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Heineken
Reasonable, could be better Click here for score rapport: 9 out of 23

Sustainability summary

Heineken has achieved the C-label. Heineken is on its way towards sustainability, but more improvement is needed.

Brand owner: Heineken N.V.
Head office: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Sector: Beer brands
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Free Tags: Pilsner

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Heineken sustainability score report

Last edited: 2 June 2018 by Mario
Last reviewed: 2 June 2018 by Mario

Questions about Climate Change/ Carbon Emissions

5 out of 10
1. Is there a policy for the brand (company) to minimize, reduce or compensate carbon emissions? Heineken group (brand owner of Heineken) implements several measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, such as related to energy efficiency or the use of renewable energy (see link, page 138-140). Source
2. Has the brand (company) disclosed the annual absolute carbon footprint of its 'own operations' (Scope 1 & 2) and has the brand already reduced or compensated 10% of these emissions in the last 5 years? Heineken group has reduced its total own operations climate footprint from 1.838 ktons of CO2e in 2014 to 1.572 ktons of CO2e in 2016, which represents a reduction of around 14.5% (see link, page 1). Source
3. Has the brand (company) set a target to reduce the carbon footprint of its 'own operations' by at least 20% within the next 5 years? Heineken group communicates several specifically related target reductions of greenhouse gas emissions for the year 2020. Thereby Heineken Group has set a target to reduce 40% of its climate emissions in production by 2020 compared to base year 2008 (see link, page 138). Source
4. Has the brand (company) achieved a carbon emissions efficiency level below 10 kg CO2 per hectolitre of production? Heineken group has achieved 6,1 kg CO2e emissions per hectolitre of production. This number includes all the brands that belong to the Heineken group (see link, page 138). Source
5. Has the brand (company) achieved a carbon emissions efficiency level below 8,5 kg CO2 per hectolitre of production? See remark for carbon emissions policy question 4. Source
6. Has the brand (company) achieved a carbon emissions efficiency level below 7 kg CO2 per hectolitre of production? See remark for carbon emissions policy question 4. Source
7. Has the brand (company) achieved a carbon emissions efficiency level below 5,5 kg CO2 per hectolitre of production? See remark for carbon emissions policy question 4. Source
8. Is at least 10% of the brand (company) consumption of energy derived from renewable sources? Heineken group reports for 2017 to have used 14% renewable energy on total electricity and heat consumption (e.g. wind energy in Mexico, biomass in Brazil). But, sources, types and additionality of supply are not specified clearly enough (see link, page 139 & 150). Source
9. Is at least 25% of the brand (company) consumption of energy derived from renewable sources? See remark for carbon emissions policy question 8. Source
10. Has the brand published its carbon footprint specifically for the transport of ingredients? Heineken group sources some of its ingredients locally, but does not report clearly enough about the origin and transport of ingredients, and related greenhouse gas emissions (see link, page 7, 134-139 & 150). Source

Questions about Environmental Policy

4 out of 13
1. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified raw materials for at least 5% of its volume? Heineken group reports a 28% share of raw materials coming from sustainable sources in 2017. But, thereby it refers to the principles of 'Sustainable Agriculture Initiative (SAI)' only, but no other schemes considered eligible (see link, page 140, as well as link at next question). Source
2. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified raw materials for at least 10% of its volume? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
3. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified raw materials for at least 25% of its volume? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
4. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified raw materials for at least 50% of its volume? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
5. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified raw materials for at least 75% of its volume? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
6. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified raw materials for at least 90% of its volume? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
7. Does the brand (company) publish the water footprint of its 'own operations'? Heineken group has published a complete own operations water footprint, which was at 86 million m3 in 2017 (+4.1% (82,5 million m3) compared to 2016) (see link, page 136). Source
8. Has the brand achieved an average level of water use below 5 hectolitres per hectolitre of beer produced? Heineken group's specific water consumption in 2017 was 3,6 hl per hl (see link, page 136). Source
9. Has the brand achieved an average level of water use below 4 hectolitres per hectolitre of beer produced? See remark for environmental policy question 8. Source
10. Does the brand have clear objectives to minimize the environmental impact of packaging or does the brand already show clear 'best practices' regarding more sustainable packaging? Heineken group implements measures concerning more sustainable packaging, like measuring its packaging related climate emissions. But, clear best practice measures and / or aggregate results regarding its packaging materials footprint are not made public (see link page 140, as well as link at next question). Source
11. Does the brand have clear objectives to minimize the environmental impact of packaging, by reducing, re-using and recycling, and does the brand annually report on these results? See remark for environmental policy question 10. Source
12. Does the brand (company) have clear objectives to minimize waste, by reducing, re-using and recycling, and does the brand annually report the results? Heineken group implements several measures to reduce its waste production, and reports the annual waste by type, weight and reductions achieved between 2014 and 2016 (see link, page 2). Source
13. Has the brand achieved 99,5% global recycling and reusing rate for its solid waste? Despite present in previous reports, Heineken group does not report an up to date global recycling rate. Source

Questions about Labour Conditions/ Fair Trade

0 out of 0