Heineken Embarks On Ambitious 2030 ESG Goals

With the ever rising concern on climate change, many corporations are slowly awakening to a reality whereby more needs to be done especially from bigger organisations in addressing issues related to sustainability and the environment. The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDG) is a charter developed precisely for this purpose, governments and companies can refer to the 17 goals listed as a guiding point for their own initiatives in keeping climate change in check.

The ESG or Environment, Sustainability and Governance adherence were one of the derivation that prompted public listed entities to embark on, as part of their contribution towards balancing profits and corporate responsiility. Heineken a progressive beverage company which had its Brew A Better World program in 2009 is now expanding the initiative with the 2030 Brew a Better World campaign that is seeking to ambitiously commit at driving a positive impact on ESG and the responsible consumption of alcohol.

“For over 150 years, we’ve been passionate about making a positive impact on the world around us. We know that we can only thrive if our people, the planet and the communities around us thrive,” said HEINEKEN’s CEO and Chairman of the Executive Board Dolf van den Brink. Among the initiatives will include, Carbon neutrality, the company will step-up its ambition to decarbonise its production by 2030 and its full value chain by 2040. As part of this effort, the company aims to cut its overall emissions2 by 30% by 2030. It will also implement a Zero waste policy, pledging to eliminate sending waste to landfills from its 166 production sites by 2025. With 90% of its products using water, Heineken will further reduce its average water usage to 2.6 hectoliters per hectoliter (hl/hl) in water stressed areas and 2.9 hl/hl worldwide. The company will also fully balance its water used in products in water-stressed areas as it is doing in Mexico, Spain, Egypt and here in Malaysia.

On issues of diversity, by 2023, 65% of country leadership teams in each region will be comprised of regional
nationals with the aim of enhancing cultural diversity and local leadership representation. Also all managers globally will be trained in inclusive leadership practices with the aim of ensuring all of its more than 80,000 global employees feel a deep sense of belonging. In support of its inclusion commitments, it recently signed France’s most respected LGBT+ inclusion charter. This will also include on the wage equality idea, whereby Heineken will be implementing the concept across the operation countries.

In Malaysia, Roland Bala, Managing Director of Heineken Malaysia Berhad, commented: “As a responsible and progressive brewer, we are committed to Brew A Better World. On the local front, we will be pursuing initiatives that enable us to meet our 2030 global commitments, expanding our use of renewable energy, improving water efficiency, maintaining our achievement in fully balancing the water used in our production, advocating responsible consumption, as well as bringing positive social impact to our communities.”

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