Archive for the Employees in the Community category

Thursday, October 17th, 2013

Bringing clean drinking water to Bihar

Our brewery in India is located in the state of Bihar, home to more than 100 million people. Once prosperous, Bihar is now battling issues such as illiteracy, inadequate access to safe drinking water and poor sanitation coverage. Surveys show that only 14% of households have access to a toilet facility and only 8% of Bihar’s 290 schools have water and sanitation resources.

Bihar1  Bihar2(Photo Above: President of Molson Coors International Kandy Anand, and Chairman of Cobra Beer Karan Bilimoria, inaugurating the new well in a village near our brewery in Bihta)

We wanted to improve Our Beer Print and make an impact in our local community, so our team in India partnered with Water For People to build a fresh water well down the street from our brewery. The new well opened last month and will serve 500 families with safe drinking water. Our team also built a new toilet block and hand washing facility at the local school, which is helping to improve attendance.

We are very proud to be part of this project which will save lives, improve education and reduce the number of people suffering from water and sanitation-related diseases.

What is Water For People?

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Water For People looks for creative, sustainable ways to help communities build and maintain their own reliable, safe water systems. Our project is a small part of their Everyone Forever Program, which has some audacious objectives:

  • Increase water supply coverage from 57% to 100% (over 4 years)
  • Increase water and sanitation coverage in schools from 8% to 100%
  • Encourage hygiene behavior change through education

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Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

Community and “Our Beer Print”

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Community Engagement”…sounds impressive doesn’t it! With nearly 30 years at Molson Coors, I’ve come to realize that our commitment to community and desire to keep communities strong and vibrant is something that is at the heart and soul of our company. That heart and soul comes from our people and how we together help contribute to our greater community.

Let’s face it; the beer business is not something you leave at your desk at the end of the day. You take “it” home and out to your community. Whether it’s a social function with friends, an after party to raise funds for a cause, a sponsorship for the local league, a commitment to environmental care, or safe and secure neighbourhoods…the beer business is about community, inherently.

At Molson Coors we have long standing family traditions in giving back. One of our family founders, John Molson said to a group of his people gathered in the early 1800s that “we are all members of a larger community, which depends on everyone playing a part.”

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When I look across our business, I see that as a company and through our people we do play our part. There are numerous examples of where we have invested in our communities as a company with and through our people. In Canada we support our people with a paid day off while volunteering for a non-profit or charitable cause. A similar program exists in the Czech Republic where over 150 employees participated in 2012. At MillerCoors in the USA, employees spent more than 53,000 hours in 2011 supporting their communities. In Canada we match our employee charitable donations to a maximum of $5,000 per annum and double match if our people play a leadership role.

Community engagement examples are numerous and varied across our business.

In Croatia a “Night of the Museums” shines a light on history and heritage. In Bulgaria “My City – My Home” instills civic pride. In Hungary consumers attending festivals learn about being environmentally aware by witnessing beer cans being turned into jewellery. At the Trebjesa Brewery in Montenegro we make donations to local hospitals and persons with disabilities. In Romania we are involved in a campaign to help festivals be more environmentally friendly by informing festival goers about the importance of separating waste. It’s no doubt that our community engagements have contributed to us landing the “top employer” designation in Serbia and Canada.

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In the UK our employees share a passion to make a difference through a commitment to Whizz-Kidz, giving kids with disabilities their own independence. At our head office in Denver we continue to step up efforts for the United Way and at our head office in Montreal, Guy Lafleur Awards encourage youth to undertake excellence in academics and sports.

Community is about connecting together, enjoying a nice cold beer while toasting accomplishments with neighbours, family and friends. Through these occasions and engagement in our community we are all helping to grow our positive Beer Print.

Cheers!
@MolsonFerg

 

« Engagement communautaire »… voilà un terme impressionnant, n’est-ce pas? Durant ma carrière de près de 30 ans chez Molson Coors, j’ai réalisé que notre engagement envers les communautés et notre désir de maintenir la vitalité et le dynamisme au sein de celles-ci constituent le cœur et l’âme de notre entreprise. Cette force vitale provient de nos employés et de nos efforts collectifs pour contribuer au mieux-être des communautés.

Soyons réalistes. Le commerce de la bière n’est pas quelque chose qu’on laisse simplement au bureau à la fin de la journée. La bière est présente à la maison et au sein de votre communauté. Qu’il s’agisse d’une activité entre amis, d’une fête visant à recueillir des fonds pour une cause, de la commandite d’une équipe sportive locale, d’un engagement à protéger l’environnement ou un voisinage sûr… le commerce de la bière touche l’ensemble d’une communauté.

