Water is at the basis of everything we do at Anheuser-Busch, so we feel a deep responsibility to be stewards of the water that sustains our communities, gives life to our earth, and goes into the beers we proudly brew.
Anheuser-Busch partners with environmental groups who share our purpose to protect our environment, such as Keep America Beautiful and River Network. As a result, we have organized more than 13,000 Anheuser-Busch employees, family members, and friends to volunteer for more than 150 river and watershed protection cleanups across the country, with 20 additional cleanups planned for this year to improve local water quality and availability. We have also mobilized more than 43,000 volunteers to plant over 63,000 trees and remove over 840,000 pounds of trash for World Environment Day since 2010.
At Anheuser-Busch, we are proud to commit to the future of our planet with programs that support water stewardship throughout our supply chain. Through our Smart Agriculture program, we work with our growers to reduce water usage in farming and partner with groups such as Water.Org through Stella Artois, a program where purchasing a special edition chalice will provide five years of clean drinking water for one person in the developing world. Since 2015, Stella’s “Buy a Lady a Drink” campaign has changed the lives of more than 1.5 million people, with the goal of providing access to clean water for over 3.5 million people in the developing world by 2020.
Anheuser-Busch’s water conservancy efforts continue to flourish, in our breweries and facilities, where we have already reduced our water usage across our 12 major breweries by nearly 50% in the past ten years – the equivalent of 73 billion cans of beer!
Finding the right solutions is all about teamwork, and programs such as our annual “How Much Water Can You Save?” competition challenges employees at 45 of our facilities across the country to develop new ways to save water.
By 2025, our goals include ensuring 100% of our 100 facilities and breweries are engaged in water efficiency efforts and reducing our water usage by an additional 9%, saving more than 740 million gallons of water. These goals also include new targets around ensuring water access and quality in high-stress communities.
Engaging 100% of our facilities in water conservation efforts by 2025 gives us purpose beyond brewing.
As we write the next chapter in Anheuser-Busch’s great story, we want to stay in touch with you!
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