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Our Sustainability Story

HEINEKEN has been around for over 150 years, and we intend to be around for another 150 years by making a difference in society.

As the UK’s leading pub, cider and beer business, the way we make and serve our products can have a significant impact on our customers, communities and the environment. And so working sustainably and responsibly is fundamental to how we do business. It’s how we can protect the future of our business and our planet.

Brewing a Better World is our sustainability strategy. It helps to focus our efforts so we’re able to make a real difference. From growing the barley and apples that go into our beers and ciders, to working with our customers who serve a quality chilled pint – sustainability is embedded right across our value chain.

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Our Sustainability Story

As the UK’s leading pub, cider and beer business, the way we make and serve our products can have a significant impact on our customers, communities and the environment. And so working sustainably and responsibly is fundamental to how we do business. It’s how we can protect the future of our business and our planet.

Brewing a Better World is our sustainability strategy. It helps to focus our efforts so we’re able to make a real difference. From growing the barley and apples that go into our beers and ciders, to working with our customers who serve a quality chilled pint – sustainability is embedded right across our value chain.

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Our Focus Areas

Reducing CO2 Emissions
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Reducing CO2 Emissions
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Protecting Water Resources
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Protecting Water Resources
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Sourcing Sustainability
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Sourcing Sustainability
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Growing with Communities
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Growing with Communities
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Tackling Alcohol Harm
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Tackling Alcohol Harm
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Promoting Health and Wellbeing
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Promoting Health and Wellbeing
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Green Grip HEINEKEN

Green Grip

Introducing Green Grip. Our newest packaging innovation.

We’re eliminating plastic from millions of cans as we roll out innovative sustainable packaging across thousands of UK retailers despite COVID-19 challenges.

The effect single-use plastic is having on our planet can’t be ignored, And whilst plastic represents only 3% of our overall packaging, as a company we’re continuously looking for ways to improve the impact we have our planet.

That’s why we’re replacing the plastic rings from our multi-pack cans with a new bespoke packaging innovation called Green Grip – saving over 500 tonnes of plastic every year.  The equivalent to 94 million plastic bags.

Green Grip is a 100% plastic-free robust cardboard topper. It’s recyclable, compostable and sustainably sourced.  And importantly for shoppers, it’s easy to carry!

As part of a £22million investment, this eco-friendly solution has been delivered thanks to the hard work of colleagues in our Manchester Brewery who overcame Covid-19 challenges to get it on to supermarket shelves across the UK.

Green Grip is being rolled out across Heineken, Foster’s and Kronenbourg 1664, with the rest of our beers and ciders to follow.

Reporting

We publish regular updates to show our progress on our sustainability commitments. You can view and download them here.

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Global Sustainability

Find out more about our global sustainability ambitions and how we’re Brewing a Better World in many other countries.