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Areas of Focus

  • Water withdrawal and risk assessment

    Our water replenishment project in India helped to create a farm pond to support irrigation.
    With reference to the World Resources Institute’s (“WRI”) Aqueduct tool and our internal custom-made water risk tool, we conduct a comprehensive, seven-step watershed management process at breweries located in water-stress areas annually and quarterly to classify each brewery from “Very High-Risk” to “Low to Medium Risk” sites.
  • Water usage

    We implement water reduction measures at all 48 of our breweries to reduce reliance on water withdrawals, while at the same time promoting water conservation within our workforce and breweries to guide water-saving practices.
    We also monitor the supply chain and apply the WRI Aqueduct tool to ensure that our agricultural commodities are not sourced from water-stressed areas or anticipated to face water stress.
  • Water discharges

    We monitor and review relevant regulations and standards in relation to effluent management intended to ensure 100% compliance in our breweries.
    We treat our effluent before discharge to prevent potential impacts associated with water pollutants and ensure that all parameters are within legal limits.
    Our breweries in India are all zero effluent discharge.
  • Water replenishment

    We aim to improve the availability and quality of water where we operate.
    We place high emphasis on China, the most populated country, and India, where many communities have limited access to clean potable water.

Our Goals

100% of our product is in packaging that is returnable or made from majority recycled content



  • Our Ambition

    To improve long-term sustainability across markets and increase public awareness, our business has a fundamental role to play in encouraging our suppliers,customers and consumers to support the circularity of packaging materials. Using the 4R principles –Reduce, Reuse, Recycle,Rethink – we drive our 2025 Sustainability Goals.

Areas of Focus

  • Packaging and Waste Policy

    We work to minimize waste generated at each stage of our packaging life cycle. Our Packaging and Waste Policy guides our operations to avoid redundant consumption,select sustainable alternatives and properly reuse and dispose materials. We believe collaboration with our stakeholders is fundamental to achieving full circularity and we work closely with our suppliers to promoteinnovative circular concepts.
    Our annual Champion Program has a long history in our business and embeds with our commitment to constantlyrethink our packaging. The Champion Program that took place in October allowed us to share, discuss and implement new cost-effective and sustainable solutions.
  • Promoting Sustainable Packaging

    Sourcing packaging materials with high recycled content, supporting recovery and reusing of bottles, lightweighting our packaging, advocating for returnable solutions and educating our consumers on the importance of recycling are our key focuses.

Circular Packaging

  • Our Accomplishments

    65.1% of our volume was in returnable packaging.50.1% of our packaging was made from recycled content (52.4% in glass, 18.3% in cans).
  • Our Initiatives

    Reduced 136.9 tons of aluminum in China by reducing the weight of 300ml aluminum cans.
    Reduced 96 tons of plastic film annually in Korea by reducing the thickness of film packaging.
    Launched South Korea's first beer box packaging using 100% recycled materials
  • Looking Forward

    We will continue to pilot initiatives and work closely with our packaging suppliers to drive lightweighting,returnability, recycled contents and recyclability of our packaging. We will leverage our expertise to influence local governments to support the use of recycled materials in food-grade packaging and recyclers to improve recycling rates. To extend our efforts on secondary packaging and post-consumer waste we seek to transform public attitudes towards waste and circularity.

Our Goals

100% of our communities in high stress areas have measurably improved water availability and quality

  • Our Ambition:

    Roughly 10% of our breweries are located in proximity to watersheds identified as facing “high water stress” in India. Every drop counts and, as the world’s leading brewer, it is our role to work towards water stewardship throughout our operations and value chain. In the reporting year, we have updated our Water Policyemphasizing our commitment to minimizing water discharge, reducing water usage intensity and improving water availability and quality.

