Thumbs up for sustainable practices

  • Metro News
  • Thursday, 05 Dec 2019

(From left) Global Initiatives chief operating officer Shefali Chaddar, Entrepreneur Development Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Redzuan Md Yusof, Renuka and Heineken Malaysia Supply Chain director Salima Bekoeva at the Sustainable Business Awards 2019.

HEINEKEN Malaysia Bhd clinched three awards at the Sustainable Business Awards (SBA) 2019.

For the second consecutive year, the brewer received the Best Water Management award in recognition of its outstanding efforts in protecting and managing water resources.

Heineken Malaysia also received special recognition in two categories, namely Sustainability in the Community and Waste & Material Productivity.

The Best Water Management award commemorates the various initiatives by Heineken Malaysia that extend beyond its immediate business operations.

Through its corporate social responsibility arm Spark Foundation, Heineken Malaysia initiated a three-year water stewardship agenda.

Heineken Malaysia was also recognised for its commitment in driving water efficiency, for which the company reduced water usage in production by 12.3% since 2014 through water optimisation efforts such as bottle washer nozzle reduction and water recovery from clean-in-place rinse.

“We are delighted to be awarded and recognised for our efforts in continuously improving not only our environmental performance but also our commitment in protecting our planet and giving back to local communities.

“Our wins at the SBA 2019 further encourages us to continue our holistic approach in contributing to a cleaner, greener tomorrow, ” said Heineken Malaysia managing director Roland Bala.

Heineken Malaysia received special recognition for Sustainability in the Community in recognition of the company’s long-standing Tiger Sin Chew Chinese Education Charity Concert which has raised over RM355mil in support of Chinese schools across Malaysia over the past 26 years, and the English Enrichment Training Programme that has trained more than 580 educators in seven states.

“We have made conscious efforts to continuously grow with and contribute to the local community, including through strategic partnerships for the environment and education.

“Through Spark Foundation, we partnered with Global Environment Centre to build 13 rainwater harvesting systems for underprivileged communities in Sungai Penchala and Sungai Selangor, that stores up to 4 million litres of water annually, benefiting more than 6,500 people.

“Water is used for washing, gardening and irrigation which reduces stress on our water sources and avoids wastage of treated water, ” said Heineken Malaysia corporate affairs and legal director Renuka Indrarajah.

“Meanwhile, our focus in Sabah and Sarawak is to help increase access to potable water.

“We are pleased to share that we have launched alternative water supply solutions such as gravity water system and rainwater harvesting system in six rural villages across Sabah, providing more than 5,000 people access to clean water, ” she added.

The company was also given special recognition for Waste & Material Productivity. In line with Heineken Malaysia’s zero-waste-to-landfill goal, the brewer invested in an on-site waste segregation area to manage its by-products and waste from production materials.

In addition, a special protective cover was installed on its wastewater treatment plant to reduce odour and evaporation.

Led by Heineken’s global sustainability strategy — Brewing a Better World, the company strives towards fulfilling its commitments by focusing on protecting water resources, reducing carbon dioxide emissions, sourcing sustainably, advocating responsible consumption, promoting health and safety and growing with communities in line with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals.

Held for the second time in Malaysia, and since 2012 in Indonesia, the Philippines and Singapore, SBA is organised by Global Initiatives Singapore in partnership with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Malaysia, recognising businesses with best practices in sustainability.

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