Chicago-based MillerCoors, the joint-venture between London-based SAB Miller plc and Denver-based Molson Coors Brewing Co., released its 2016 Sustainability Report, providing a comprehensive review of the company's 2015 efforts in the areas of alcohol responsibility, environmental stewardship and community investment.
"At MillerCoors, we take our role as a responsible and high-quality corporate citizen very seriously," MillerCoors Chief Executive Officer Gavin Hattersley said in a statement. "Our sustainability commitment to responsibility, to our communities and to our environment is deeply woven into the fabric of our company. We don't treat it as a nice to do, it's a must do for MillerCoors."
The company developed its 2020 goals as a way to continue to positively impact the social, environmental and economic issues that affect the business, employees and stakeholders, it says. Its ongoing sustainability efforts are measured against these goals and focus on the areas where it can make the greatest impact. MillerCoors’ 2020 goals also support a number of the Sustainable Development Goals issued by the United Nations, it adds.
MillerCoors 2016 Sustainability Report highlights accomplishments in three areas: Great Times, Great Environment, and Great People & Communities. In 2015, the brewer made significant strides working with college alliances to help prevent underage access to alcohol. It also partnered with major manufacturers, NGOs and consultancies to form the California Water Action Collaborative, a group dedicated to protecting regional watersheds, it says.
The following are additional 2015 sustainability accomplishments: reducing water usage within its breweries by more than 128 million gallons; reducing its water-to-beer ratio across all direct operations to 3.29:1.00; reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 18 percent compared to 2010; achieving landfill-free operations at eight major breweries and two major manufacturing facilities; donating more than $11.8 million to nonprofits; and cumulatively spending more than $3.48 billion with diverse suppliers since 2008.