Anheuser-Busch InBev commits to 2025 Sustainability Goals
Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev), Leuven, Belgium, announced its commitment to 2025 sustainability goals focused on four areas: renewable electricity and carbon reduction, water stewardship, smart agriculture, and circular packaging.
The delivery of the goals will have wide-reaching impact that includes connecting thousands of farmers to technologies and skills, ensuring water access and quality in high-stress communities, partnering with suppliers to increase recycling content, and adding renewable electricity capacity to regional grids, the company said.
“We take great pride in our sustainability efforts and our long history of striving to be good stewards of the environment. Now, we are challenging ourselves to do more,” said Michel Doukeris, chief executive officer of Anheuser-Busch, in a statement. “Our company has been around for 165 years, and these goals will ensure that we continue to make meaningful contributions toward building strong communities and a healthy environment for the next 165 years.”
Having achieved previous sustainability goals, the company vows to continue to advance its environmental and social commitments, as well as to introduce new programs that have a positive impact on the communities they operate in.
The global brewer says its newly created 100+ Sustainability Accelerator will enable the company to enlist scientists, technologists and budding entrepreneurs around the world to identify and build scale solutions.
Powered by ZX Ventures, the 100+ Sustainability Accelerator will run annual boot camps in nine markets followed by a 10-week program for select entrepreneurs to test and scale solutions. The first set of challenges will be announced in June, it adds.
The 2025 Sustainability Goals are listed as follows:
■ Smart agriculture: 100 percent of the company’s direct farmers will be skilled, connected and financially empowered
■ Water stewardship: 100 percent of communities in high stress areas will have improved water availability and quality
■ Circular packaging: 100 percent of products will be in packaging that is returnable or made from mostly recyclable content
■ Climate action: 100 percent of purchased electricity will be from renewable sources as well as a goal of 25 percent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions across its value chain. BI