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  • We actively promote the responsible enjoyment of our brands.
  • The environment is a key ingredient to our success. Read how we're taking care of it.
  • We care about people both on our payroll and off.
  • We work with our suppliers and vendors to assure responsibility throughout the supply chain.

There are two ways to create your custom Molson Coors corporate responsibility report. You can browse the Responsibility section of our website and select Add to My Report for topics that interest you; or, you can go to our custom report builder (link to report builder page) and check the box next to each topic to prepare a report built just for you.

Local Impact

We believe that good business practices embrace environmental stewardship. We have rigorous systems and risk management processes in place that consider the environmental risks of the manufacture and packaging of our products, as well as the environmental considerations in our supply chain through our Supplier Standards.

Water is an area of focus for us because access to water is critical to the craft of brewing. With more than 350 years of combined brewing heritage in the US, Canada, and the U.K. we have experience developing and implementing solutions for water use and conservation in our breweries and local watersheds.

Molson Coors has long-term corporate responsibility goal focused on reducing our energy, carbon, waste and water footprints. The targets we set for the 2008-2012 period mobilized our organization to achieve significant savings of energy, GHG emissions, water consumption and waste to landfill, both in absolute and per unit of production terms. In 2012, we set new targets to achieve a further 25% reduction in energy intensity, 15% in GHG intensity and 20% in water per unit of production by the year 2020. These ambitious targets are evidence of our commitment to continuously reduce our impact on the environment.

Our performance against the goal also resulted in significant reductions in costs due to waste fees and taxes, lower use of energy and water, and sales of materials that would otherwise have been disposed. Combined, these improvements contribute $10 million per year to our bottom line. The planned performance under the new goal through 2020 will result in an additional $16 million per year to the bottom line.

Global Systems

Our Quality, Environmental, Health & Safety Policy is reviewed regularly (it was updated in 2013) and implemented in all operations. The policy is approved by the Chief Executive Officer and the Chief Supply Chain Officer and is then distributed to all facilities. The policy applies to our direct operations, is practiced by all employees and promoted with our partners, contractors, and suppliers. It is available to all employees on the company intranet portal and is displayed in key communication areas across our sites.

Each regional business has an individual Environmental Management System (EMS) which applies to all operations & processes involved in the manufacture and delivery of Molson Coors products, from procurement of materials through delivery to the consumer, including contract workers.

In the UK, all systems which apply to all operations and processes involved in the manufacture and delivery of Molson Coors products, from procurement of materials to final delivery to the consumer are accredited to the ISO14001 standard by a UKAS accredited external third party. In Canada, our management system is internally verified/ audited.

Environmental Targets

Molson Coors has set challenging long term targets to improve energy and water efficiency by 25% and 20% respectively by 2020 from 2011 levels. We have also adopted an ambitious target of reducing our carbon intensity by 15% by 2020. The combined effect of these targets is to drive lower consumption of natural resources in a way that has the maximum impact in mitigating and adapting to climate change. MillerCoors has also set challenging targets. By 2015 they have set the goal to reduce water usage in their breweries by 15%, reduce total energy use by 15%, reduce packaging by 2% percent, and reduce waste to landfills by 50%.

Environmental Performance

We are showing a positive trend in our environmental impact in 2012. Highlights include:

  • 24% improvement in carbon emissions intensity since 2008 (equivalent to a 25% reduction in absolute carbon emissions) and a 5.4% improvement versus 2010.
  • 7% decrease in total energy use in absolute terms from the year before.
  • 2% decrease in total water use versus 2010.
  • Achievement of zero waste to landfill in our UK-based operations.

For the fifth year we have had our environmental data verified by a third party. This year's assurance was performed against ISAE 3000, the internationally recognized standard. As part of the assurance the EMS in each region was reviewed. See Our Assurance section for more details and for the 2012 Assurance Statement.

Environmental Compliance

We take any incident that impacts on the environment very seriously and ensure they are fully investigated to prevent reoccurrence.

In 2012, 26 incidents met our internal criteria for an environmental incident. This definition exceeds the legal reporting requirements in most of our areas of operation but we feel it gives us a clearer understanding of our issues.

In the UK we had 6 environmental incidents vs. 15 in 2011 which represents a continuation of our trend of significant improvement over recent years.

In Canada we had 20 vs. 8 environmental incidents in 2011. This has largely been driven by aligning our definitions of what constitutes an environmental incident globally at a more severe level. None of these incidents has resulted in regulatory action and each has been fully investigated. We continue to invest significant resources against environmental risk improvement projects through 2013, primarily though not exclusively in the area of waste water risk management.


Water is part of our heritage and future. Read more about our commitment to it here.


Reducing our use, reducing our costs. See how we’re doing here.


Reduce, reuse, and recycle.


Doing more with less. See how we’re doing it here.


Working with global partners, our impact is greater.

Case Studies

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Our Targets

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Responsibility Report

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Human Perspectives on the Global Water Crisis PDF


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