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SUSTAINABLE WITH CHARACTER!

SUSTAINABILITY AND CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY (SCSR) ANNUAL REVIEW 2017

Preface

By Andrei Haret 

Grolsch stands for brewing special moments with character. And we have once again displayed that character in 2017 in the area of sustainability. That’s because we have achieved the lowest level of water and energy consumption in the brewery ever! This is a fantastic result! Particularly when you consider that we have been working for many years on water and energy reduction. It is therefore becoming increasingly difficult to find simple methods of achieving further water and energy savings. Nevertheless, by being alert, daring to look at things critically, challenging ourselves and actually tackling issues, we have once again succeeded in doing that.

As Grolsch, we have been pursuing an active sustainability policy for years. That makes us one of the greenest breweries in the Netherlands. We do this not only because it is good for the environment and because our customers increasingly expect that of us. We also do this to safeguard our continuity and because it will enable us to achieve cost savings. In this way, sustainability cuts both ways.

Circular thinking and acting
SCSR has become an indispensable part of our way of working on a day-to-day basis. We put this into practice through the most diverse range of projects. The basic principle for these projects is circular thinking and acting. Our brewery has a recycling percentage of no less than 99.8%. This means that nearly everything that we use in the brewery is reused in the chain. We are also very active in the area of green energy. In our waste water purification system, we produce a significant quantity of biogas. By using this biogas, 22% of our heating requirements is already sustainable.

Our ambition is to be a fully CO2 neutral brewery by 2025: a brewery at which all of the energy used is generated from renewable sources. This ambition arises from the conviction that we all have a responsibility to contribute to achieving a better, inclusive, and circular world. As part of that, we can and must operate in a way that is authentic and also based on our own (partial) interests.

With character
We believe that sustainability and corporate social responsibility will enable us and the world around us to move forward. As part of that, we challenge ourselves and we dare to experiment, however we remain true to our principles; our character. We say what we stand for and stand by what we say. In this report, you will read about the concrete results we have achieved as compared to our objectives for 2017. We will explain this based on various projects that we have carried out ourselves or in cooperation with various stakeholders.

After you read this report, I invite you to share your response, questions, comments and/or ideas with me or one of my colleagues. In that way, we can both stay sharp and we can continue to improve ourselves!

Kind regards,

Andrei Haret
Managing Director Royal Grolsch

01 About Grolsch
02 Summary of results
03 Market and Environment
04 SCSR approach
05 Stakeholders
06 Social and economic growth
07 Alcohol
08 Water
09 CO2 and waste
10 Cooperation in the chain
11 Goals for 2018
12 Want to know more?

Who is
Grolsch?

One of the strongest A-brands in the Netherlands

Has stood for Character and Craftmanship for more than 400 years

Awarded the designation 'Royal' in 1995

Maximum production capacity of 3.35 million hectolitres per year

Home market is the Netherlands

Active in more than 70 countries worldwide, including the United States, Canada, Australia, South Africa, Russia, Poland and Romania.

Focussed on customers aged 18 and older by means of the Dutch retail and on-trade market

Part of Asahi Europe Ltd. since October 2016

Recognised worldwide thanks to the unique swing-top bottle

Wie is
Grolsch?

  • One of the strongest A-brands in the Netherlands
  • Has stood for Character and Craftmanship for more than 400 years
  • Awarded the designation 'Royal' in 1995
  • Maximum production capacity of 3.35 million hectolitres per year
  • Home market is the Netherlands
  • Active in more than 70 countries worldwide, including the United States, Canada, Australia, South Africa, Russia, Poland and Romania.
  • Focussed on customers aged 18 and older by means of the Dutch retail and on-trade market
  • Part of Asahi Europe Ltd. since October 2016
  • Recognised worldwide thanks to the unique swing-top bottle

Facts and Figures

Volume of Royal Grolsch sold in 2017

  • Sales in the Netherlands

    (in million hl.)
  • International exports

    (in million hl.)
  • Total volume

    (in million hl.)

