- Guiding Principles
- Implementation Process
- Monitoring and Evaluation
- CSR Committee
United Breweries Limited firmly believes in sustainable development, which is interpreted as growing our business in a socially and environmentally responsible way, while meeting the legitimate interests of our stakeholders. We also believe in taking an active role and responsibility in empowering local communities to achieve their ambitions. The company and its employees are committed to the community it works with and the environment it extracts its resources from. The needs of the community and the environment keep changing over time and therefore our CSR and Sustainability Policy would be dynamic to be able to include the aspects which would help in paving the way for long term sustainable development. We will ensure that our CSR initiatives integrate social and environmental considerations, apply to all our operations, are incorporated in our governance, management, business strategy and day-to-day decisions and actions.
At United Breweries Limited, we are investing in holistic welfare measures for our co-communities that include water, sanitation and hygiene along with education and primary health. All our initiatives are being implemented after a thorough needs assessment of the community.Read more
- Leverage our resources, expertise, services, relationships and influence for the benefit of our communities and community partners.
- Take community interests into account in our decision-making processes in the short and long-term durations.
- Actively work towards ensuring availability and accessibility of safe drinking water and sanitation for all our co-communities.
- Work towards improving availability and accessibility of education and health services for co-communities.
- Work towards environmental sustainability with particular focus on water conservation.
- Regularly monitor outcomes of our initiatives and publicly report on our progress in a transparent and effective manner.
Building and transforming communities require focus, time, commitment and resources. The thematic areas have been carefully chosen to maximise the output of the corporate social responsibility initiatives. The programs have been solidified with the participation of business units, employees and the community that we work with, and focus areas have emerged as:
- Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
- Primary Health
- Environmental Sustainability
United Breweries Limited shall implement its CSR programs either directly or through partnerships with reputed non-profit organisations having expertise in the selected thematic areas. Emanating from the belief that our co-communities deserve attention on priority, the CSR implementation area has been defined within a 10km radius of UB operations and manufacturing facilities. The CSR initiatives shall be centrally driven by the Head-CSR at the Corporate Office, under the guidance of the President. The responsibility of identification of project opportunities and allocation of funds would rest with the corporate office. In case of larger programs, the implementation responsibility would lie with the partner non-profit organisations and in case of smaller CSR projects, the implementation responsibility would rest with the Brewery HR. While Brewery HR leads would be responsible for supervision and monitoring of CSR programs at the brewery level, the overall responsibility of supervision and monitoring of the program would lie with the Head-CSR.
Monitoring and Evaluation
A robust system of monitoring has been put in place to ensure effective implementation of planned CSR initiatives. A monthly reporting system has been established for each of the programs, which is consolidated into quarterly and eventually annual CSR reports. The output of the intervention is gauged through a planned and actual comparison, which helps identify the gaps and challenges faced in the process of implementation and solutions for the same. The project sites would be visited on a regular basis by brewery HR personnel and Head-CSR to understand the physical progress.
A third party would be engaged to review CSR interventions on a three-year frequency to ensure unbiased impact evaluation.
As per the Companies Act 2013, the Company has to set up a Corporate Social Responsibility Committee with representation by a minimum of three Directors of the Board, with at least one of them being an Independent Director. The CSRC will be responsible for formulation and approval of the company's CSR Policy, the activities to be undertaken, and monitoring the CSR Policy and Programs from time to time.
The members of the CSR Committee are:
Mr. Shekhar Ramamurthy- Member
Mr. Steven Bosch- Member
Mrs. Kiran Mazumdar Shaw- Member
Mr. Madhav Bhatkuly- Member
Mr. Sunil Alagh- Member
United Breweries intends to focus on the availability of safe drinking water within this broad cause of ‘Water’. The company has committed a significant proportion of its CSR budget to availability of safe drinking water for the communities residing in the vicinity of each of its 21 owned breweries. Over 140 villages comprising a population of over 600,000 would be covered under this program. The program will be implemented in partnership with reputed non-governmental organisations and the respective gram panchayats. It will be implemented over 5 years, commencing in FY 15-16.
The Company intends to improve the access to health care services for the co-communities. The breweries would establish Health Centres/Dispensaries/Mobile Medical Units, which shall provide free medical check-ups and basic medication to the communities. Health camps would be carried out in the villages on a regular basis.
United Breweries would be helping to provide improved quality of primary education for its co-communities. It will adopt schools in the vicinity of its breweries, work on improvising teaching-learning methodology, along with development of physical infrastructure. Each brewery shall adopt at least one primary school.
UB Andhra Pradesh
Bore wells, pipelines and civil pedestals for an overhead tank have been supported in Bantupalli village for availability of water to the villagers.
A bio-toilet was supported in Gangadharapalya village and an RO system for safe drinking water availability has been installed at the Nelamangala rural police station.
Drinking water was supplied through tankers to four wards of Khurda municipality in the peak summer months of April, May and June. This initiative has benefitted over 2000 individuals.
Bore well pump-set, pipes and fittings have been installed at the Kothlapur gram panchayat in Sangareddy for enabling availability of water to the villagers.
UB Tamil Nadu
A village pond has been rejuvenated under water conservation efforts in Aranvoyal village, which has helped over 1000 households. The intervention has improved the water level.