Anheuser-Busch InBev releases 2009 global citizenship report
Anheuser-Busch InBev (Euronext: ABI) (NYSE: BUD) today announced the publication of its 2009 Global Citizenship Report, its first as a combined company. The report summarizes AB InBev's calendar-year 2008 and 2009 achievements in the focus areas of responsible drinking, lightening environmental impact and giving back to the community. The report is available for viewing and download on AB InBev's website at http://www.ab-inbev.com/go/social_responsibility/global_citizenship_report. 'As a result of the creation of Anheuser-Busch InBev, we now have greater resources to deliver on our Better World dream, including an extensive range of successful programs and best practices that we are implementing in our key markets,' said Carlos Brito, Chief Executive Officer of Anheuser-Busch InBev. 'In 2009, we redefined our Better World pillars - responsible drinking, environment, and community - and developed a new three-year plan with aggressive targets. This report is a testament to the progress we've made over the past two years as we seek to realize our aspiration to be the Best Beer Company in a Better World.' Key global achievements highlighted in the report include:
- In 2008, AB InBev developed and promoted responsible drinking programs in 30 of its markets, a threefold increase compared to 2007 and an effort that continued even stronger in 2009.
- AB InBev translated its pioneering U.S. Family Talk About Drinking program into Chinese, French, Russian, Portuguese and Spanish for employees around the world and is now working to expand the program to consumers in key markets to help prevent underage drinking.
- In March 2010, AB InBev announced bold new global environmental goals that it will achieve by the end of 2012, including a water use target of 3.5 hectoliters per hectoliter of production. Achieving this goal will make AB InBev the most water-efficient global brewer in the world.
- In 2009, AB InBev lightened its impact on the environment by reducing water usage per hectoliter of production by 8.5 percent, reducing the amount of energy per hectoliter of production by 7 percent and reducing CO2 emissions per hectoliter of production by 8.5 percent versus 2008. The Company recycled 98 percent of its waste and brewing byproducts in 2009.
- AB InBev continued its strong support of communities in which it operates through its economic contributions. In 2009, those contributions included: wages and salaries paid to its approximately 116,000 employees worldwide totaling 3.8 billion USD; capital expenditures totaling nearly 1.4 billion USD, with investments in facilities, distribution networks and systems generating jobs and local economic growth; and excise and income taxes paid to governments around the world totaling close to 10 billion USD.
- In addition, the Company supported communities through a variety of initiatives such as providing more than 5 million cans of fresh drinking water to victims of natural disasters in the United States in the past two years, supporting city clean-up efforts throughout Russia and collecting non-perishable food for distribution by non-profit agencies in Brazil.
For the first time, this year's Global Citizenship Report highlights achievements by key zones and countries where AB InBev has a strong operating presence, reflecting the truly global reach of the Company's Better World work. About Anheuser-Busch InBev Anheuser-Busch InBev is a publicly traded company (Euronext: ABI) based in Leuven, Belgium, with an American Depository Receipt secondary listing on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: BUD). It is the leading global brewer and one of the world's top five consumer products companies. A true consumer-centric, sales driven organization, Anheuser-Busch InBev manages a portfolio of well over 200 beer brands that includes global flagship brands Budweiser, Stella Artois and Beck's, fast growing multi-country brands like Leffe and Hoegaarden, and strong 'local champions' such as Bud Light, Skol, Brahma, Quilmes, Michelob, Harbin, Sedrin, Klinskoye, Sibirskaya Korona, Chernigivske, and Jupiler, among others. In addition, the company owns a 50 percent equity interest in the operating subsidiary of Grupo Modelo, Mexico's leading brewer and owner of the global Corona brand. Anheuser-Busch InBev's dedication to heritage and quality is rooted in brewing traditions that originate from the Den Hoorn brewery in Leuven, Belgium, dating back to 1366 and the pioneering spirit of the Anheuser-Busch brewery, which traces its origins back to 1852 in St. Louis, USA. Geographically diversified with a balanced exposure to developed and developing markets, Anheuser-Busch InBev leverages the collective strengths of its approximately 116,000 employees based in operations in 23 countries across the world. The company strives to be the Best Beer Company in a Better World. In 2009, the company realized revenue of 36.8 billion USD. For more information, please visit: www.ab-inbev.com. About Better World Through our commitment to be the Best Beer Company in a Better World, Anheuser-Busch InBev is the beer industry leader in social responsibility initiatives, ranking as the No. 1 brewer in social responsibility in FORTUNE Magazine's 'World's Most Admired' beverage companies' list. Our Better World efforts focus on three pillars: promoting responsible drinking; protecting the environment; and giving back to the communities in which we live and work. Around the world, we develop and implement social responsibility programs and campaigns in partnership with parents, government officials, community organizations, retailers and others. From promoting responsible drinking messages on some of the world's most watched television programming, to turning coconut husks into renewable energy to fuel our breweries, to volunteering in the community, Anheuser-Busch InBev and its employees are committed to making a difference. For more information about Anheuser-Busch InBev and Better World, please visit: www.ab-inbev.com.