Facts and Figures

Market share and distribution

Facts and Figures

Grolsch contribution to the economy: Work opportunities and income state budget

Number of employees

Indirect employment 

(FTE)

Contribution to the Dutch state budget (incl. excise, VAT en income tax)

(in millions of euros)

Facts and Figures

Major economic value

The Netherlands is a true beer country. Each year, the now more than 400 Dutch brewers produce more than 24 million hectolitres of beer, of which 14 million for export. After Mexico, the Netherlands is the world’s second largest exporter of beer. Dutch beer is also very popular within the nation’s borders. 86% of all the beer consumed in the Netherlands is also brewed here. The entire sector provides 65,000 jobs and contributes EUR 2 billion to the Dutch state budget annually. The beer industry is also doing well in the area of sustainability. Compared to other industries, the beer industry is at the forefront when it comes to water, energy and agricultural use.

Source: The Dutch Brewers

 

Vision, ambition and values

Grolsch is characterised by its own view of the world and its view of beer in particular. Generation after generation, we followed our own path, did things differently. Our swing-top bottle is an excellent example of that. Grolsch is a strong brand and a company with a strong identity. But what do we stand for? What do we strive for? With our vision, ambition, and values we demonstrate what we feel is important.

 

Organisational Chart

Grolsch is part of Asahi Europe Ltd., which is a subsidiary of Asahi Group Holdings, an internationally operating Japanese company with a portfolio consisting of beer, spirits, soft drinks, and food. Asahi is the market leader in Japan, has a strong position in many international markets, and is actively expanding this international position. More information: www.asahigroup-holdings.com

 

Grolsch is part of Asahi Europe Ltd., which is a subsidiary of Asahi Group Holdings, an internationally operating Japanese company with a portfolio consisting of beer, spirits, soft drinks, and food. Asahi is the market leader in Japan, has a strong position in many international markets, and is actively expanding this international position. More information: www.asahigroup-holdings.com

 

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Sustainability & Corporate Social Responsibility summary for 2017

Volume sold
(in millions of hl.)

2,8

Market share in the Netherlands

14%

Number of
countries sold

>70

Number of
employees  

657

Social & economic growth
Contribution of Grolsch Craftsmanship Fund for 5 projects

110 projects submitted to Foundation Pak An

Women in supervisory/management
positions

16%



Alcohol
Expansion of portfolio of non-alcoholic beers: Grolsch 0.0% and new 0.0% Radlers
Introduction of low-sugar Radler variants: 35% less sugar
Events with
Grolsch 0.0% Radler: 83%
Facilitating a meeting of the anti-drink driving campaign Rijden Zonder Invloed
Bob promotional campaign during
Military Enschede

Water
Beer/water efficiency

3,21
(hl water/hl beer)

Lowest water consumption in the brewery ever
Water savings as compared to 2005:

33%





CO2 & Waste
  • Beer/CO2 efficiency (in kg CO2 eq/hl)

    5,82

  • Recycling/reuse of materials

    99,8%

  • Since 2005 CO2 emissions were reduced by:

    32%

  • Proportion of green energy in total energy consumption

    15%

  • Lowest energy consumption in the brewery ever

Grolsch encourages responsible alcohol consumption

Transparent about nutritional values

On our Grolsch packaging, we report extensively on the nutritional values of pilsner and specialty beer. Previously, only the energy value was indicated, but currently the content of fats, saturated fatty acids, carbohydrates, sugars, proteins and salt per 100 ml have been added. We consider transparency to be important, as we want to enable consumers to make a well-considered choice when purchasing beer. Our website www.koninklijkegrolsch.nl also contains the nutritional values of all of our beers.

Responsible alcohol consumption website

Following the acquisition by Asahi Europe Ltd, in late 2016, Grolsch presented a new website in the area of responsible alcohol consumption. For the Netherlands, this is www.overAlcohol.nl and across the borders, this has changed to www.aboutalcohol.com.

