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Our Sustainability Story

HEINEKEN has been around for over 150 years, and we intend to be around for another 150 years by making a difference in society.

As the UK’s leading pub, cider and beer business, the way we make and serve our products can have a significant impact on our customers, communities and the environment. And so working sustainably and responsibly is fundamental to how we do business. It’s how we can protect the future of our business and our planet.

Brewing a Better World is our sustainability strategy. It helps to focus our efforts so we’re able to make a real difference. From growing the barley and apples that go into our beers and ciders, to working with our customers who serve a quality chilled pint – sustainability is embedded right across our value chain.

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Our Sustainability Story

As the UK’s leading pub, cider and beer business, the way we make and serve our products can have a significant impact on our customers, communities and the environment. And so working sustainably and responsibly is fundamental to how we do business. It’s how we can protect the future of our business and our planet.

Brewing a Better World is our sustainability strategy. It helps to focus our efforts so we’re able to make a real difference. From growing the barley and apples that go into our beers and ciders, to working with our customers who serve a quality chilled pint – sustainability is embedded right across our value chain.

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Our Focus Areas

Reducing CO2 Emissions
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Reducing CO2 Emissions
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Protecting Water Resources
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Protecting Water Resources
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Sourcing Sustainability
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Sourcing Sustainability
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Growing with Communities
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Growing with Communities
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Tackling Alcohol Harm
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Tackling Alcohol Harm
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Promoting Health and Wellbeing
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Promoting Health and Wellbeing
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We’re making good progress towards our 2020 commitments and recognise we’ve more work to do in some areas. See below our progress versus our targets.

2020 Global Commitment Unit 2018 Target 2018 Result Performance
Water Consumption:
reduce water consumption per hl produced by 30%
hl/hl 3.5 3.21
Wastewater Treatment:
all wastewater treated on site or by a third party
# All sites All sites
2020 Global Commitment Unit 2018 Target 2018 Result Performance
CO2 in Production:
reduce CO2 consumption in production by 40%
CO2eq/hl 4 3.11
CO2 in Distribution:
Reduce CO2 emissions from distribution by 20%
CO2eq/hl 2.57 2.58
Green Cooling:
Reduce CO2 from cooling by buying 100% green fridges
% 100% 100%
2020 Global Commitment Unit 2018 Target 2018 Result Performance
Supplier Code:
level of compliance with 4 step Supplier Code procedure
% 95% 98%
Sustainable Agriculture:
% of barley sourced from sustainable sources
% 100% 100%
Sustainable Agriculture:
% of apples sourced from sustainable sources
% 50% 79%
2020 Global Commitment Unit 2018 Target 2018 Result Performance
Partnership:
relevant and active partnership on alcohol misuse
Yes/No Yes Yes
Responsible consumption:
10% of Heineken® media spend for responsible consumption advertisement
% 10% 10%
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Reporting

We publish regular updates to show our progress on our sustainability commitments. You can view and download them here.

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Global Sustainability

Find out more about our global sustainability ambitions and how we’re Brewing a Better World in many other countries.

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