We stand at a critical juncture in history, where the urgent need to address climate change, social inequality, and environmental degradation has never been more apparent. The consequences of inaction are severe and far-reaching, impacting communities, economies, and our planet’s delicate ecosystems. However, within this challenge lies an incredible opportunity for transformation, innovation, and sustainable development.
Within this context, the partnership between the government and private sector, for sustainability, is a pivotal alliance that holds immense potential for driving transformative change and achieving a sustainable future. We value collaboration and we value our allies – we all have a role to play in ensuring a sustainable future for our children and their children. While we at the Ministry possess the regulatory power, policy framework, and public mandate necessary to set ambitious sustainability targets, establish standards, and create an enabling environment for sustainable practices, the private sector brings innovation, resources, and entrepreneurial spirit, which are essential for implementing sustainable solutions at scale and driving economic growth.
For a long time, East African Breweries PLC, EABL, has been a strategic partner to the Ministry of Environment, Climate Change and Forestry. It has supported the exchange of knowledge, expertise, and best practices, ensuring that sustainable solutions are grounded in scientific evidence, practical feasibility, and broad-based stakeholder engagement.Download Foreward
I am honored to present to you our third annual Sustainability Report, detailing our progress against our 10-year strategic action plan – Society 2030: Spirit of Progress. While we are immensely proud of the achievements detailed within this report, we also acknowledge that we are evolving and growing every year in our sustainability journey.
As we confront emerging challenges and navigate an ever-changing landscape, we recognise the importance of continual improvement, innovation, and adaptive management. We value the power of learning, and we will continue to use our sustainability reporting process to reflect and build on our existing approaches. We remain resolute in our commitment to implementing evidence-based policies, driving technological advancements, and nurturing partnerships that accelerate progress towards our sustainability goals.
Crucially, this report serves as a platform for transparency and accountability. We believe that open dialogue and the exchange of knowledge are fundamental to fostering trust and engagement with our stakeholders.
Our sustainability strategy, Society 2030: Spirit of Progress, is deeply ingrained in our longterm business strategy and its ambition aims to make a positive impact on people and the planet everywhere we live, work, source and sell. At the heart of Society 2030: Spirit of Progress are three priorities: Promote Positive Drinking – changing the way the world drinks, for the better, Champion Inclusion and Diversity – creating an inclusive and diverse culture for a better business as well as Pioneer Grain-to-Glass Sustainability – preserving the natural resources we all depend on.
We are leveraging partnerships to support our Society 2030: Spirit of Progress objectives. EABL joined the Africa Business Leaders Coalition (ABLC) at the COP27 Summit in November last year and became a signatory of the Climate Statement. The statement is signed by fifty six African companies from a range of sectors and incudes commitments around climate adaptation and resilience, and a just transition and mitigation. One of our most significant achievements on climate adaptation and resilience is the operationalisation of biomass plants in Kampala, Kisumu and Nairobi, which has brought us to the point where we are mainly using renewable energy in our operations.
" We are the first generation to feel the
effect of climate change and the last
generation who can do something
- Barack Obama, Former US President
I am delighted to present our third annual Sustainability Report to the world. We in KBL are proud of the strides we have made in integrating sustainability into our business practices, fostering social impact, and preserving the environment. We recognise that our operations have direct and indirect impacts on the environment, communities, and the economy and as such, have embraced sustainability as a core value, shaping our decisions, strategies, and actions. Environmental stewardship lies at the heart of our sustainability efforts. We are dedicated to reducing our carbon emissions, conserving natural resources, and promoting sustainable practices throughout our value chain.
Through renewable energy investments, waste reduction programmes, and responsible sourcing, we aim to contribute to the preservation of Kenya’s natural beauty and combat climate change. Our production sites are almost 100% net zero, since we installed biomass across our operations. In the last six months, since January 2023, we have been producing our beverages mainly from renewable energy, with our biomass boilers at our Kisumu and Tusker plants, the latter in Nairobi, running at over 97% renewable fuel.