This website informs you about the advantages and disadvantages of alcohol consumption. The website shows in an objective manner the effect that alcohol has on the body, what role alcohol plays in our daily lives, and how you can deal with that. It offers news, links and views of alcohol and pleads for responsible alcohol consumption. It presents the harmful effects of irresponsible alcohol consumption on people and on our society. The goal is to give as much information as possible in brief, clear overviews and relevant topics. Various sources were used to create this website to be able to present the information in the most objective and accurate manner possible.

The website, www.aboutalcohol.com, has now also become part of the responsible alcohol consumption programme for all of Asahi Europe Ltd and the website is active in several countries.

 

Sales of non-alcoholic beer continue to increase

Continuing the trend of recent years, the popularity of non-alcoholic beer has continued to increase. This is clear from the 2017 beer consumption figures. In 2017, consumption increased by 4% compared to the previous year. 52% of beer drinkers occasionally drink non-alcoholic beer. Taste is increasingly playing a role in the choice for non-alcoholic beer. The growing trend ties in with the current zeitgeist and social trend towards enjoying alcohol more responsibly. Enjoying alcohol responsibly is the social norm. Figures from the Dutch National Institute of Public Health and Environmental Protection (RIVM) show that a vast majority of 92% of consumers who enjoy an occasional alcoholic beverage do so responsibly and in moderation. Average alcohol consumption has decreased by 17% since 2000. Brewers are also responding to this trend. Not only with the increased supply of non-alcoholic beer, but also by continuing to innovate in the area of beers with a lower alcohol percentage.

Source: The Dutch Brewers

'I have to drive' 57%

'I like the taste' 40%

'I'm taking a break from drinking alcohol' 39%

Connected with the region

As a beer brand, Grolsch travels all around the world, but the connection with Twente and the Achterhoek remains. This is our native soil; our roots are here. Grolsch has traditionally had many loyal fans in the eastern part of the Netherlands. The success of Grolsch has largely come about due to local craftsmanship. From the original establishment of the beer in 1615 in Grolle to the current modern brewery in Enschede, our regional involvement has always been strong. And we want to keep it that way! With the Grolsch Craftsmanship Fund, for example, we want to further emphasize this and promote social and economic growth in the region. At the same time, we also support various initiatives, associations and projects in the immediate vicinity of the brewery. This ranges from supporting the sustainable energy campaign ‘Enschede Wekt op!’ of the Municipality of Enschede to the collaboration with De Koepel Foundation of Boekelo/Usselo. We cannot and will not be separated from the region!

Central coordination from SCSR team

The multidisciplinary Grolsch SCSR team is the spider in the web and coordinates the various projects and ideas in the area of sustainability and corporate social responsibility. The team holds monthly discussions on the policy and its implementation. The team members prepare action plans and, in consultation with the management, determine which projects will be launched and implemented. And of course the team keeps close track of the progress and performance, because we want to communicate that to a broad public – both internally and externally. After all, we can be quite proud of what we have achieved!

F.l.t.r: Susan Ladrak Manager Engineering & Sustainable Development, Koert van ’t Hof Manager Corporate Affairs, Eino Staman Specialist Specialist Safety, Health & Environment, Joost Nawijn Packaging Material Development Specialist, Jaap Hulshof Manager Corporate Sponsoring & Events

Stakeholders

Results

Grolsch scored very highly with regard to participation in social and economic programmes focussing on people, society, and the environment. For example, various social projects already receive financial support and Grolsch does a great deal to raise awareness among employees with regard to sustainable employability.

1

Goal

Further expanding and communicating Foundation Pak An and the Grolsch Craftsmanship Fund.

Result

Foundation Pak An: 110 plans were submitted in 2017. A selection of these plans received support in the form of networking, coaching, publicity, and/or financing.
Grolsch Craftsmanship Fund: 29 new initiatives were submitted and five projects have each received financial support of 5,000 euros.

2

Goal

Promoting additional regional volunteering by Grolsch employees through proactive and better utilisation of the opportunities of the Enschede Challenge.

Result

We once again facilitated the Trade Floor. Actively encouraged employees to contribute to social and civic projects through the 'Asahi Europe Challenge'.

3

Goal

Conducting a machine safety risk inventory and evaluation (RI&E).