Areas of Focus

  • Water withdrawal and risk assessment

    Our water replenishment project in India helped to create a farm pond to support irrigation.
    With reference to the World Resources Institute’s (“WRI”) Aqueduct tool and our internal custom-made water risk tool, we conduct a comprehensive, seven-step watershed management process at breweries located in water-stress areas annually and quarterly to classify each brewery from “Very High-Risk” to “Low to Medium Risk” sites.
  • Water usage

    We implement water reduction measures at all 48 of our breweries to reduce reliance on water withdrawals, while at the same time promoting water conservation within our workforce and breweries to guide water-saving practices.
    We also monitor the supply chain and apply the WRI Aqueduct tool to ensure that our agricultural commodities are not sourced from water-stressed areas or anticipated to face water stress.
  • Water discharges

    We monitor and review relevant regulations and standards in relation to effluent management intended to ensure 100% compliance in our breweries.
    We treat our effluent before discharge to prevent potential impacts associated with water pollutants and ensure that all parameters are within legal limits.
    Our breweries in India are all zero effluent discharge.
  • Water replenishment

    We aim to improve the availability and quality of water where we operate.
    We place high emphasis on China, the most populated country, and India, where many communities have limited access to clean potable water.

Water Stewardship

  • Our Accomplishments

    100% of our sites in APAC have conducted local outreach activities,determined water solutions specific to their community identified appropriate solutions.We have reduced our water use efficiency to 2.47 hl/hl (22% reduction against 2017 baseline).
  • Our Initiatives

    Created over 10 million ml of cumulative water rechargeat high-risk water shedsites.in India Initiated a WaterReturn Community Program in China to return approx.17 million hl of reclaimedwater. We implemented water reduction technology at breweries,including abiologicaltreatment system in China.
  • Looking Forward

    Watershed management, water conservation and effluent management have been and will continue to be key focuses. We will continue our work to review the level of water stress across where we operate in APAC to develop partnerships that improve water availability and quality (especially in areas facing water stress), and to explore solutions for continuous improvement through our innovative R&D and collaboration with key stakeholders including industry players.

Our Goals

100% of our purchased electricity comes from renewable sources &
25% reduction of carbon emissions across our value chain





  • Our Approach

    As we seek to transition to a more sustainable, low carbon economy, we aim to have a clear understanding of risks and opportunities related to climate change. We have conducted a preliminary review of where physical and transition climate-related risks are more prominent in the APAC region and influential to our value chain. Going forward we will be using the recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (“TCFD”) and conducting a comprehensive assessment.

    In FY21, we continued to work toward our 2025 Climate Action Goals while also looking ahead to our ambition toachieve net zero by 2040.From renewable energy to packaging and end-of-lifesolutions, we aim to innovate and create efficiencies that can deliver progress.

Areas of Focus

  • Purchased Electricity from Renewable Sources

    ·While we endeavor to install on-site renewable sources as far as practicable, procuring offsite renewable electricity is a big part of our strategy to ensure we can meet our goal of 100% renewable electricity. There are of course policy and infrastructure constraints in many local markets. Therefore, we strive to collaborate with various partners and local governments to put in place adequate policies that support renewable electricity.


    ·In China, we have three breweries that achieved RE 100, namely, Wuhan, Ziyang and Kunming. Wuhan brewery will realize carbon neutrality by the end of 2021, which will be the global first within AB-Inbev. There will be another six RE100 breweries in 2022. Additionally, we have installed solar panels in 11 breweries across APAC.
  • GHG Emissions Reduction

    Packaging Materials
    Contributing to 42% of our total carbon footprint and therefore we must establish strategies to reduce carbon emissions. We accomplish this, in part, through lightweighting (reducing weight of our bottles and cans), as well as sourcing packaging material made from the majority recycled content. In China, we rolled out a lightweighting project for aluminum cans where approximately 135 tons of aluminum were saved.

    Product Cooling
    We begin the use our scale to source and install more energy-efficient and eco-friendly chillers, coolers and refrigerants. In China, we required that only coolers labeled with Level 1 Energy Efficiency (representing the most energy-efficient models) should be purchased. Similar requirements are applied to our operations in India for chillers.

    Agriculture
    Working closely with our farmers, to build resilience through crop management, improved varieties, and risk mitigation tools, while also exploring how agriculture can be part of the solution to reducing GHG emissions. We also build a soil health framework that can sequester atmospheric carbon dioxide.

