Posts tagged Water Stewardship

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

Cleaning up Canadian Shorelines with Molson Canadian Red Leaf Project

September continues on and it’s a busy one at Molson Coors as we host 12 Molson Canadian Red Leaf Projects across Canada in partnership with the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup.

Thank you to all volunteers who took a few hours of their weekend and got their hands a bit dirty.   Reports and photos are coming in this week from each event…details from Toronto and Calgary first. Cheers.

Woodbine Beach Park, Toronto

Molson Canadian Red Leaf Project/Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup - Woodbine Beach Park, Toronto

Approximately 300 volunteers gathered to clean up the shoreline and surrounding area of Woodbine Beach Park.  We collected 677 kilograms of garbage! The hardworking Molson Canadian Red Leaf volunteers did some “good” and then received some “awesome” with tickets to the Casby awards!

Molson Canadian Red Leaf Project/Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup - Woodbine Beach Park, Toronto

Elbow River, Calgary

Red Lead Shoreline Clean up - Sept 17, 2011 - #2

40 volunteers gathered to clean the Elbow River Pathway in Calgary. Over 35 bags of garbage were collected by Molson employees and Red Leaf Project Volunteers.

Molson Canadian Red Leaf Project/Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup - Elbow River, Calgary

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

Friday, November 12th, 2010

Molson Coors Brewing Company sponsors CDP Water Disclosure Report

Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) released its first Water Disclosure Report on the world’s largest companies today, Molson Coors Brewing Company included.

In partnership with Molson Coors (we’re the lead sponsor of the report), the CDP hopes to shed some light on the issue of water use and other water-related business issues (the report was built from the questionnaire results of 147 respondents).  Working with the CDP is a part of Molson Coors’ long history of commitment to clean water and water sustainability.  We have over 350 years of combined brewery heritage in the US, Canada and the UK that has enabled us to develop and implement real-world solutions for water use and conservation in our breweries and watersheds.

Take a look at some of the survey results:

  • Almost 40% of companies are already experiencing detrimental impacts relating to water, including disruptions to operations.
  • Just 53% of companies are able to identify whether they are exposed to water risks in their supply chains, as opposed to the high levels of awareness (96%) of water risks in their own operations.
  • Companies reporting the greatest exposure to water risks include food, beverage & tobacco and metals & mining.

So why does this matter to Molson Coors? We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again — Water is the most important ingredient in beer, and we think everyone should have access to water as clean and fresh as we use to brew our beers.  The quality of our beer is directly tied to the quality of the water we use to produce it. We’re committed to sharing that expertise and learning from others how to do that even better!

The launch event of CDP Water Disclosure’s first report occurred this morning at Bloomberg’s offices in London.  Greg Wade, our Chief Supply Chain Officer was there speaking on a panel – media release

Love to hear your thoughts on the report.  We recently completed a Water Stewardship Month of Action here at Molson Coors Canada, which resulted in our employees pledging to save 2.6 million litres of water/month…top of mind for us as we take our commitment to water and world class responsibility one step further.

Cheers and happy Friday!

Monday, September 13th, 2010

Help Molson Canadian Keep Canada’s Water Resources Beautiful!

A few weeks back, we wrote about our partnership with the Vancouver Aquarium and WWF-Canada for their upcoming Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup (GCSC).  As promised, I have some more details around Molson Canadian’s participation in events across Canada.

Background on the cleanup: From September 18–26, Canadians will be volunteering at shoreline cleanup sites in urban and rural communities, removing harmful litter from fresh and salt water shorelines coast to coast to coast.

How do you get involved?

You, your friends and family are invited to help clean up our local shorelines and then join Molson Canadian at a wrap up celebration!

Where we’ll be:

VANCOUVER Saturday, Sept 18, 2010

TORONTO Saturday, Sept 18, 2010

OTTAWA Saturday, Sept 18, 2010

HALIFAX Saturday, Sept 18, 2010

St.ALBERT (AB)  Sunday, Sept 19, 2010

  • Cleanup – 10:00 a.m. Sturgeon River at St. Albert Place  (Register)
  • Post cleanup celebrations – Vintage

There are hundreds of other locations across the country – to find one in your hometown: http://shorelinecleanup.ca/en/search/cleanups

We’re excited to play our part in an initiative that will help keep Canada’s water resources beautiful so we can continue to brew our beer with the best this land has to offer!  I’ll be at the Toronto event this weekend along with fellow Molson Coors employees @MolsonMoffat and @MolsonCaroleB.  If you’re in the area, drop by for the cleanup and a cold one ;)

See you on the shorelines.  Cheers, MolsonTonia