Monday, October 28th, 2013
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.
Here’s to increasing our positive beer print!
Thursday, October 17th, 2013
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.
(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?
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
Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013
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 to improve 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!
Monday, August 19th, 2013
At Molson Coors we are always proud when other people recognize and reward our activities and we couldn’t be more proud than the recent Water Management award received at the inaugural 2degrees Sustainability Champions Awards.
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!
Sunday, April 22nd, 2012
During a wonderful walk along the Kay Gardner Belt Line early this morning in Toronto, it was great to see that so many must have been active yesterday in taking Mayor Rob Ford’s challenge to “clean up” the city, one person, one piece of debris at a time. There were several bags of refuse and other items for the City workers to claim on Monday. It’s truly great when a community comes together for such a great cause.
With today being Earth Day I thought it appropriate to draw attention to what we refer to as “Our Beer Print” at Molson Coors. I did a recent blog post for Sustainable brands on this unique effort with our employees.
Essentially “Our Beer Print” is all about shrinking the negative and growing the positive impact of our business. Our focus remains on water – alcohol respect and community. However we encourage people to think about sustainability and “Our Beer Print” in all that they do, from producing our quality beers to reuse of our industry standard bottle and recycling our packaging.
@BrewerBart – Bart Alexander our Chief Corporate Responsibility Officer for Molson Coors, was recently interviewed about “Our Beer Print”. Bart’s interview provides a terrific picture of what “Our Beer Print” means to Molson Coors and our people. It’s fun, engaging, rewarding and highly visible to our people, and to those with whom we do business. Corporate Responsibility has also showed up as a great motivator in engaging our employees across our businesses around the globe. With such a deep history in each of the countries we operate, corporate responsibility continues to be part of our day to day “DNA” for our people and our operations. Whether its our commitment to water, our community involvement, or the continued promotion of our fine quality products in a responsible manner…it’s all part of our ongoing journey in corporate responsibility. Cheers to you and what you are doing wherever you may live, work and play. Happy Earth Day ! @MolsonFerg