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Heineken Vietnam backs sustainable growth

Released at: 16:35, 29/06/2017

Heineken Vietnam backs sustainable growth

Photo: Heineken Vietnam

Brewer announces achievements and future directions for sustainable development in 2016 Sustainable Development Report.

by Duy Anh

Carrying on the journey “For a Better Vietnam” that it has embarked upon for the last 25 years, Heineken Vietnam announced its achievements and future directions for sustainable development in its 2016 Sustainable Development Report, released on June 28.

Consisting of six key areas, the report focuses on promoting responsible drinking, protecting water resources, reducing CO2 emissions, supporting communities, sourcing sustainably, including locally wherever possible, and promoting health and safety.

Source: Heineken

Vietnam’s second-largest brewer last year moved closer to brewing 100 per cent from renewable energy at all of its breweries while creating close to zero waste, at the same time strengthening partnerships and programs that promote responsible drinking and continuing to invest heavily in development of people and communities in Vietnam.

It invested more than 8 per cent of its media budget in 2016 to promote drinking Heineken responsibly. With its anti-drink driving campaign reaching 65 million views, it also invested more than VND16 billion ($703,680) on training and development and provided more than 17,000 hours of road safety training.

More than VND25 billion ($1.1 million) was invested in community sponsorships, including five major clean water projects, and its long running “One minute less for one million smiles” program provided 576,000 liters of clean water to more than 2,500 households nationwide.

Currently, four out of six Heineken Vietnam breweries brew beer using 100 per cent renewable energy, which has helped reduce CO2 emissions by 38 per cent compared to 2015. In 2017 and the years to come, Heineken Vietnam aims to brew 100 per cent from renewable energy at all of its breweries.

In one highlight, Heineken cut the amount of water used by 3 per cent last year, nearly halving the amount used in 2008. State-of-the-art waste water treatment plants ensure all water used is treated beyond standard quality regulations before being discharged back into the environment. At all six Heineken Vietnam breweries, up to 99 per cent of the residual materials used in production are reused or recycled for operations, approaching close to zero-waste breweries.

Speaking with VET, Heineken Vietnam’s Corporate Affairs Director Mr. Matt Wilson said the company preferred using local supplies to create more jobs, a move to “bring prosperity to Vietnam and other stakeholders,” he said, adding that 100 per cent of the company’s packaging materials are purchased locally; testament to its commitment to select local suppliers and support them wherever possible.

It contributed VND33.5 trillion ($1.47 billion) to Vietnam’s economy in 2016, equal to 0.75 per cent of the country’s total GDP.

Last year it was honored as the third most sustainable manufacturing company in Vietnam in the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI)’s critical-success-indicators (CSI) Sustainable Business Indicators 2016. With another solid year’s performance of sustainable growth, “we look forward to continuing to lead the way in sustainable growth in Vietnam and, together with all of our partners and stakeholders, brewing a better Vietnam,” Mr. Wilson said.

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