Environmental Stewardship Case Study:
Watershed Management: Engaging Communities to Protect our Water
Community partnerships encouraging employee and community engagement in solving local water issues is integral to our water strategy wherever we operate.
We are a founding member of the Clear Creek Watershed Foundation (CCWF), which feeds our iconic Golden, Colo. brewery, and have had a partnership with them since 1997. The mission of the CCWF is to promote sustainable natural resource management throughout the entire watershed and serve as a model for the arid mountain west.
When the Clear Creek Watershed improvement efforts began in earnest in the early 1990s, we realized that Coors has always been a good watershed neighbor through its responsible operations, generous financial and in-kind support, and ongoing concern for the overall health of the watershed. Molson Coors does not do this just to protect their assets, they are truly a basic ingredient for watershed sustainability.
- Ed Rapp, P. E., Clear Creek Watershed Foundation President
Molson Coors UK has extended its relationship with local charity partner, the Canal and River Trust (CRT), for 2014 by adopting a section of the Trent & Mersey Canal. The decision to build on the relationship comes following positive employee and community feedback on work done through the partnership to date.
Before & After: Employees team clear canal access ways in Burton on Trent
During the last three years, more than 80 local Molson Coors employees have volunteered with CRT. As the project continues to grow, so do the number of volunteers – a record 110 people are already signed up to work on the canals in 2014, with work to include clearing access points, dredging, litter picking, planting whips, painting bridges and signage.
In the UK, Molson Coors has also worked with stakeholders in our watersheds in Tadcaster and Alton. In June 2011, Molson Coors held the first meeting of the Tadcaster River Wharfe Community Users Group in partnership with the UK Environment Agency
The objectives of the group are to protect the quality and supply of water for the Tadcaster community for now and future generations. The group aims to develop partnerships, share best practices, mitigate short and long-term risk, and ensure that our river can be enjoyed by all. Since that first meeting, we have arranged a Duck Race to raise awareness of water issues in the region, produced a join with the Environment Agency, and participated in a TEDx event focused around sharing best practice and working with our communities.
The River Wey runs through our Alton brewery site so is of utmost importance to both the brewery and the local community. Molson Coors have worked in partnership with the Environment Agency here to return the river to a free flowing chalk stream, part of Hampshire’s Biodiversity Action Plan.
Photos of the project so far can be seen here.
Our brewery in India is located in the state of Bihar, home to more than 100 million people. Once prosperous, Bihar is now battling issues such as illiteracy, inadequate access to safe drinking water and poor sanitation coverage. We wanted to improve Our Beer Print and make an impact in our local community, so our team in India partnered with Water For People to build a fresh water well down the street from our brewery.
You can learn more about our work in India here and see our video of activities here.