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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.