Brewing 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 2013, nearly 46,700 employees volunteered their time to support a wide variety of community activities around the world. That total, which included colleagues who may have volunteered more than once, was more than double our 2012 count. The total hours volunteered by our employees in 2013 was 168,474. 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 14 years of support for Habitat for Humanity included more than 600 colleagues volunteering their time to help build houses in each brewery city in 2013.
- 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. About 100 colleagues participated in five projects in 2013.
- The Budweiser Club Futures program in the UK continued for its second year in 2013. Through this program, we are investing £1m million (nearly 1.7 million USD) over two years directly into grassroots football. This funding enables non-league clubs to invest in improved facilities, benefitting the team, their fans and the local community.
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 seven Hope Schools in communities where we operate breweries:
- Lezhi Hope School in Sichuan
- Pangzhuang Hope School in Henan
- Suqian Hope School in Jiangsu
- Harbin Hope School in Heilongjiang
- Jinping Hope School in Yunnan
- Malipo Hope School in Yunnan
- Nanpu Hope School in Fujian
In addition, we also provide support to the Gansu Hope School and the Liaoning Hope School.
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. The Ministry of Education of Argentina also recognized our Fourth Annual National Day of Volunteering Program with a "Declaration of Educational Interest," noting our contribution 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, 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 1.1 million lid tabs. The purses are available for purchase online .
Since 1988, our U.S. operations have packaged and donated more than 72 million cans of fresh drinking water to emergency relief organizations following natural disasters. In 2013, we donated more than 200,000 cans of fresh drinking water to support disaster relief in six communities following tornadoes, storms, wildfires and floods. This best practice was also rolled out to additional regions in 2013 and included the donation of 60,000 cans in Canada to victims of flooding in Calgary, 100,000 cans in Germany in the wake of floods, and 100,000 cans in Sardinia, Italy after a cyclone.
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 2013, contributions totaled nearly 124 million USD.
Anheuser-Busch and its Foundation have contributed more than 530 million USD since 1997 to communities across the United States. In 2013, 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 18 millon Mexican pesos (1.4 million USD) to help the community through support of education, community development, vulnerable groups, natural disaster relief and other voluntary actions in 2013.
The InBev-Baillet Latour Fund, an independent philanthropic association in Belgium created by Alfred de Baillet Latour in 1974, donated nearly 5.25 million EUR (7.24 million USD) in 2013. 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 1.2 million EUR (1.6 million USD) in 2013 to help AB InBev employees in Western Europe deal with hardships and extraordinary health expenses, as well as to operate a confidential counseling service and provide scholarships for employees' children. 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 2013, the Foundation invested 227 million Brazilian real (97 million USD) that benefited some 81,703 people throughout the country. This investment includes funding a hospital and dental plan; 948 scholarships; 17,938 school supplies; and the distribution of 33,072 food baskets and 18,717 Christmas toys. The Foundation also began construction on a new school in Minas Gerais State, with a 50 million USD investment. The school is expected to open in early 2015.