The company is also one of the world’s largest bottlers of Coca-Cola products, bringing refreshment and sociability to millions of people all over the world whilst doing business in a way that improves livelihoods and builds communities.
SABMiller believes in inclusive growth, knowing that by helping the businesses in its value chains, and their local communities, to grow, its business will grow too. Brewing is traditionally a local business and SABMiller operations cultivate many of the characteristics of a closed-loop system such as:
• increased recycled content of cans and glass bottles;
• nearly 50% of total group beer volumes sold in returnable beer bottles (in Peru, over 90% of beer);
• spent grains from breweries routinely sold locally and used for animal feed, accounting for about 99% of spent brewery grains around the group; and
• methane harvested as bio-gas energy for brewery waste water treatment plants at more than a third of the company’s breweries.
SABMiller is interested in collaborating with governments, corporate partners and civil society initiatives to enhance the circularity of its value chain. The company is aiming to add value to spent raw materials, promote returnable packaging, move towards zero waste operations, reduce packaging material and encourage post-consumer recycling. Scaling up closed- loop initiatives often requires collaboration across sectors, and partners who would not traditionally be expected to join forces for the common good.
The five shared imperatives driving SABMiller’s approach to a sustainable future are:
1. accelerating growth and social development in its value chains;
2. making beer the natural choice for the moderate and responsible drinker;
3. securing shared water resources for the future;
4. creating value through reducing waste and carbon emissions and
5. supporting responsible, sustainable use of land for our crops.