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Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

Celebrating Commitment to Water Sustainability at Molson Coors

MCBC Less is More Poster

As part of Molson Coors‘ global water strategy, we are celebrating our second annual Water Stewardship Month in September. Throughout the month, we will be focused on innovative programs designed to educate and engage employees in the United Kingdom, Canada, and United States on the importance of protecting the world’s most valuable resource.

“As a leading global brewer, we have a long-standing commitment to water sustainability along with more than 200 years of experience in managing complex water issues,” said Bart Alexander, chief corporate responsibility officer for Molson Coors. “Since fresh water is the single most important ingredient in beer, we not only have a responsibility to be good stewards of this valuable resource, but to raise awareness with our employees and the community on the critical importance of water sustainability. Water Stewardship Month in September is just one of the ways we do that.”

The core of our employee education effort is the Every Drop, Every Ripple campaign. The campaign emphasizes why water matters to Molson Coors and encourages employees to join the company in pledging to be good stewards of the drops they use and to be community-minded about the ripples they leave behind.

In addition to employee education, we will also participate in a number of watershed volunteer activities across their markets, including:

Canada, September 7 – October 6

Molson Coors Canada is a national sponsor for the 2011 Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup (GCSH) in partnership with WWF Canada and the Vancouver Aquarium. Last year, 47,000 Canadians volunteered to remove shoreline litter. Molson Coors employees across Canada will participate in the cleanup events.

• Denver and Golden, CO, September 9 & 24
On September 9, the Golden Brewery will host its fifth annual Friends of the Forest day in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and the National Forest Foundation to repair the streambed along the Clear Creek Watershed. On September 24, employees will join the 19th Annual Fall South Platte RiverSweep. The Greenway Foundation hosts the 15-mile river cleanup.

• Burton, UK, September 12 & 13, Alton, UK, September 29 & Tadcaster, UK, September 30
Over 100 employees will assist in a canal clean up effort between Alrewas and Burton on September 12 and 13. In addition, Molson Coors UK will offer ‘lunch and learns’ to brewery teams to increase awareness of the importance of water to Molson Coors, its operations and how employees can get involved.

Employees Around the World “Cheers to Water”

As part of our commitment to water sustainability, Molson Coors has been a lead sponsor of Carbon Disclosure’s Water Disclosure Project since 2010. The Water Disclosure Project data provides valuable insight into the strategies deployed by many of the largest companies in the world on water and will be used to help drive investment towards sustainable water use.

Molson Coors also became a signatory to the United Nations’ CEO Water Mandate in 2008 and has modeled its own global water strategy after the mandate’s six elements. The strategy has set a target to reduce water use by 15%, per unit of production, by the end of 2012 (baseline year 2008), 4.4hl of water to 1hl of beer. In 2010, the production ratio was 4.7:1 hl/hl.

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

Molson Coors Global Water Summit 2011

Molson Coors Global Water Summit

Golden Brewery – the world’s largest single site brewery

The first (and maybe annual) Molson Coors Global Water Summit took place in April this year, where our corporate responsibility teams (communications, water resources, brewery operations and supply chain) from across all business units joined together in Golden, Colorado (home of Coors!) to learn, share best practices and develop our short and long term plans for Water Stewardship programs and efficiencies.

A packed three days with topics covering direct operations in our breweries, watershed risk management, collective action and community engagement with our employees and external stakeholders, reporting numbers and targets, and our upcoming Water Stewardship Month in September.

On the last day of the Summit, we were treated to a tour of the local watershed in Golden, Clear Creek Watershed – home of the 1859 Colorado Gold Rush and of course Coors’ water supply!  A 575 square mile watershed that provides water for agriculture, industry, energy and drinking; and is protected by many (including us) through the Clear Creek Water Foundation.

We were also lucky to have some guests join us.  A huge thanks to Pete Coors, Chairman of the Board, Molson Coors for dropping in to kick off the summit with some AWESOME stories of the Coors brewing heritage in Golden.  Pete gets the gold star for the best quote of the summit:  “When I hear it’s snowing in the Rockies I know that really means our brewing water is on its way.”  Thanks to Tod Christenson from BIER (Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable) for an overview of their Water focus plans and for facilitating some sessions for us.

Pete Coors

Pete Coors kicking off the first Molson Coors Water Summit

Molson Coors Brewing Company has 350 years of combined brewing heritage in the US, Canada, and the U.K., and although a global brewer, beer is very much a locally brewed product that is tied to the quality of water we use to produce it. This summit truly opened the door for our teams from across the globe to come together and align on what we need to do together to ensure we develop and implement real-world solutions for water use and conversation in our breweries and local watersheds.  A great couple of days and looking forward to implementing the plans made here in Canada.

Molson Coors team at Global Water Summit

Team Photo :)

Up next?  Molson Coors is the presenting sponsor of the second annual Canadian Water Summit on June 14th in Toronto.  Keynote is Chris Hedemann of the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) Water Disclosure, who will be sharing his insights on water measurement, management, risks and opportunities.  Hope to see you there!

Cheers, Tonia