Our Quality, Food Safety, Environmental, Health and Safety Policy
(QEHS Policy) outlines our commitment to control the risks associated with the safety of our people and communities, manage our impact on the environment and ensure our products are safe and of the highest quality. It is reviewed regularly and updated based on best practice and issues that are material to our business In 2015 our QEHS Policy was expanded in scope to encompass the broader life cycle impacts of our products and this year we have added our commitment to be first choice for customers and consumers. The policy is approved by the Chief Executive Officer and the Chief Supply Chain Officer and is 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.
We have a global environmental management system that ensures we deliver the commitments laid out in our QEHS Policy and support our business to reach our 2020 sustainability goals. The EHS pillar and Our Beer Print (OBP) Pillar are part of our World Class Supply Chain continuous improvement programme. The EHS pillar covers Environmental Compliance while the Our Beer Print Pillar covers energy, water, waste management and longer term environmental sustainability risk and opportunity. The pillars and management system are modelled on global best practice and international standards explicitly ISO14001 and ISO50001. Responsibility for the policy and management system is held at the highest level by both the CEO and Chief Supply Chain Officer.
Each year we audit every brewery and large distribution centre against our Global EHS and OBP Pillar Standards using internal experts who are all qualified to ISO lead auditor status. This rigorous audit program ensures consistency of approach to environmental risk management is maintained at the highest level throughout all our operations worldwide.
We do not seek external EMS accreditation for our sites. The rationale is simple, our results tell us that external accreditation in and of itself does not drive performance improvement. Our internal audit processes are extremely rigorous, and whilst they align to ISO 14001 on a technical level, they are more prescriptive. Our results are proof, we have seen environmental incident performance improve dramatically since 2012 (50% ahead of a 10% reduction target in 2013 and 21% ahead of a 20% improvement target in 2014). Our sites remain fully compliant with their IPPC permits due to the strength of our internal environmental management system.