June, 1 at the St Petersburg International Economic Forum the presentation of the unique survey of the best sustainability practices of the large FMCG companies operating in Russia was held. Anders Bering, Carlsberg Group Corporate Affairs Vice-President, shared the company’s expertise in implementing sustainability initiatives and practices.
The presentation of the survey and discussion on the current state of corporate social responsibility and its perspectives took place during the meeting of the Corporate Social Responsibility Committee of the Association of managers with support of EY and The Foreign Investment Advisory Council (FIAC).
The survey was conducted by EY with the participation of the FIAC member companies. During the survey, researchers analyzed sustainability best practices of 10 major international food, beverage and FMCG producers that are members of FIAC and operate in Russia. The survey provides data on the priority focus of these companies in sustainable development, as well as examples of projects being implemented by them with the aim of achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
«Carlsberg Group’s four sustainability priority areas support several of the UN sustainability development goals. Among other things our activities will contribute to increase the usage of clean energy, reduce waste and mitigate water scarcity. We are ready to partner with governments and other stakeholders to help achieve the global goals. Our major aim is to create long-term value for our business and the communities where we operate», − commented Anders Bering, Carlsberg Group Corporate Affairs Vice-President.
The survey identified, for the past three years on the territory of Russia the companies’ greenhouse gas emissions per unit of output decreased by 4.9%. In its turn, Baltika Breweries decreased specific CO2 emissions by 16% from 2010-2016.
In the list of the best practices, that Baltika Breweries presented for the survey, was the implementation of ISO 50001 energy management standard in cooperation with UNIDO. Baltika became the first Russian participant in the project “Market Transformation Programme on Energy Efficiency in GHG-intensive industries in Russia.” In 2015, the company received an award “For Industry Leadership in Energy Management System Implementation in accordance with the UNIDO Programme” at the Vienna Energy Forum.
Owing to this and other initiatives, Baltika Breweries reduced the specific consumption of resources significantly from 2010-2016: water by 22%, electricity by 24%, thermal energy by 35%.
According to the survey, in 2016, on average more than 75% of procurement spend at FIAC companies-participants of the survey, involved local suppliers, and at some companies, this figure reached 90%. The share of local companies supplying materials and packaging to Baltika amounted to 90% in 2016.