Chez Molson Coors, redonner à la société est une tradition familiale de longue date. Au début des années 1800, John Molson, l’un de nos fondateurs, déclarait à un groupe de ses employés : « Nous faisons tous partie d’une communauté élargie qui dépend de la contribution de chacun ».

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Lorsque je jette un coup d’œil sur nos activités, je vois une entreprise et des employés qui apportent leur contribution. Il y a de nombreux exemples où nous avons investi dans nos communautés en compagnie de nos employés et par leur entremise. Au Canada, nous offrons à nos employés une journée de congé payé lorsqu’ils font du bénévolat pour un organisme sans but lucratif ou de bienfaisance. Un programme similaire existe en République tchèque, où plus de 150 employés ont participé en 2012. Aux États-Unis, les employés de MillerCoors ont consacré plus de 53 000 heures à appuyer leur communauté en 2011. De plus, au Canada, nous versons un montant équivalant aux dons de charité de nos employés, jusqu’à concurrence de 5 000 $ par année, et nous versons un montant équivalant à deux fois les dons de nos employés lorsque ceux-ci jouent un rôle de leadership.

Les exemples d’engagement communautaire sont nombreux et variés à l’échelle de notre entreprise.

En Croatie, la « Nuit des musées » souligne l’histoire et le patrimoine. En Bulgarie, l’événement « Ma ville. Mon chez-moi. » favorise la fierté civique. En Hongrie, les consommateurs qui prennent part à des festivals sont sensibilisés à la cause environnementale en découvrant la transformation de canettes de bière en bijoux. À la brasserie Trebjesa du Monténégro, nous faisons des dons à des hôpitaux locaux et à des personnes handicapées. En outre, en Roumanie, nous participons à une campagne visant à aider les festivals à être plus respectueux de l’environnement en informant les visiteurs de l’importance du tri des déchets. Il ne fait aucun doute que notre engagement communautaire nous a aidés à décrocher le titre de « meilleur employeur » en Serbie et au Canada.

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Au Royaume-Uni, nos employés souhaitent avoir un effet positif en s’engageant à l’égard de Whizz-Kidz, un organisme de bienfaisance qui aide les enfants handicapés à acquérir leur indépendance. À notre siège social de Denver, au Colorado, nous continuons à intensifier les efforts pour aider l’organisme United Way (équivalent américain de Centraide). À notre siège social de Montréal, nous soutenons les Prix Guy-Lafleur qui encouragent les jeunes à viser l’excellence dans leurs études et dans les sports.

La communauté est un rassemblement de citoyens, une occasion de prendre une bonne bière froide tout en soulignant les réalisations en compagnie de nos voisins, notre famille et nos amis. Dans le cadre de ces occasions et de notre engagement à l’égard de la communauté, nous contribuons à accroître notre empreinte positive.

Santé!
@MolsonFerg

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

A Hat Trick of Success for Our Beer Print

This week we found out that Molson Coors has been named Global Beverage Sector Leader on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for the second year as well as maintaining its listing on the World Index for the second consecutive year and North America Index for the third consecutive year.

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“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.

Cheers to Our Beer Print!

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Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

Our Beer Print Month: Alcohol Responsibility

We’re successful when our products are consumed in the right way

We are privileged to work in one of the most dynamic, exciting branded industries I can think of. I still get a buzz watching the delighted reactions of new friends and acquaintances light up when they ask what I do: “I work in the beer business!

Proud words and weighty words. Working in the beer business is a career that comes with important additional social responsibilities – a promise to brew and sell our products ethically and responsibly; a commitment to tackle excessive, irresponsible and underage drinking and, on a personal level for all of us, a duty to model sensible drinking behaviour in our families and communities.

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When we came together with the former Starbev organization to form Molson Coors Europe, we found new colleagues with a value set remarkably similar to Molson Coors and a very consistent responsibility message to consumers: don’t drink and drive.

In Croatia, Zagrebacka Pivovara’s goal is to be the main voice of responsible drinking and the company has a long term commitment to its “Think – don’t drink and drive” campaign which educates consumers on responsible drinking through panel discussions and billboard advertising.

Likewise, in Czech, the Staropramen brand has worked closely with Czech Police on the successful “Leave the Keys in Your Pocket” project and, more recently, the industry’s “Let’s agree who drinks and drives” campaign.

The Borsodi Brewery in Hungary is an active member of the Hungarian Breweries Association’s JOFEJ campaign, “The Sober Responsible Driver Program” which has reached thousands of youngsters through special activities in night clubs.

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Alcohol Is a Bad Driver” is the award-winning CR campaign from Kamenitza AD in Bulgaria which focuses on raising society awareness of the dangers of drinking and driving, notably through special “alcohol” goggles which simulate different levels of blood alcohol content.

