We’ve always known that being a great beer company involves more than just brewing. In that tradition, we couldn’t be more proud of the employees who volunteered in celebration of Our Beer Print.
That’s a whole lotta noodles! Members of the Denver Supply Chain team took home cooking to heart while spending an afternoon volunteering at The Gathering Place. Working together, the team chose their own menu (spaghetti), shopped for the food, cooked and served the meal to more than 200 women, children and transgender individuals experiencing homelessness and poverty.
Connecting with the community More than 20 Molson Coors employees helped to connect homeless people with health, social and economic resources at Project Homeless Connect. The annual resource fair is supported by more than 40 organizations and provides access to basic necessities and service. Onsite at the event, our team provided a variety of assistance ranging from navigating the event to coordinating lunches.
We also played a key support role before the event volunteering time and muscled to set-up the Convention Centre to host more than 1,400 attendees.
Golden Great Water Month To wrap-up volunteer activities, four Molson Coors employees and their family members teamed up with 40 teammates from MillerCoors to get down and dirty as they spent their Saturday working to improve the Clear Creek Watershed.
Volunteers spent the day loosening the soil, applying more soil, seeding and covering the new area with a straw blanket to prevent erosion.
Yesterday, Molson Coors was named as a company leading on climate change transparency with regard to the quality of climate change data we share through CDP, the world’s only global environmental disclosure system.
For the third year, Molson Coors has achieved a position of leadership in CDP’s S&P 500 Climate Disclosure Leadership Index (CDLI). This is an honor that further recognizes Molson Coors for our world class Corporate Responsibility and shows we are shrinking our negative Beer Print. Recognition of CDP Disclosure Leadership also demonstrates our focus on improving systems and transparency throughout our supply chain, driving results in efficiency and sustainability.
“We’re proud to be included in the Climate Disclosure Leadership Index, which underscores the priority we place on driving sustainability and letting our shareholders and stakeholders know how we’re doing,” said Peter Swinburn, Molson Coors President and CEO. “Increasingly, we realize the importance our positive Beer Print matters to our retail customers and brand consumers.”
“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.
With increasing global demands on fresh water supplies, it is becoming more and more important that we play our part in water conservation. By conserving water, we shrink our negative Beer Print and increase our positive Beer Print!
As one of our most important beer ingredients, we care about Every Drop of water we use and Every Ripple of its impact in our communities and supply chain. So we have set an ambitious goal toimprove our breweries’ water efficiency by 20% by 2020.
With our 2020 water efficiency goal in mind, our work up to now has made some great progress! From 2008 to 2012, our water efficiency projects have saved approximately 504 Olympic-sized swimming pools of water!
We also have a long history of working with our local stakeholders to try and solve water challenges, including:
Our latest water-related project is in Bihar, India, close to our Cobra Brewery. We are working with Water For People to build a toilet block, hand washing facility and fresh water pump. This will dramatically improve the well-being of the community and reduce life threatening diseases in this vibrant but underprivileged part of India.
The accomplishments we listed above are great, but there is still a lot to do!
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!