Bringing people together for growth at the 2020 World Economic Forum

Posted: January 30, 2020
Bringing people together for growth at the 2020 World Economic Forum

Sharing, learning and exploring partnerships for sustainable development in Davos

Last week, AB InBev joined leaders in business, government, the media and more to discuss some of the world's most pressing issues at the 2020 annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland.

Demonstrating how sustainability and consumers come first in our business decisions was at the top of the agenda for our delegation, led by CEO Carlos Brito. In panel discussions, media interviews and thought-provoking sessions, our leaders highlighted the meaningful positive impact AB InBev has made in supporting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, and the need for strong partnerships to build a better world for the future.

Here's a snapshot from the week.

Putting consumers first

In a WEF panel discussion on shaping the future of consumption, Brito explained the importance of natural ingredients and how 95% of AB InBev products are brewed locally, giving our company a unique role to be a positive force in helping our communities thrive.

“We all have to be part of the solutions, be where our consumers are and try to do what's good for communities otherwise we will have no business in the future,” he said.

In an interview with CNBC's “Squawk Box” Brito shared how AB InBev is also responding rapidly to changing consumer needs, including the recent additions of seltzers to our portfolio.

Sustainability is our business

Tony Milikin, Chief Sustainability & Procurement Officer, also shared progress toward our goals and why water is a critical resource for the economic, social and environmental well-being of our communities in a panel hosted by Accenture and LinkedIn on the role of business and media in furthering sustainability.

John Blood, Chief Legal and Corporate Affairs Officer and Corporate Secretary, supported the announce of the formation of the first anti-corruption data analytics consortium, as part of our commitment to sustainable development. We called on other CEOs and world leaders to join AB InBev in the effort that uses technology to better prevent fraud and corruption. “Collaboration among company experts can accelerate innovation and create better solutions,” said John.

Our leaders also highlighted progress being made toward achieving our 2025 Sustainability Goals aimed at helping farmers becoming skilled, connected and financially empowered, water stewardship, circular packaging and climate action.

Brito also took part in a United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) roundtable recognizing partnerships that support the UN Sustainable Development Goals, including a joint initiative with AB InBev that's provided training for thousands of government officials to improve road safety across Brazil, China, India, Dominican Republic, and South Africa.

In an interview with CNN International Brito confirmed that in just two years we have reached the half-way mark in our goal to have 100% of our purchased electricity from renewable sources by 2025.

At the Step-Up Mission 2020 breakfast, Steve Arkley, Vice President of Global Marketing, shared how AB InBev brands, including Budweiser, Corona and Stella Artois, champion issues that are important to consumers and communities to drive local impact. He was joined by Ezgi Barcenas, Vice President of Sustainability, who later in a Bloomberg Live panel emphasized how AB InBev is also working closely with start-ups and accelerators to help scale innovative solutions, accelerate change locally and achieve our sustainability goals together.

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