Result

Carried out two inventories and evaluations and converted the findings into an action plan and into implementation. Completed the preparations for the RI&Es at two other packaging lines for implementation in 2018.

4

Goal

Optimising the emergency response (BHV) organisation.

Result

The basis for the emergency response organisation has been strengthened. Response tests have been carried out. The SMS alert system – as implemented in late 2016 – is functioning well. The response of the emergency response organisation during incidents is in order.

5

Goal

Further increasing the share of women in management positions annually to 30% in 2020.

Result

In 2017 the share of women in management positions is 16%. Unfortunately, we have decreased slightly as compared to 2016.

6

Goal

Implementing the improvement opportunities identified for working in a more healthy and productive manner.

Result

Absenteeism percentage decreased to 4.3% (MAT).
Engagement survey score 7.6.

7

Goal

Creating awareness among employees about sustainable employability.

Result

Increase in use of the 55+ scheme.
This is regularly the subject in organisation-wide internal communication, during various department and team discussions and in manager training.

Social projects

Grolsch likes to dedicate itself to making a positive contribution to society. We demonstrate this by supporting a wide range of predominately regional projects; all of them social projects that encourage a sustainable living environment. It would take up too much space to describe them all here, which is why we made a small selection.

Grolsch Craftsmanship Fund

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Deal With It! (Anpakken)

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Enschede Challenge

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Grolsch Seats

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Truckrun

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Support for on-trade entrepeneurs

FINANCIAL DASHBOARD

Together with on-trade entrepreneurs, we are working on quality improvements. We support them in their further professionalization. In cooperation with a number of leading – national and regional – accounting firms, we offer on-trade entrepreneurs a financial dashboard that gives them insight into their financial performance and KPIs. With this dashboard, they are given extensive insight into their financial position 24/7. Unique benchmark data are also available. In this way, we hope to continue to help and stimulate these entrepreneurs, with quality as the core principle.

Working on a safe working environment

Structural approach to safety

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ISO 14001 en OHSAS 18001 certification body surveillance audits

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Safe workplace

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Reduction in number of odour reports

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Environmental permit renewal

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Sustainable employability of employees

In order to keep realising our objectives in the future, it is important that our employees be sustainably employable. This involves ensuring that employees remain vital, healthy and productive in the organisation throughout every phase of their life and career. They develop along with the company and can better respond to changes to their function, changes in their career and developments inside and outside the organisation.

Sustainable Employability work group

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More control over your own career

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Healthier and more productive working

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'Huis van Werkvermogen'

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Participation Act (Participatiewet)

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Ensuring technical knowledge and experience

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Employee development

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Results

Grolsch had four concrete goals for 2017 in the area of responsible alcohol consumption.

1

Goal

Further increase the availability and visibility of our Grolsch 0.0% Radler varieties, particularly at events.

Result

Availability of Grolsch 0.0% Radler at events has increased from 73% in 2015 to 83% in 2017 thanks among other things to the use of POS materials, glassware, and promotional teams.

2

Goal

Setting up two activities in partnership that focus on alcohol and driving.

Result

In October, we successful set up a Bob activity at Military, the largest public event in the eastern part of the Netherlands. In December 2017, we facilitated a meeting in cooperation with Rijden Zonder Invloed, in which young people could experience in virtual reality what it is like to drive under the influence.

3

Goal

Following up on the FAS documentary and the FAS book to increase understanding of FAS and to raise awareness in the Netherlands.

Result

Financial contribution to the FAS project of ‘Het Witte Bos’ to optimise and expand their social media and website reach.

4

Goal

Helping to set up a project geared towards young people with the goal of further improving how young people deal responsibly with exposure to alcohol.

Result

Supporting the Booze project from Kikid and Stiva. A theatre educational project was started with performances in Enschede in mid June 2017. In total, 36 performances were given throughout the country.

Activities

100% Grolsch, 0% alcohol

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35% less sugar

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Bob at the Military

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VVN Inspiration Day

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Rijden Zonder Invloed

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Booze alcohol prevention

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Employees and responsible alcohol consumption

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Working together on responsible alcohol consumption

Grolsch works together with various organisations to encourage responsible alcohol consumption.

