Bringing People Together
For a Better World
Our people are a key component of our Better World vision, and we are
committed to helping employees raise the bar in their communities by
providing a formal volunteerism structure.
In 2014, nearly 61,000 employees volunteered their time to support a wide variety of community activities around the world. The total hours volunteered by our employees in 2014 was more than 225,000. By offering a global volunteer policy to guide and track employees' volunteer efforts that is supported by Zone policies that reinforce the value of these efforts, we are confident that we can continue to expand the scope of our colleagues' volunteerism around the globe.
Here are a few examples of additional volunteer programs across our global footprint:
- In the United States, our celebration of 15 years of support for Habitat for Humanity included more than 600 colleagues volunteering their time to help build houses in each brewery city in 2014.
- In Germany, we participated in the annual "Day of Caring," in which we partner with community agencies to create volunteer projects specifically for AB InBev employees. More than 120 colleagues participated in 10 projects, volunteering 960 hours, in 2014.
- For the past two years, our team in Mexico has been working with Fondo para la Paz and the community in Oaxaca to improve social and environmental conditions in four municipalities in the southern part of the country. In 2014, 32 community volunteers provided 88 hours of technical assistance to support 571 residents (Chinanteco native speakers) as they received access to new ecotechnoligies like dry toilets, energy-efficient stoves and tanks for rain water collection.
AB InBev China is committed to giving all children a chance at an education. In partnership with the Chinese government's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the China Youth Development Foundation, we support a Hope School in every location in China where we build a new brewery. These schools are often located in some of the most underserved rural parts of the country or where there are large populations of migrant workers.
Our support can include providing school supplies, educational materials, uniforms and physical education equipment, along with building dormitories for the students.
We currently support 10 Hope Schools in communities where we operate breweries:
- Lezhi Hope School in Sichuan Province
- Pangzhuang Hope School in Henan Province
- Suqian Hope School in Jiangsu Province
- Harbin Pingfang Hope School in Heilongjiang Province
- Harbin Shuangcheng Hope School in Heilongjiang Province
- Jinping Hope School in Yunnan Province
- Malipo Hope School in Yunnan Province
- Nanpu Hope School in Fujian Province
- Nanning Hope School in Guangxi Province
- Gansu Hope School in Gansu Province
In addition, we also built an E-learning Centre at Yingkou Hope School in Liaoning Province and made a 10-year commitment and support to the Ya’an Hope School in Sichuan Province.
Our colleagues in Argentina, in partnership with the NGO Asociación Conciencia, participated in our Gente Que Ayuda (People Who Help) volunteer program. Employees and community members in nine cities worked together to support local schools by decorating and repairing the buildings, refurbishing school grounds and other activities. Actions in 2014 marked the company’s Fifth Annual National Day of Volunteering Program, which has been recognized by the government for contributions to education and the community.
AB InBev's can lid plant in Oklahoma City, Okla., is working with Pros for Africa to support Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe's St. Monica's Girls' Tailoring Center — a school for young women in Uganda who have been affected by the decades-long civil war, poverty and natural disaster. Sister Rosemary created the school in 1999 and has been honored as a CNN Hero and Time magazine's Most Influential People, among other awards, for her humanitarian efforts.
The plant takes scrap can lids and provides them to Pros for Africa. The organization then works with local community groups that volunteer to pull the tabs from the lids. Pros for Africa transports the tabs to Sister Rosemary, and the women at her tailoring center use them to create trendy, environmentally friendly handbags that are then brought back to the United States and sold. The profit from the purses is given back to the Ugandan women, helping them support themselves. The plant has been working with the organization since 2010 and has donated approximately 2.1 million lid tabs. The purses are available for purchase online .
Since 1988, our U.S. operations have packaged and donated more than 73 million cans of fresh drinking water to emergency relief organizations following natural disasters. In 2014, we donated funds and more than 1 million cans of drinking water to support disaster relief in Argentina, Bolivia, Italy and the Unites States following tornadoes, storms, wildfires and floods.
Through charitable foundations associated directly or indirectly with AB InBev, we reach out to our employees and groups in need. We contribute to community organizations and touch countless individual lives, with a special focus on supporting education, the environment, economic development and disaster relief and preparedness. In 2014, contributions totaled nearly 138 million USD.
Anheuser-Busch and its Foundation have contributed more than 557 million USD since 1997 to communities across the United States. In 2014, organizations supported by the Foundation included the United Way, American Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity, the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, UNCF formerly United Negro College Fund, Teach For America, College Bound, Saint Louis University and the University of Missouri-St. Louis.
The Grupo Modelo Foundation made donations of nearly 24 millon Mexican pesos (1.6 million USD) to help the community through support of education, community development, vulnerable groups, natural disaster relief and other voluntary actions in 2014.
The InBev-Baillet Latour Fund, an independent philanthropic association in Belgium created by Alfred de Baillet Latour in 1974, donated nearly 7.5 million EUR (9.1 million USD) in 2014. The Fund awards prizes, study grants or gifts that encourage accomplishments in the fields of science, education and the arts. Since 2006, the Fund has also supported activities and individuals who advance the spirit of the Olympic Games.
The Verhelst Foundation in Belgium provided 1.5 million EUR (1.8 million USD) in 2014 to help AB InBev Western European employees. This includes helping employees deal with hardships, extraordinary health expenses, confidential counseling service, provide scholarships for employees' children and other actions. The Verhelst Foundation is an independent organization that was created in 1949 to support company employees.
The Zerrenner Foundation provides support for our Brazil employees and their dependents, as well as members of the community. In 2014, the Foundation invested 261 million Brazilian real (98 million USD) that benefited some 81,980 people throughout the country. This investment includes funding a hospital and dental plan; 1,262 scholarships; 17,516 school supplies; and the distribution of 34,233 food baskets and 19,402 Christmas toys. In 2014, the Foundation also continued construction on a new school in Minas Gerais State, with a 50 million USD investment, with the school opening in February 2015.