    Operations
    We have implemented various measures to improve energy efficiency and reduce carbon emissions in our production and operations. We have replaced coal boilers with natural gas boilers, installed LED lighting and installed biogas collection system to recover a biogas to produce steam that would be reused in the brewing process. The carbon emissions from our operations were reduced by 23% compared to our 2017 baseline.Educating our suppliers on our 2025 Sustainability Goals and encouraging them to implement low-carbon production is one of our priorities. For example, in FY2020, two of our glass suppliers reconstructed their furnaces to burn natural gas instead of coal.

    Logistics
    Logistics accounts for approximately 5% of our total carbon footprint, making the transport industry a prime source for innovative sustainability solutions. We proactively embrace innovation to explore new approaches to achieve:
    1. Green logistics,
    2. Adopt new technologies to drive carbon reduction.
    3. Pushing for the development of clean energy sources.
    Green logistics KPIs are set and reviewed on an annual basis.
    Over the past years, we have been working to curb CO2 emissions in the logistics channel by:
    1. Deploying alternative energy vehicles and electric forklifts,
    2. Upsizing truck capacities,
    3. Reducing shipping distances and
    4. Shifting from road to rail transportation in China.
  • Our Accomplishments

    25.6% of purchased electricity volume was from renewable sources in APAC.
    A reduction of 15.5% in carbon emissions and a 38% reduction in carbon intensity compared to our baseline year 2017 across our value chain.
  • Our Initiatives

    Three of our breweries in China (Ziyang, Wuhan and Kunming) achieved RE100*.Installed solar panels at 11 breweries across APAC.Deployed 300 green vehicles in China's logistics fleet (including 240 liquefied natural gas trucks, 55 electric trucks and 5 hydrogen fuel cell vehicle trucks which are empowered by cutting-edge technology to reduce carbon emissions)Committed to achieving a target of deploying over 50% clean energy trucks by 2025.
  • Looking Forward

    We see ourselves as part of the global climate action to turn pressing climate-related risks into inspiring opportunities that not only reduce our own footprint but also help our value chain and communities to adapt.


    Moving towards net zero, our decarbonization plan will focus more on ways to influence our partners across the value chain. To do so, we will continue to lend support to explore and implement solutions that are advanced, integrated, innovative and nature-based.

Our Goals

100% of our direct farmers are skilled, connected and financially empowered


  • Our Ambition:

    Increasing farmers’ resilience and reducing production volatility through improved breeding and crop management practices is our key focus for our research and agronomy teams. The key to transforming agriculture at scale lies in research, knowledge, technology and financing. We leverage our know-how to advance agricultural development and measure our impact through yields, resource-efficiency, soil health and smallholder incomes.

Areas of Focus

  • Soil Program

    We are building a soil health framework to support our farmers as well as promote biodiversity, water quality, and sequester GHG emissions. As we provide our farmers with the practices and tools they need to understand and improve the quality of their soil, it is important that we stay connected with them to effectively gather insights and tailor recommendations.
  • Biodiversity Program

    Biodiversity loss impacts soil composition and water quality. Both factors affect the yield and quality of crops that we source. We want to better integrate biodiversity strategies across our supply chain. That is why we work with external partners to develop a standardized approach that can be tailored for each market.
  • Smart Agriculture Program

    We strive to continuously improve our products and we are one of the few brewers in the market that has committed to breeding better-quality malting barley.Through our barley programs we focus on enhancing the quality of local products.
  • Promoting Sustainable Agriculture Through Crop Innovation

    Abnormal and extreme weather events have been threatening both the quality and yield of crops due to climate change. We must work with our farming communities to help them maintain a high level of productivity and profitability.

Smart Agriculture

  • Our Accomplishments

    100% of our direct farmers were skilled,100% were connected and 99% were financially empowered.
  • Our Initiatives

    Supported 1,224 farmers in India by the digitalizing supply chain to deploy real-time crop management protocols. Launched "Corona with Lime" rural economic transformation program to support farmers with lime plantation knowledge, technology and irrigation system in China.
  • Looking Forward

    We will continue digitalizing the supply chain to connect with our direct farmers and developing trainings to instil sustainable farming practices. This will help to support their financial empowerment – a long-term goal of ours. We will amplify our efforts placed on local sourcing and.developmental programs assisting farmers in growing their businesses and accessing the financial tools they need. We will increase the coverage of our soil testing program to maximize the potential of our farmers, support a healthy ecosystem and, ultimately, promote biodiversity.