As an importer of premium beer brands, our business does affect the environment. We are also part of the wider SABMiller value chain which is responsible for the production of our beers – from sourcing raw materials through to brewing and packaging our products. Although we are not a large emitter of carbon dioxide relative to other industries, we have a responsibility to demonstrate leadership and to facilitate the necessary shift to a low-carbon economy. With the increased use of financial tools and regulations to encourage emissions reductions we also have a business interest in maximising our carbon efficiency. This also holds true for other environmental impacts related to our business.
We are working on a number of initiatives, including: understanding and reducing our carbon footprint, reducing our primary and secondary packaging, encouraging recycling, and raising awareness and engendering behaviour change amongst our employees. We are also pleased to highlight some of the work of our source breweries at our sister companies in Europe, all of which are part of the wider SABMiller commitment to reduce water use per litre of beer by 25% by 2015.