Guinness unveils sustainability report, supports SDGs

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Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi

Guinness Nigeria Plc has released its Sustainability Report for 2016, with performance indicators on various aspects of its operations and targets for the future.

The Managing Director, Guinness Nigeria Plc, Mr. Peter Ndegwa, said the ambition of the company was to become the best performing, most trusted and respected consumer products’ firm in the world.

Ndegwa said Guinness remained committed to helping the country meet its Sustainable Development Goals targets, especially in the area of providing access to water and sanitation for the majority of the people.

“In this regard, the company has made significant investments,” he noted.

According to him, the report is one of the ways the company measures its progress against the sustainability and responsibility targets.

“The report also serves as an expression of our continuing commitment to embedding sustainability into our daily interactions and operations,” Ndegwa added.

The report was unveiled at a ceremony attended by various stakeholder groups and partners such as the Federal Road Safety Corps, Lagos Business School, WaterAid, Institute for Industrial Technology and Diageo’s Global Sustainable Development Director, David Croft, among others.

The report titled, ‘Sustainability: From Grain to Glass’, is an 87-page document that covers the company’s performance within the stated period and focuses on material issues critical to the sustainability of its business.

“Every year, we set ourselves stretching targets that will guide us as we work to reduce our negative impact on the environment. We also strive to increase our positive social impact by delivering transformational social investments in communities where we operate. This report captures our achievements in the 2016 financial year,” the report read in part.

Croft said Guinness Nigeria’s sustainable development strategy, which aligns with Diageo’s global strategy, was supported by three main pillars of leadership in alcohol in the society, building thriving communities and reducing environmental impact.

“Delivering on these goals is an integral part of our long term business strategy and our commitment to making a real difference in communities where we operate,” he added.

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