 

Our policy for commercial communication

Grolsch communicates proactively about responsible alcohol consumption. We make it clear to consumers in countless ways that sensible consumption of beer is important. We do that by means of the educational logos on the labels, platforms such as the website www.aboutalcohol.com, and national and regional projects such as the Bob (designated driver) campaigns.

An internal commission assesses all of our advertising. That is because this advertising must comply with both the national Advertising Code for Alcoholic Beverages (STIVA) and our own internal advertising code. At Grolsch, we take our responsibilities in this regard very seriously.

  •  No activities geared towards minors
  • beleid_dronkenschap No depictions of drunkenness
  • beleid_verkeer No alcohol and driving
  • beleid_succes No sexual or social success
  • beleid_geweld No violence
  • beleid_toetsing Review by internal committee commissie (SMRC)
  • beleid_training Continuous training

Our packaging bears three educational logos: no alcohol under the age of 18, no alcohol during pregnancy, and no alcohol and driving.

Results

In 2017, we used 3.21 hectolitres of water for the production of 1 hectolitre of beer. This is the lowest water consumption per hl of produced beer that we have ever achieved. In 2016, the water consumption was still 3.55 hl/hl. All in all, in 2017, we reduced consumption by 9.6% as compared to 2016. As compared to 2005, the reduction is no less than 33%!

1

Goal

Reduce water consumption per hectolitre of beer to 3.40 hl in 2017.

Result

Water consumption in 2017: 3.21 hl water/hl beer. In that way, the goal has been more than achieved.

2

Goal

Further optimisation of the cleaning processes in Brewing.

Result

Carried out as planned, savings achieved.

3

Goal

More efficient production and use of so-called degassed water.

Result

Carried out as planned, savings achieved.

4

Goal

Reusing rinse water from the filters (Utilities).

Result

Water treatment installation commissioned in August 2017. Water conservation achieved of approximately 0.10 hl/hl.

5

Goal

Further improvement of the efficiency of the filling lines.

Result

This is a continuous process. Major steps have been taken, particularly in the can line. Water objective 2017 more than achieved.

6

Goal

Further optimisation of the water consumption in Utilities.

Result

Carried out as planned, savings achieved.

Activities

Reuse of rinse water filters

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Get basics right Packaging

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Optimisation of bottle rinsing machines

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Water risk assessment

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Further improvement of the efficiency of the filling lines

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Optimisation waste water treatment

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Results

In 2017, we achieved our lowest energy consumption per hectolitre of filled beer ever: 88.38 MJ/hl. In 2016, that was still 93.6 MJ/hl. An energy reduction of no less than 5.6% as compared to 2016 and no less than 32% as compared to 2005!

The percentage of reuse of waste is already very high at Grolsch, 99.8%. The share of green energy by self-produced biogas is 15%. Though, further optimization within the circular policy is an ongoing focus for Grolsch and Grolsch strives to become a fully climate neutral brewery in 2025.

 

1

Goal

Further improving the efficiency of the filling lines.

Result

This is a continuous process. Significant improvements have been implemented and the goal has been achieved in conformance with the plan.

2

Goal

Optimisation of the cooling system – step 3.

Result

Implemented optimised compressor regulators.
Prepared models to determine the optimal settings for the cooling installation. The selected model will be implemented in 2018. In that way, we will soon always use the optimal (energy) settings.

3

Goal

Increasing the efficiency of the heat supply.

Result

Reuse of residual heat in boilers: Implemented a detailed design in 2017, as created in 2016. Planned conservation achieved.

Heat exchanger in the chimney for reuse of residual heat:
Created a detailed design for recovery of heat from the chimney. The project will be implemented in the first half of 2018.

4

Goal

Optimising the large pumps in Utilities and Brewing.

Result

Commenced a study of large consumers and identified improvement potential. In 2018, further develop and implement actions to actually reduce energy consumption.

5

Goal

Optimising the 85-degree water system.

Result

Quick-wins have been implemented and modest savings were achieved.

6

Goal

Less heat for rinsing machines in the filling lines.

Result

Expanded insulation, optimised heat exchangers and adjusted temperature settings. Total savings of 0.43 MJ/hl achieved.

7

Goal

Optimising the ventilation in Packaging.

Result

Conducted a feasibility study and identified improvement potential. Savings possible, but at high costs (payback period >10 years), as a result of which this plan has been postponed for the time being.

8

Goal

Less compressed air in Packaging.

Result

A system has been implemented for registering leaks and rapidly following up on them. Initial results visible. Further optimisation in 2018.

9

Goal

The climate neutral study was completed in 2015

Result

An extensive report is available with a high-level plan for making the brewery climate-neutral by 2025. Various potential energy sources have been studied, a model has been prepared, and the most optimal scenario for Grolsch was selected. We are now looking at the implementation and an action plan.

10

Goal

Continuing with further cardboard reduction.

Result

We work continuously on further reducing our quantities of cardboard.

11

Goal

Limiting use of glass in bottles (this is a continuous process when developing new bottles).

Result

Conducted various projects to further reduce the use of glass (1.5 litre for swing-top bottles, 330 ml for export bottles and MGD bottles).

12

Goal

Creating even more labels without aluminium.

Result

For various beers, we have chosen labels without aluminium (e.g. Kornuit and Grolsch 0.0%).

Activities

Paris Climate Accord

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Step 3 in cooling system optimisation

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Energy reduction in cooling of the MCC room

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Reuse of residual heat

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Get basics right Packaging

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Sustainable steam delivery study by Twence

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Circular economy (biogas)

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Less light, lower costs

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Circular Economy

No less than 99.8% of our waste is reused! For example, the brewers’ grains that are released during brewing are sold to farmers throughout the Netherlands as animal feed, yeast is reused in the pharmaceutical industry, and our labels are used in the paper packaging of frozen products.

Sustainability is also key for the packaging that Grolsch designs. 100% of our packaging is FSC certified. We use lightweight packaging and ensure that bottles are reused. We also encourage recycling, which both saves raw materials and is less damaging to the environment.

Our wastewater purification produces a great deal of biogas. We produce enough biogas to meet 15% of our total energy needs ourselves in this way. This makes Grolsch the brewery with the highest share of biogas within Asahi Europe Ltd.

Activities in the brewery

Reuse of 50 million kilograms of brewers' grains per year

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Saving on materials

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Further reduction in glass use

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From waste to new crate

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Keep innovating

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Activities outside the brewery

When it comes to our CO2 footprint, we look beyond our core business. We work together closely with our partners to make transport as efficient as possible.

 

More environmentally friendly transport

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Use of inland navigation

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Better use deal

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Lean & Green

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Sustainability in the chain

As part of Asahi, Grolsch is able to take advantage of the knowledge and expertise available internationally. That helps us to take advantage of opportunities, create economies of scale, and avoid cost duplication. We share our local best practices and successes in the area of innovation, marketing, technical standards, and training.

Growing

Grolsch is a member of the NIBEM Foundation, of whose Board we are a member. So Grolsch works together with various malting barley growers on further improving of business operations, increasing quality and ensuring the availability of malting barley. This foundation supports the sustainable cultivation of Dutch malting barley. See also the website www.nibem.nl.

The waste from our brewery is largely organic. The brewer’s grains that are released during beer brewing is a valuable by-product. Farmers throughout the Netherlands purchase and use this protein-rich product as cattle feed.

Brewing

We have been brewing our beer for more than 400 years with passion and craftsmanship. We use the latest technologies in the brewing process, and we continuously monitor our water and energy consumption. By improving our processes, we are increasingly able to save water and energy. The yeast that we using during brewing is reused in the pharmaceutical sector.

 

Packaging

Due to the return system in the Netherlands, a large portion of our beer is sold in reusable bottles and casks. 100% of our primary packaging – our jars, bottles and casks – are recycled. Even our labels are reused in the brick industry. We work in close cooperation with suppliers to make annual improvements in even more efficient packaging.

Our packaging carries three educational logos: no alcohol for minors, no alcohol during pregnancy, and no alcohol while driving. We also provide the link to www.aboutAlcohol.com on all of our labels. On this website, consumers can find more information about the consequences (both positive and negative) of alcohol for the body.

Transport

We work together actively with our transporters to drive as efficiently and intelligently as possible, use as little fuel as possible, and reduce CO2 emissions. In addition, we strive to make use of inland navigation as much as possible for our transport; that is substantially less taxing for the environment because of much lower (-70%) CO2 emissions per comparable quantity of beer.

Marketing, sale and enjoyment

We work intensively with retailers and hospitality entrepreneurs so that consumers can enjoy our beer responsibly at home or in cafes, bars, and restaurants. Based on partnerships, we develop new opportunities together in the areas of innovation, operational efficiency, employment, and responsible alcohol consumption.

Social & Economic growth

In order to promote social and economic growth in the coming year, we will work on the following:

  • Further expanding and communicating the Grolsch Craftsmanship Fund and the Pak An Foundation

  • Further expanding and communicating Grolsch's involvement in various regional social projects

  • Further promoting regional volunteering and involvement in social-development projects by Grolsch employees

  • Further increasing the percentage of women in management positions to 30% in 2020

  • Starting the Grolsch Craftsman training for technicians to ensure greater appeal on the job market and well-trained technical personnel

  • Initiating the identified areas for improvement in the context of sustainable employability (e.g. further increasing awareness among employees, Periodic Medical Examination, PensioenPod and safe driving for lease vehicle drivers)

  • Conducting a risk inventory and evaluation (RI&E) for traffic and pedestrian safety in the outside area of the brewery

  • Conducting two machine safety RI&Es

  • Updating and further expanding LOTOTO (Lock Out, Tag Out, Try Out) knowledge among employees

Alcohol

We will continue to encourage responsible alcohol consumption in 2018 by, among other things:

  • Further increasing the availability and visibility of our Grolsch 0.0% Radler varieties, particularly at events

  • Setting up two events in partnerships that focus on alcohol and driving

  • Udertaking and co-developing initiatives to further increase knowledge and awareness of FAS in the Netherlands

  • Continuing to support, expand, and communicate the Booze project to raise awareness among young people of the risks of alcohol consumption

Water

We would like to reduce our water consumption per hectolitre of beer to 3.16 hl/hl in the coming year. We will work on this by means of a number of projects, including:

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    Further improving the efficiency of the filling lines

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    Further optimising the water consumption in Utilities

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    Various improvement projects in teams

CO2 and waste

We would like to reduce our CO2 emissions per hectolitre of beer to 5.64 kg CO2 eq/hl in 2018 by implementing the following projects:

  • Further improving the efficiency of the filling lines

  • Increasing the efficiency of the heat supply (such as through a heat exchanger in the chimney)

  • Further optimising the cooling system

  • Optimising the large pumps in Utilities and Brewing

  • Completing the rinsing machine optimisation project in the filling lines

  • Reducing compressed air use in Packaging

  • Various improvement projects in teams

  • Further reducing intra-brewery traffic (traffic inside the brewery)

CO2 and waste

We would like to further reduce our amount of waste by:

  • Continuing with further cardboard reduction and further increasing the proportion of recycled paper

  • Limiting use of glass in bottles (this is a continuous process when developing new bottles)

  • Creating even more labels without aluminium

  • Use more recycled plastics from different sources as packaging material

Want to know more?

At Grolsch, we are actively committed to a sustainable and environmentally friendly manufacturing process for our beers. We devote attention to the people in our environment: employees, customers, suppliers, local residents, and other stakeholders. Over the past years, we have implemented numerous structural improvements. We of course intend to continue on this route. Still, we believe that there is always room for improvement. We would like to receive ideas about how to do that. Can things be done better? Smarter? More environment-friendly or more clearly? We are open to questions, comments and suggestions about our method of sustainable and responsible business practice. We always enjoy entering into a dialogue.

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