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Reporting at AB InBev
, in conjunction with content on
our corporate website, presents Anheuser-Busch InBev’s annual
update on key performance data and information for calendar year
2015 and provides data on specific targets in our Better World Plan
approved annually by our Board of Directors. This report is intended
to provide meaningful updates to stakeholders around the world,
including investors, employees, governments, NGOs, and customers and
consumers in the 26 countries where we operate.
This year, AB InBev’s global citizenship reporting is comprised of
this self-contained PDF document and content on our corporate website.
The PDF document primarily summarizes our 2015 activities, initiatives
and achievements, while the website, housed with the “Social
Responsibility” section, provides further information
on our Better World strategy and ongoing activities, and offers in depth exploration of key data and metrics. Taken together, the PDF and website content constitute our citizenship reporting for 2015.
AB InBev prepared this reporting (across the PDF report and the website) in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative’s (GRI) G4 “Core” level. To help determine the content for our reporting we worked with Business for Social Responsibility (BSR) in 2014 to conduct a materiality assessment that helped identify the issues most important to our stakeholders and our company. For a summary of the process taken and the resulting Boundary Analysis Table, see here. To see where the impacts occur along our value chain, see the infographic on pages six and seven of the PDF and here. A more detailed look at our materiality process is available here, and a GRI Index for this year’s report can be found here.
The data and stories presented were gathered and verified with the assistance of content owners across all functions and geographic Zones. The company has established a Data Management Plan to ensure accurate and consistent reporting of smart drinking and environment goal performance data, and key performance indicators. We have noted which environmental and social metrics have been externally assured by KPMG in the Independent Assurance Report here, in key locations throughout the report and in our online GRI Index referenced above.
For information included in our consolidated financial statements, AB InBev’s Statutory auditor is PricewaterhouseCoopers (see pages 67–69 of the AB InBev 2015 Annual Report).
Our report structure parallels our Better World focus areas—Smart Drinking, Environment and Community—our three pillars of global citizenship. Our achievements within these pillars would not be possible without the commitment, dedication and diligence of our people around the world.
Information presented in our report encompasses AB InBev’s company-wide wholly owned operations, including 141 global breweries and soft drink facilities represented in global goal performance for water and energy use, unless otherwise noted.
Some newer beverage facilities that were acquired during the course of 2015 are not yet included in our Voyager Plant Optimization management system, and therefore data may not currently being collected. These facilities will be included in future reporting, which typically takes six months to a year after acquisition.
Our per-hectoliter goals on GHG emissions, energy and water pertain to our beverage facilities only and do not encompass our vertical operations such as malt plants and packaging facilities. In order to allow for increased accuracy, meaningful comparisons and determination of goal achievement, absolute and normalized GHG emissions data from previous years has been adjusted using the latest emission factors and reporting methodologies. Specific data tables contain other footnotes about environmental performance data.
This report contains “forward-looking statements”, which generally include the words or phrases “will likely result”, “are expected to”, “will continue”, “is anticipated”, “anticipate”, “estimate”, “project”, “may”, “might”, “could”, “believe”, “expect”, “plan”, “potential” or similar expressions. These statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially from those suggested by these statements due to, among others, the impact of water availability, climate change, economic recession, negative publicity, our ability to hire and retain the best talent, government regulations, the reputation of our brands, the ability to make acquisitions or divest divisions, access to capital, volatility in the stock market, exposure to litigation and other associated risks, as well as the risks described under Item 3.D of our Annual Report on Form 20-F filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on 14 March 2016. Additional information about AB InBev’s GHG and water risks, management and performance is available through CDP.
Future SEC Filings and This Filing: Important Information
In the event that AB InBev and SABMiller implement a transaction relating to the acquisition of SABMiller by AB InBev, AB InBev or Newco (a Belgian limited liability company to be formed for the purposes of such transaction) may be required to file relevant materials with the SEC. Such documents, however, are not currently available. INVESTORS ARE URGED TO READ ANY DOCUMENTS REGARDING SUCH POTENTIAL TRANSACTION IF AND WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE, BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION. Investors will be able to obtain a free copy of such filings without charge, at the SEC’s website (http://www.sec.gov) once such documents are filed with the SEC. Copies of such documents may also be obtained from AB InBev, without charge, once they are filed with the SEC.
Notice to US investors
US holders of SABMiller shares should note that the steps of any transaction requiring approval by SABMiller shareholders may be implemented under a UK scheme of arrangement provided for under English company law. If so, it is expected that any shares to be issued under the transaction to SABMiller shareholders would be issued in reliance upon the exemption from the registration requirements of the US Securities Act of 1933, provided by Section 3(a)(10) thereof and would be subject to UK disclosure requirements (which are different from those of the United States). The transaction may instead be implemented by way of a takeover offer under English law. If so, any securities to be issued under the transaction to SABMiller shareholders will be registered under the US Securities Act, absent an applicable exemption from registration. If the transaction is implemented by way of UK takeover offer, it will be done in compliance with the applicable rules under the US Exchange Act of 1934, including any applicable exemptions provided under Rule 14d–1(d) thereunder.
This filing shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities, nor shall there be any sale of securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction. No offering of securities shall be made except by means of a prospectus meeting the requirements of Section 10 of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended.
For questions regarding the content of this report, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.