" The time is past when humankind thought
it could selfishly draw on exhaustible
resources. We know now the world is not a
- Francois Hollande, Former President of France
On behalf of Serengeti Breweries Limited (SBL), I am pleased to share our contribution to EABL’s third annual Sustainability Report. In Tanzania, we are blessed with rich natural resources, diverse ecosystems, and vibrant communities. However, we also face significant environmental and social challenges that require our immediate attention and collective action. As a responsible corporate citizen, we recognise the importance of preserving our environment, uplifting communities, and promoting sustainable practices that benefit present and future generations.
We are passionate about engaging in projects and activities that drive real, tangible and long-lasting impact. In support of this, we have made some thoughtful investments this financial year to ensure that we continue to scale our initiatives. For example, we injected Tsh. 380 million to fund the renovation and construction of the Kwamizi water dam in Handeni District, Tanga region.
" Climate change is the single greatest threat
to a sustainable future, but at the same
time, addressing the climate challenge
presents a golden opportunity to promote
prosperity, security and a brighter future for all.”
- Ban Ki-Moon, Former Secretary-General of UN
Our commitment to sustainability has never been about ticking boxes or meeting regulations; it’s about embracing a higher purpose. It’s about leaving a positive legacy for future generations, demonstrating that business can be a force for good, and showing that profitability and sustainability are not mutually exclusive but interconnected drivers of lasting success. This is the ethos we live by at Uganda Breweries Limited (UBL).
We have a responsibility within the wider ecosystem, as Uganda, like many other countries, faces a range of environmental and socio-economic challenges that impact its development and the well-being of the people. Addressing these socio-economic challenges requires concerted efforts from the government, civil society, and development partners. It entails investing in human capital development, improving governance and institutional capacity, promoting inclusive economic growth, and prioritising sustainable development practices.
" Unless we take action on climate change,
future generations will be roasted,
toasted, fried and grilled.”
– Christine Lagarde
I am pleased to share our organisation’s commitment to sustainability and the progress we have made on our journey. Sustainability is not just a standalone initiative; it is ingrained in our corporate DNA and central to our long-term success.
Our sustainability efforts are driven by a deep sense of responsibility towards the environment, society, and our stakeholders. Through effective corporate relations, we strive to build strong partnerships with our stakeholders. We actively engage with employees, customers, suppliers, investors, communities, and civil society organizations to understand their expectations, addr ess concerns, and align our sustainability initiatives with their needs.
SPIRIT OF PROGRESS is Diageo's 10-year action plan to help create a more inclusive and sustainable world. Building on the legacy of our founders to create a positive impact in our company, with our communities and for society. It is how we will continue to celebrate life, every day, everywhere.
Geoffrey Odundo, CEO
“The growth of sustainability reporting has been remarkable in recent years as organisations recognise the importance of transparently communicating their environmental, social, and governance (ESG) performance. EABL continues to present a comprehensive view of their non-financial performance in a consistent way. They recognise the strategic value of reporting beyond compliance.”
Hon. Eng. MaryPrisca Mahundi, Deputy Minister of Water
“I am delighted to see private sectors on the forefront in addressing pressing issues, such as the inaccessibility of clean and safe water in our communities. It is due to Serengeti Breweries Limited’s commitment to water projects that the 2,000 residents of Kwamaizi and Kidereko villages will now have access to free, clean and safe water. I highly commend SBL for funding this Tsh. 380 million project in a record five months.”
Stephen Asiimwe Chief Executive Officer
“UBL plays a pivotal role in enhancing Uganda’s environmental and socioeconomic development. Their actions and initiatives should serve as an example for the wider private sector to be mindful of the impact their operations have on the environment and similarly make sustainability a critical part of their business strategies.”
We provide comprehensive and comparable disclosures for a broad range of stakeholders on our ESG progress through: