Previously the world's second largest brewer, until it was acquired by the world's largest brewer AB InBev in 2016 for over US$100 billion. SABMiller is a major bottler of Coca-Cola products and its beers dominate many markets throughout Africa and Asia. Bought Australian brewer Foster's Group in 2011 for A$9.9 billion.
| Anheuser-Busch InBev SA/NV
owns 100% of SABMiller PLC
SABMiller avoids roughly $32 million of taxes in Africa and India each year, according to a 2010 report released by ActionAid. [Listed under Information due to age of report]
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This company is a partner of the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition, which claims will lift 50 million people in Africa out of poverty by 2022. But according to a 2015 report by ActionAid, the scheme will benefit multinational companies at the expense of small-scale farmers and is likely to increase poverty and inequality in Africa. Launched in 2012, the New Alliance provides aid money from rich countries like the US and the UK, and helps big business invest in the African agricultural sector. But in return, African countries are required to change their land, seed and trade rules in favour of big business. The New Alliance will: Make it easier for big corporations to grab land in Africa: Prevent farmers from breeding, saving and exchanging seeds: Heavily promote chemical fertilisers and pesticides, which increase farmersÂ’ risk of debt as well as damaging the environment and farmers' health: Replace family farms with low paid, insecure jobs; and Prevent countries from restricting crop exports, even at times of domestic shortage.
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As listed on the We Mean Business website, this company has committed to the following climate action initiatives: develop low carbon action plan.
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California, the UK and Australia have all enacted legislation requiring companies operating within their borders to disclose their efforts to eradicate modern slavery from their operations and supply chains. Follow the link to see this company's disclosure statement.
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|Anheuser-Busch InBev SA/NV|
In 2018, 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 2018][More on Human Rights]
In 2018, 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 B.
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This company received a score of 9.5/100 (retrieved 14-Feb-2018) 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 2018][More on Habitats]
As You Sow's 2018 report, Mining the Disclosures, is a deep analysis of 206 companies' human rights performance in relation to sourcing conflict minerals from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). This company's score was below 40% (Weak).
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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 2017][More on Sustainability Reporting]
The 2017 Corporate Human Rights Benchmark assessed 98 of the largest publicly traded companies in the world from the Agricultural Products, Apparel and Extractives sectors on 100 human rights indicators. This company's score was in the 20-29 band range. The overall average score was 28.7%.
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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.
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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 2016][More on Governance]
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 2019][More on Governance]
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
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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 2010][More on Governance]
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.
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As listed on the We Mean Business website, this company has committed to the following climate action initiatives: commit to 100% renewable power.
[Source 2017][More on Climate Change]
AB InBev set 3 year environmental goals in 2009 which resulted in an 18.6% reduction in water use, a 15.7% decrease in carbon emissions and an increase in the recycling rate for solid waste and by-products from 98.2% to 99.2% by 2012.
[Source 2012][More on Environmental Claims]
This company was included in Bloomberg's 2019 Gender-Equality Index, a list of 230 companies committed to transparency in gender reporting and advancing women's equality in the workplace.
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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 2016][More on Multi-Stakeholder Initiatives]
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.
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In their 2017 report 'Feeding Ourselves Thirsty', Ceres looks at how food sector companies are responding to water risks. 42 companies were assessed on a 0-100 point basis across four categories of water management: governance and strategy, direct operations, manufacturing supply chain and agricultural supply chain. This company received a score of 43/100.
[Source 2017][More on Habitats]
Rank a Brand searches the websites of brands for the answers to carefully targeted questions. From this they calculate sustainability scores based on the themes of environment, climate, labor issues, and transparency. Brands owned by this company received a 'C'.
[Source 2016][More on Sustainability Reporting]
|Company Structure||Wholly-owned subsidiary|
|Revenue||US$22.3 billion in 2014|
|# Employees||70,000 in 2014|
|Address||London, United Kingdom|
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SABMiller acquired by AB InBev
6th Oct 2016 — SABMiller shareholders have backed a multi-billion dollar takeover by brewer AB InBev. Shareholders voted overwhelmingly in favour, with 95.5% of minority investors approving the deal, providing a clear victory for AB InBev. The deal is expected to be complete by 10 October.
The takeover will mean that AB InBev, which is already the world's largest brewer, will sell one in four beers worldwide. This includes beer and cider brands owned by Carlton & United Breweries including Cascade, Strongbow, Stella Artois, Pure Blonde and Dirty Granny cider. The deal has dropped Carlton & United Breweries Shop Ethical! rating from a C to an F.
See more on the social and environmental track record of AB InBev at the Shop Ethical! company profile page.[source]
World's top two brewing companies likely to merge
8th Oct 2015 — Anheuser-Busch InBev has increased its offer for SABMiller (whose flagship brands include Grolsch, Pilsner Urquell and Peroni) to almost £68bn, as the prospect of a merger between the two brewing giants becomes increasingly likely.
The revised proposal represents a valuation of £42.15 per share in cash, with a partial share alternative available for approximately 41% of SABMiller shares. The latest bid is a significant increase from Anheuser-Busch`s original offering of £38 per share and amounts to a 44% premium on SABMiller`s closing price before speculation about a takeover was renewed. It was also said to be `highly attractive` to SABMiller`s shareholders.
Any deal between the two brewers would create the world`s largest beer maker and house some of the sector`s most well-known brands, including Budweiser and Grolsch. A combined company would generate annual revenues of $64bn.
See more about the companies behind your brew at Shop Ethical! beer comparison page.[source]
SABMiller bid to acquire Foster's
23rd Jun 2011 — The United Kingdom's SAB Miller plans to buyout Australia's largest brewer, the Foster's Group (formerly Carlton and United Breweries) for $A 12.22 billion. The deal would partly put the London-listed brewer in a strategic position to grab the market from Belgium-based Anheuser-Busch inBev. [source]
SABMiller beers now brewed locally
8th Aug 2010 — Pacific beverages, a joint venture between Coca Cola Amatil and SABMiller, opened a new brewery in Newcastle, NSW, in July 2010, where it will produce Bluetongue beer and the majority of brands in the SABMiller global portfolio. We have moved imported beers Castle, Grolsch, Miller Draft, Peroni Nastro Azzurro and Pilsner Urquell to the beer product table. [source]