AB InBev Pats Themselves on the Back


BRUSSELS, Belgium, Anheuser-Busch InBev today released its 2010 Global Citizenship Report. The publication details AB InBev's progress toward goals and initiatives that form the company's Better World program including the three pillars of promoting responsible drinking, protecting the environment, and giving back to the communities in which AB InBev employees live and work. The report is available to view and download on AB InBev’s website at http://www.ab-inbev.com/go/social_responsibility.cfm


"The collective strength of our 114,000 people, based in 23 countries, is helping us strive to be the 'Best Beer Company in a Better World,'" said Carlos Brito, Chief Executive Officer of Anheuser-Busch InBev. "Achieving this goal starts with providing the highest-quality products and the best consumer experience possible. By building the strongest competitive and financial position we can, we create the opportunity to deliver on our Better World commitment, on behalf of our employees, our communities and the world at large."

Global achievements for the 2009-2010 reporting period include:

In 2010, AB InBev more than tripled annual media placement investment in responsible drinking advertising.

AB InBev launched the first-ever Global Be(er) Responsible Day in 2010. Approximately 16,000 employees joined in marketplace visits to talk with customers and consumers about responsible drinking. Activities included: helping retailers prevent sales to minors, building awareness of the benefits of designated drivers, and promoting AB InBev's growing roster of non-alcoholic products.

In 2010, AB InBev's global operations used 6 percent less water per hectoliter of production than in 2009, and have reduced water use per hectoliter of production by 19.7 percent since 2007 - a savings equivalent to more than 16,000 Olympic-sized swimming pools. The company's average water use in 2010 was 4.04 hectoliters per hectoliter of production (hl/hl), ensuring it is on track to reach its target of 3.5 hl/hl by the end of 2012.

The company reduced its energy use per hectoliter of production by 3.7 percent in 2010 and by more than 14 percent since 2007. In the 2010 Carbon Disclosure Project's environmental rankings, AB InBev was the highest rated brewer in point score and combined grade. The company is on track to achieve its goal of reducing energy use per hectoliter by 10 percent by the end of 2012.

For the second year, AB InBev employees and stakeholders globally rallied around the United Nations Environment Programme's annual World Environment Day to further sustainability efforts. Employees led 567 environmental and volunteer projects ranging from operational innovations to community clean-ups and public education campaigns.

AB InBev continued its strong support of the communities in which it operates through its economic contributions. In 2010, those contributions included: wages and salaries paid to its approximately 114,000 employees worldwide totaling 2.9 billion USD; capital expenditures totaling 2.1 billion USD, with investments in facilities, distribution networks and systems generating jobs and local economic growth; and more than 11 billion USD paid in excise and income taxes.

The company continued its support of humanitarian relief activities. This included donations of approximately 850,000 cans of drinking water for U.S. disaster relief activities around the country. In China, when a once-in-a-century drought swept across the Yunnan Province, the company helped fund the construction of 150 wells to provide a sustainable water supply for 10,000 residents, as well as to support industrial and agricultural production.

AB InBev's three-year Better World plan (2010-2012) includes setting and measuring key social responsibility metrics and sharing best practices across all functions and geographic zones. The plan was developed following an in-depth employee and stakeholder consultation process and was approved by AB InBev's Board of Directors in October 2009. The Beer & Better World Taskforce, responsible for implementing the Better World plan, reports to the CEO and company's Board of Directors; and is supported by the Better World Council, made up of senior company leaders and with additional counsel from two members of the company’s Board of Directors.

AB InBev consults the Global Reporting Initiative's (GRI) Sustainability Reporting Guidelines and self-reports at the B-Level. The company was ranked No. 1 in Social Responsibility in the beverage industry in the 2011 FORTUNE "World's Most Admired Companies" list.

About Anheuser-Busch InBev
Anheuser-Busch InBev is a publicly traded company (Euronext: ABI) based in Leuven, Belgium, with an American Depositary Receipt secondary listing on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: BUD). It is the leading global brewer and one of the world's top five consumer products companies. A true consumer-centric, sales driven organization, AB InBev manages a portfolio of well over 200 beer brands that includes global flagship brands Budweiser®, Stella Artois® and Beck’s®, fast growing multi-country brands like Leffe® and Hoegaarden®, and strong "local champions" such as Bud Light®, Skol®, Brahma®, Quilmes®, Michelob®, Harbin®, Sedrin®, Klinskoye®, Sibirskaya Korona®, Chernigivske®, and Jupiler®, among others. In addition, the company owns a 50 percent equity interest in the operating subsidiary of Grupo Modelo, Mexico's leading brewer and owner of the global Corona® brand. AB InBev's dedication to heritage and quality is rooted in brewing traditions that originate from the Den Hoorn brewery in Leuven, Belgium, dating back to 1366 and the pioneering spirit of the Anheuser & Co brewery, which traces its origins back to 1852 in St. Louis, USA. Geographically diversified with a balanced exposure to developed and developing markets, AB InBev leverages the collective strengths of its approximately 114 000 employees based in operations in 23 countries across the world. The company strives to be the Best Beer Company in a Better World. In 2010, AB InBev realized 36.3 billion US dollar revenue. For more information, please visit: www.ab-inbev.com.

About Better World
Through our commitment to be the Best Beer Company in a Better World, Anheuser-Busch InBev is the beer industry leader in social responsibility initiatives, ranking No. 1 in the beverage industry in social responsibility in FORTUNE Magazine's "World's Most Admired" beverage companies' list. Our Better World efforts focus on three pillars: promoting responsible drinking; protecting the environment; and giving back to the communities in which we live and work. Around the world, we develop and implement social responsibility programs and campaigns in partnership with parents, government officials, community organizations, retailers and others. From promoting responsible drinking messages on some of the world’s most watched television programming, to turning coconut husks into renewable energy to fuel our breweries, to volunteering in the community, Anheuser-Busch InBev and its employees are committed to making a difference.