In Montenegro, Trebjesa has been donating breathalyser kits to police for many years and offers free public transport for visitors to music events sponsored by the company.

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Apatinska Pivara, in Serbia, has focused its key efforts on educating consumers about the risks of combining alcohol with driving – “When I drink, I don’t drive” – an award-winning programme which has been integrated with the company’s music events; and on raising awareness of the dangers of underage consumption through the “18+ consume responsibly” campaign.

TAXIGUY Dialer and Responsible Choices

TaxiGuy is a unique partnership to stop drinking and driving in Canada. Since its inception in 1998, the program has helped over 3 million Canadians get home safely, and has been recognized as a key social marketing tool in the overall fight against drunk driving by countless stakeholder organizations. Molson Coors was also the first beer company in Canada to feature a ‘Stamp of Responsibility’ on products which you’ll eventually see on all our packaging.

Our Beer Print Commitment Panel

Similarly, in the UK and Ireland, Molson Coors has rolled out innovative secondary packaging which features an Our Beer Print Commitment Panel with information about responsible drinking and the environmental and social impacts of our products and directs consumers to our Corporate Responsibility website. We’re also leading the industry in developing the lower alcohol category in the UK, supported by excise incentives for lower strength beer, and have been recognised by the UK Government and European Alcohol & Health Forum.

Hopefully, this gives you a taste not only for how much we have going on in the Alcohol Responsibility space, but also how integrated and complementary such activities are with the objectives of our business.

After all, they are one and the same.

Cheers,

Scott Wilson, Chief Corporate Affairs Officer Molson Coors Europe

 

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

Michael Coss with “Courage to Come Back” is at it again…

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If you follow our community blog you will be familiar with a few stories about the miraculous recovery of Michael Coss after a terrible accident seven years ago that caused a brain injury and total immobility at the time. Michael has continued to fight back from days when he and his family were told that he would never walk again. He shared this story with me this week. I promised Michael that I would post this for him. As we step into Our Beer Print month at Molson Coors, it’s a natural fit to shine a light on this terrific story about a man who had the courage to come back. Cheers Michael !

Saturday, September 7th will see a more DIVERSE group of hikers take to the trail for the 4th Annual Coquitlam Crunch Challenge.

On Saturday, September 7, Michael Coss and event founder Alex Bell invite Tri-City residents to come out for the Crunch Challenge to help demonstrate the power of community and show how much more is possible when we embrace diversity. The hike-a-thon is a fundraising event to build an Embracing Diversity Community Fund with the Coquitlam Foundation.

Using just a cane, brain injury survivor and activist Michael Coss will take on the Crunch to help Bell launch a new participation category encouraging people with mobility challenges to join the event and enjoy the trail. Once told he would never walk, talk or feed himself independently again, Michael’s motto is ‘Anything is possible, when you believe’. Just a year out of his wheelchair, Michael says, “I am pumped…” to be using just a cane to take to the trail and lead the way for people with mobility barriers to participate in the event.

Michael is on his own journey to ‘Anything’s Possible”. After suffering a Traumatic Brain injury in a 2006 MVA, Michael’s family was told he would never walk or talk. Since that time, Michael has become a published author, from his hospital bed Michael was the biggest individual fundraiser for the 2007 Rick Hansen Wheels in Motion campaign, participated in two Terry Fox events and has launched a foundation to raise funds for rehabilitation options for brain injured children. Michael is pleased to have ‘divorced’ his wheelchair soon after winning the 2012 Courage to Come Back Award for Physical Rehabilitation. A former Coquitlam resident, Michael is an inspiration to many as he shares his message of “Anything is possible, when you believe.”

The Crunch Challenge continues to offer two additional participation categories: as early as 6:30 a.m. “Make-It-or-Break-It” challengers may start in pursuit of a personal best or the top spot by completing as many ascents as they can in a 12 hour period, then Recreational Category registration starts at 9 a.m. for participants wanting to enjoy the trail and support the idea of a welcoming and Diverse community.

The Crunch Challenge starts on the trail alongside the Lacrosse Box parking lot (behind Scott Creek Middle School), but Coss will arrive at 10 a.m. for a ‘Meet and Greet’ outside Northside Church at Lansdowne and David. The ‘Path to Anything’s Possible’ will officially launch at 10:30 a.m. once Bell hikes up from below to join Michael for the opening.

Using only a cane, Michael will make his way step-by-step from David, past the dog park and up to Bramblewood Elementary. Proceeds from the Crunch Challenge go to build a Community Diversity fund with the Coquitlam Foundation. Suggested donation is $20 per participant.

For details please see www.coquitlamcrunch.com or email queries to coquitlamcrunch@gmail.com

PHOTO CREDIT – Craig Hodge