InBev acquired Anheuser-Busch in 2008 for US$52 billion, to become the world's largest brewer and one of the world's top five consumer products companies. In 2013 the company acquired the half of Mexico's largest brewer, Grupo Modelo (maker of Corona beer), it didn't already own. In 2016 the company acquired SABMiller for over US$100 billion. AB InBev is part owned by the men behind Brazilian private equity firm 3G Capital, who also own 51% of Burger King and 25% of KraftHeinz.
|Anheuser-Busch InBev SA/NV||BEL||website|
| 3G Capital
owns 23% of Anheuser-Busch InBev SA/NV
| Altria Group Inc
owns 10% of Anheuser-Busch InBev SA/NV
|Anheuser-Busch InBev SA/NV|
In 2019, the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) asked companies to provide data about their efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate climate change risk. Responding companies are scored across four key areas: disclosure; awareness; management; and leadership. This company received a CDP Climate Change Score of A-.
Source: CDP (2019)
In 2019, the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) asked companies to provide data about their efforts to manage and govern freshwater resources. Responding companies are scored on six key metrics: transparency; governance & strategy; measuring & monitoring; risk assessment; targets & goals; and value chain engagement. This company received a CDP Water Security Score of A.
Source: CDP (2019)
As You Sow's 2019 report, Mining the Disclosures, is a deep analysis of 215 companies' human rights performance in relation to sourcing conflict minerals from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). This company's score was 12.2% (Weak).
Source: As You Sow (2019)
This company received a score of 7.9/100 in the Newsweek Green Ranking 2017, which ranks the world's largest publicly traded companies on eight indicators covering energy, greenhouse gases, water, waste, fines and penalties, linking executive pay to sustainability targets, board-level committee oversight of environmental issues and third-party audits. Ranking methodology by Corporate Knights and HIP Investor.
Source: Newsweek (2017)
This company received a score of 12.1/100 (retrieved 10-Oct-2020) in the Corporate Information Transparency Index (CITI), a system for evaluating supply chain practices in China, particularly in regards to environmental management and water pollution. Scores are calculated using government compliance data, online monitoring data, and third-party environmental audits, as well as trends in the environmental performance of factories in the company's supply chains.
Source: IPE (2020)
AB InBev is 10% owned by tobacco giant Altria, who have several criticisms.
Source: Shop Ethical (2020)
In 2019 the European Union fined this company 200 million euros for hindering cheaper imports of its Jupiler beer from the Netherlands into Belgium. The commission concluded that the company abused its dominant position from February 2009 until October 2016 in breach of EU antitrust rules.
Source: news article (2019)
This company is on OpenSecrets.org's list of the 100 top donor organisations in US federal-level politics since 1989. Companies on this list lobby and spend big, with large sums sent to candidates, parties and leadership PACs. This company comes in at number 100 on the list, with donations totalling US$22,467,694 between 1989 and 2018.
Source: Open Secrets (2018)
In 2016 the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission announced that Anheuser-Busch InBev agreed to pay $6 million to settle charges that it violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and chilled a whistleblower who reported the misconduct. An SEC investigation found that the company used third-party sales promoters to make improper payments to government officials in India to increase the sales and production of Anheuser-Busch InBev products in that country.
Source: SEC (2016)
This company received an S&P Global ESG Score of 31/100 in the Beverages category of the 2019 SAM Corporate Sustainability Assessment, an annual evaluation of companies' sustainability practices. The rankings are based on an analysis of corporate economic, environmental and social performance, assessing issues such as corporate governance, risk management, environmental reporting, climate strategy, human rights and labour practices.
Source: S&P Global (2019)
A 2013 peer-reviewed report indentified three CSR tactics employed by alcohol companies (including this one) which are closely tied in with the industry's underlying corporate intents. First, the alcohol manufacturers employ CSR as a means to frame issues, define problems and guide policy debates. In doing this, the alcohol companies are able to deflect and shift the blame from those who manufacture and promote alcoholic products to those who consume them. Second, the alcohol corporations promote CSR initiatives on voluntary regulation in order to delay and offset alcohol control legislation. Third, the alcohol corporations undertake philanthropic sponsorships as a means of indirect brand marketing as well as gaining preferential access to emerging alcohol markets
Source: Advertising Standards Authority (2013)
Criticisms include layoffs and payment delays to suppliers as a result of the InBev takeover of Anheuser-Busch, fighting a bill in 2005 that would combat underage alcohol consumption, political donations, and pollution.
Source: Green America (2010)
Politicians and unions have criticised executive bonuses totaling more than 1 billion euros at AB InBev triggered when the brewer cut its huge debt two years ahead of target following the acquisition of the maker of Budweiser.
Source: news article (2012)
As listed on the We Mean Business website, this company has committed to the following climate action initiatives: commit to 100% renewable power.
Source: We Mean Business (2017)
The Sustainable Food Lab is a network of business, public sector, and civil society leaders from around the globe who are working together to accelerate sustainability in mainstream food and agriculture.
Source: Sustainable Food Lab (2016)
This company is a member of the Circular Economy 100 (CE100) Network, a multi-stakeholder platform run by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. The CE100 is the world's leading circular economy network, and facilitates market making by providing collaborative and pre-competitive opportunities which bring together business, innovators, cities and governments, universities, and thought leaders.
Source: Ellen MacArthur Foundation (2019)
This company has sustainability claims on its website under the headings smart agriculture, water stewardship, circular packaging and climate action.
Source: company website (2020)
As You Sow's 2020 report, Waste and Opportunity, ranks companies on plastic packaging pollution. The study measures the progress of 50 large companies in the beverage, quick-service restaurant, consumer packaged goods, and retail sectors on six core pillars where swift action is needed to reduce plastic pollution: 1) Packaging Design, 2) Reusable Packaging, 3) Recycled Content, 4) Packaging Data Transparency, 5) Support for Recycling, and 6) Producer Responsibility. This company received a grade of C-
Source: As You Sow (2020)
The 2019 Corporate Human Rights Benchmark assessed 200 of the largest publicly traded companies in the world from the Agricultural Products, Apparel, Extractives and ICT Manufacturing sectors on 100 human rights indicators. This company's score was in the 30-40 band range. The overall average score was a disappointing 24%.
Source: CHRB (2019)
|Revenue||US$43.6 billion in 2015|
|Employees||150,000 in 2015|
|Subsidiaries||Anheuser-Busch Companies Inc.
Grupo Modelo S.A.B. de C.V.
Products / BrandsAB InBev
Budweiser Beer (imported)