of our packaging materials are sourced locally and we are committed to the full compliance of our Supplier Code procedure.
As an accountable organisation, we remain resolute in promoting responsible consumption. We collaborate with a wide range of stakeholders in our campaigns in this regard.
Our partnership with the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in the last 6 years through the organisation’s Don’t Drink & Drive campaign which we sponsor is one of such collaborations yielding positive fruits. So far, we have held 31 rallies in various geo-political zones of the country. The aim of the rallies is to educate stakeholders in the transportation sector on safe driving practices and promote responsible consumption of alcohol as well as encourage them to spread the Don’t Drink & Drive message. As part of our 2014 edition of the Don’t Drink & Drive campaign, a Special Marshall unit was inaugurated to show our continuous support to the FRSC in promoting safety on the roads.
We have also published a brochure on the company’s alcohol policy for the use of our staff and all interested members of the public.
As part of our assurance to advocating responsible consumption, we signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the next 5 years with the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) on our Don’t Drink and Drive (DDD) Campaign. A special marshal unit of the FRSC was also inaugurated in our Headquarters in Lagos. We also sustained our ‘Drink it Right’ partnership focused on prevention on consumption of alcohol during pregnancy with the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research and executed the global Heineken Drink More, Dance Slow campaign.
Community Empowerment is the focus of our Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives and it is aligned with our philosophy of “Winning with Nigeria”. Education, sports sponsorship, provision of water through solar powered boreholes, provision of transformers and streetlights as well as roads is some of the ways we are “Winning with Nigeria”.
In 2014, we executed an employee volunteer program across all our brewery locations and headquarters for local communities. Projects executed included cleaning, painting, renovation of schools and career counselling sessions for students. In addition, visits were made to orphanages and motherless babies homes. We also rehabilitated the 9th mile roundabout in Enugu and desilted drainages in Industry Road, Aba. About 2,784 hours was expended on these activities while 928 employees participated. We do hope to sustain this going forward.
Educational projects were executed in both primary and post primary schools in 11 communities across Nigeria through the Nigerian Breweries-Felix Ohiwerei Education Trust Fund. This include construction of 48 new classrooms and 11 libraries as well as the renovation of 21 classrooms. All the classrooms and libraries were equipped with furniture and books provided for the libraries. Donation was made to Pan Atlantic University for the construction of her Faculty of Engineering for undergraduate students and scholarships awarded to students of tertiary institutions.
Our priority on Safety is to have zero accident and zero incident for employees, contractors and third party staff in the work environment. To this end, we introduced e-learning health and safety training for employees and contractors. The training covered aspects of road traffic behaviour, accident reporting, forklift operations and others. We have invested in the construction of befitting clinics, procurement of modern equipment, ready-to-go ambulances as well as adoption of Nigerian Breweries system and processes to meet modern standard hospital requirements.
Code Of Business Conduct
Our business is conducted with integrity and due regard to the legitimate interest of all stakeholders. As part of this, we have adopted policies such as the Code of Business Conduct and Environmental Policy. We show due respect to the relevant laws of the land and ensure that our operations ...