This report, in conjunction with content on our corporate website, presents Anheuser-Busch InBev’s annual update on key performance data and information for calendar year 2016 and provides data on specific targets in our Better World strategy. This report is intended to provide meaningful updates to stakeholders around the world, including investors, employees, governments, NGOs and customers and consumers in the countries where we operate.
AB InBev prepared this reporting (across the PDF report and the website) in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative’s (GRI) G4 “Core” level. To help determine the content for our reporting, we worked with Business for Social Responsibility (BSR) in 2014 to conduct a materiality assessment that helped identify the issues most important to our stakeholders and our company. A more detailed look at our materiality process, including the resulting Boundary Analysis Table, is available here and a GRI Index for this year’s report can be found here. Since our combination with SABMiller, we have begun investigating any potential changes to the issues most material to our business and stakeholders; we intend to update our assessment in 2017.
The data and stories presented were gathered and verified with the assistance of content owners across all functions and geographic Zones. The company has established a Data Management Plan to ensure accurate and consistent reporting of smart drinking, environment goal performance data and key performance indicators. We have noted which environmental and social metrics have been externally assured by KPMG in the Independent Assurance Report here, in key locations throughout the report and in our online GRI Index referenced above. For information included in our consolidated financial statements, AB InBev’s statutory auditor is Deloitte (see pages 57-58 of the AB InBev 2016 Annual Report).
Our report structure parallels our Better World focus areas – Growing World, Cleaner World and Healthier World. Information presented in our report encompasses AB InBev’s company-wide wholly-owned operations represented in global goal performance for water and energy use, unless otherwise noted. Some newer beverage facilities (including SABMiller legacy businesses) that were acquired during in 2016 are not yet included. These facilities will be included in future reporting, which typically takes six months to a year after acquisition. However, information from SABMiller legacy businesses is included in scope in the report’s narrative.
Our per-hectoliter goals on GHG emissions, energy and water pertain to our beverage facilities only and do not encompass our vertical operations such as malt plants and packaging facilities. Specific data tables contain other footnotes about environmental performance data. The GHG emissions data represents all beverage operations within the original scope of our 2017 goal—established in 2012, the baseline year for the per-hectoliter goals. GHG emissions data from previous years are not adjusted in the case of adjustments and acquisitions of beverage facilities, divestments have been removed from the baseline data.
This report contains “forward-looking statements”, which generally include the words or phrases “will likely result”, “are expected to”, “will continue”, “is anticipated”, “anticipate”, “estimate”, “project”, “may”, “might”, “could”, “believe”, “expect”, “plan”, “potential” or similar expressions. These statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially from those suggested by these statements due to, among others, the impact of water availability, climate change, economic recession, negative publicity, our ability to hire and retain the best talent, government regulations, the reputation of our brands, the ability to make acquisitions or divest divisions, access to capital, volatility in the stock market, exposure to litigation and other associated risks, as well as the risks described in our most recent Annual Report on Form 20-F filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Additional information about AB InBev’s GHG and water risks, management and performance is available through CDP.
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