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Heineken Vietnam sees success in sustainable development

Released at: 16:54, 21/06/2018

Heineken Vietnam sees success in sustainable development

Photo: Khanh Chi (VET)

Brewer releases 4th Sustainability Report, highlighting its impressive sustainability accomplishments in 2017.

by Hong Nhung

Heineken Vietnam released its 2017 Sustainability Report on June 20, noting that it continues to lead the way in sustainable development and highlighting its impressive accomplishments last year. This is the fourth consecutive year it has published a Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)-accredited Sustainability Report for Vietnam.

2017 also saw Heineken Vietnam named the Most Sustainable Manufacturing Company in Vietnam by the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) in its annual CSI 100 awards.

For Heineken Vietnam, “green” is more than the signature color of its globally-popular brand; it is a deliberate choice made by the company on a global level as well as in Vietnam to act sustainably. Choosing green means committing to sustainable operations, an approach that Heineken has taken on and also inspired others to follow for more than 27 years in Vietnam.

“The choices we make define who we are,” said Mr. Leo Evers, Managing Director of Heineken Vietnam. “For Heineken Vietnam, sustainability is our choice. We choose green by taking care of our people and the planet to sustain prosperity for a better Vietnam.”

“With a corporate strategy entrenched in the triple bottom line approach, the company has continued to integrate sustainability into our core business to set new benchmarks in sustainable development through continuous improvements, rigorous assessment, and the communication of our progress. Going forward, we believe there is so much more to be done. We will continue to work with our stakeholders to implement suitable strategies, so that together we can brew an even better Vietnam.”

Heineken Vietnam’s sustainability strategy continues to focus on six key areas where the company believes it can have the greatest impact in Vietnam: advocating responsible consumption; promoting health and safety; protecting water resources; reducing CO2 emissions; growing with communities; and sourcing sustainably.

In 2017, 100 per cent of Heineken Vietnam’s wastewater was treated so that it could be safely reused for other purposes such as landscaping. Its breweries are the most water-efficient of all Heineken’s companies in the Asia-Pacific region.

The brewer also played a leading role in applying a circular economy into its operations. In 2017, it sourced approximately 54,000 tons of rice husk and woodchips from farmers to generate thermal energy. This initiative allowed four of its six breweries to brew 100 per cent with carbon neutral renewable energy and at the same time provided substantial incomes to Vietnamese farmers as well as supported the development of the country’s biomass energy industry.

Heineken Vietnam also continued to find new uses for its own waste. In 2017, it sent virtually zero waste to landfill, with 99.01 per cent of its inputs being re-used or recycled, with only some 1 per cent lost or sent to landfill.

It contributed $1.85 billion to Vietnam’s economy last year, equivalent to 0.88 per cent of the country’s total GDP, compared to 0.75 per cent in 2016. A total of over 158,000 jobs were supported throughout its value chain across Vietnam. The company continued to prioritize and maximize local sourcing whenever possible with its partners in Vietnam.

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