“Molson Coors has focused on continuing to improve ‘Our Beer Print‘, which recognizes our impacts on our communities, people and environment. Through 2013 we have developed Our Beer Print further to engage through our brands and partner with our customers to have greater influence and contribute to the company’s growth,” said Peter Swinburn, Molson Coors President and CEO.
This recognition from the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) has always been one of our key measures of success for world class corporate responsibility. As we have moved forward as a business, and as our goals have evolved, so have our Corporate Responsibility ambitions.
You may wonder why this award is different. Well for starters, water means a lot to us. A whole lot. In fact, without great water we couldn’t make great beer. And one of the unique properties about water is that water is a very local issue. Good quality water has driven where our breweries are located around the globe; whether it’s St. John’s in Canada, Golden in the USA or Burton on Trent in the UK, we have brewed in these locations simply because the water is famous with the beers produced.
This makes water a local and community issue. If we use too much, or mistreat it, we have to recognize the impact on our neighbours and communities. We have worked with our communities around the globe to ensure that we are respecting and preserving the watershed in which we operate, for both our future use, but also for those of future generations of communities.
Aside from water being one of our most important ingredients in our beers, it also is vital in producing a second important ingredient; our barley. And we treat our barley growers as another aspect of our broader community. Indeed they suffer the same challenges around water availability around the globe. There’s always too much, or too little. We have worked with our growers to provide support, tools, education and share best practice around how they can harness when there is too much, and be efficient when too little.
Find out more details about our entry here, or get more familiar with our water story by following us on Twitter @EveryRipple!
Marjolaine Deslauriers et moi-même avons eu le plaisir d’assister hier soir à la soirée des Prix Estim de la Chambre de commerce de l’Est de Montréal où Andrew Molson a reçu le prix Orchidée. Le prix Orchidée est remis annuellement à une personne afin de reconnaître leur apport remarquable au développement économique et social de l’Est de Montréal. Une phrase provenant du programme souvenir explique bien pourquoi ce prix lui a été décerné: ‘M. Molson est un homme accessible, généreux, attentif et qui redonne dans sa communauté. Merci de votre engagement!’
Il est photographié en train de recevoir de Mme Carole Bellon, Présidente du conseil d’administration de la Chambre de commerce de l’Est de Montréal, le prix Orchidée.
Au nom de tous les employés de Molson Coors, félicitations Andrew!
Marjolaine Deslauriers and I were honored to attend an event last night organized by the Montreal East Chamber of Commerce where Andrew Molson received the “Orchidée” award. The “Orchidée” award is presented annually to an individual in recognition of their outstanding contribution to the economic and social development of Montreal East. A quote from the souvenir program explains well the reason why he received this award: “Mr. Molson is accessible, generous, attentive and gives back to the community. Thank you for your commitment!”
Andrew is pictured receiving the “Orchidée” award from Carole Bellon, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Montreal East Chamber of Commerce.
On behalf of the Molson Coors employees, congratulations Andrew!
The sound of morning birds high in the trees singing their early morning calls…toss and turn at 453 am…dog out to do it’s business…coffee on and i thought, “why not sit down and write a spring blog”. After all, three days of 20 degree + celsius and it actually feels like spring has sprung in Toronto. I must also admit that some other factors contribute to this overwhelming shift in season for me. Obviously with the NHL playoffs commencing this week, after what might have been a lost season, the city is truly excited. I was blown away by the sea of blue and white downtown and on the subway on Wednesday night. Love to see the community spirit. As a partner with the Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens we actually celebrated a little playoff BBQ at our head office on Tuesday, just to get the team in the spirit of spring playoffs. Our President Stewart Glendinning and Chief Legal and People Officer Kelly Brown and fellow leadership team members helped host staff over the lunch hour…a little competitive spirit added of course. And we can’t forget our third sponsored club in the first round of playoffs of course - Ottawa Senators.
Stewart and Kelly hosting
And then of course there is the return of the summer rep. Gosh, 32 years ago I sat in a similar seat as a young representative from northwestern Ontario. It was the summer of the Jeux Canada Games in Thunder Bay. What a grounding experience that has carried friends and memories for me across my entire 29 career at Molson Coors. A toast to our returning summer reps and those who have just joined us. I know that they will represent us well at events and promotions coast to coast to coast and always flying the responsible choices banner as they go about their business.
Another sign of spring is the annual Randstad awards night. Randstad does a great job at reaching out to 7000 prospective employees across the country to assess the attractiveness of 150 employees. Proudly Molson Coors ranked eleventh this year. A special treat this year was Debbie Travis presenting her “ten commandments” for success. Inspiring and entertaining to say the least !
A toast to our employees and all that they do to carry the passion, commitment and drive for our business…over the past 227 years. Now that’s heritage. Naturally we are nothing without those who carry our products to market and the beer drinkers who support us at the taps, retail store or your favourite drinking occasion. We appreciate and value your business.
And of course the beer business and all that we face in regulations, taxes, mark ups. Provincial budgets are another sign of spring and the Ontario budget was filed yesterday by the Wynne government in Ontario. Good news for beer drinkers and customers in Ontario is that there is not any increase in the beer taxes. Now that’s worth a toast on a sunny day at the legislature with blossoms in bloom at the memorial to Queen Victoria !
Another sign of spring is the renewed commitments to community. Across this great land we engage with community leaders in so many ways. Whether they are local festivals and events designed to instill community spirit and celebrate the arts, local sports events and team get togethers or support for a charity or not for profit of choice. The Beer Store in Ontario will be undertaking their annual drive for Leukemia. Hats off to them and their union membership and Beer Store customers who donate their empties and the difference that they make in our community. May 25th and 26th please donate your empty deposit refunds.
Perhaps you have a thought on spring being sprung. I hope you’ll share it. A toast to you and yours this spring weekend. No doubt we’ll all be seeking a patio, a television screen to watch playoffs and some great quality time with family and friends as the weather warms. Cheers to a great wrap to the week and start to the weekend. @MolsonFerg
The Montreal brewery, in Canada, has once again demonstrated that it is possible to brew good beer and to be green.
In February, Molson Coors took top honours in the ‘Industrial or Manufacturing Process — $5 million and over’ category at the Énergia 2012 awards organized by the Energy Management Association of Quebec (AQME).
The contest recognizes achievements in building energy efficiency, technological innovation, industrial and manufacturing processes, as well as transport, integrated management and greenhouse gas reduction. Of the 48 projects selected as finalists, 16 received awards.
For Molson Coors, it was facilities retrofit work providing for reduced energy and water consumption that earned the company this prestigious award. Work carried out extended to 4 buildings and covered and area of some 475 000 ft2. In total, some hundred air handling units, air heaters, air evacuators and recovery devices were retrofitted or replaced. Existing equipment was between 20 and 40 years old, with some no longer in optimal working order.
Energy savings achieved:
Water consumption was reduced by 9 200 000 litres a year through the elimination of water-cooled air conditioning units.
Natural gas consumption was reduced by 1 562 800 cubic metres a year, thereby trimming CO2 emissions by 2955 tons a year.
Electricity consumption was reduced by about 1 609 400 kWh a year.
Over and above the environmental benefits, reduced operating costs have enhanced both profitability and performance at our Montreal brewery!
Congratulations to the entire team of individuals responsible for this project!