HEINEKEN recognised by CDP as a leader for climate change transparency and corporate action

Oct 15, 2014 4:00 PM ET

AMSTERDAM, October 15, 2014 /3BL Media/ - HEINEKEN has been recognised as a world leader for both transparency and corporate action on climate change by CDP, the international NGO that drives sustainable economies.  

HEINEKEN has been included as a member of ‘The A List: The CDP Climate Performance Leadership Index 2014’. The index represents 187 global listed companies demonstrating a superior approach to climate change mitigation. Climate performance leaders of ‘The A List’ index are actively investing to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and collectively have decreased their total (absolute) emissions by 33 million metric tons in the past reporting year, whilst also achieving impressive financial results. In this way, the leaders illustrate that a low carbon future does not mean low profit.

In further recognition of the depth and quality of climate change data that HEINEKEN has disclosed to investors and the global marketplace through CDP, the Company has been awarded with a position on the CDP Europe 300 and Benelux Climate Disclosure Leadership Index (CDLI), released today in the ‘CDP Benelux Index Climate Change Report 2014’.  Company disclosures to CDP are marked out of a total of 100 following independent assessment against CDP’s widely-respected scoring methodology.  HEINEKEN achieved a score of 99, elevating the Company to the top 10% of organizations and guaranteeing it a place on the CDLI.

Commenting on HEINEKEN’s inclusion in these indices for the first time, Sean O’Neill, Chief Corporate Relations Officer, Heineken N.V. said: “We are proud to be recognised as a world leader for both transparency and action on climate change by CDP.  To be included in the top quartile for each category is testament to the progress we are making in relation to “Brewing a Better World” our global approach to sustainable development and to the commitment of our employees who continually raise the bar on our performance.”  

Disclosure to CDP’s climate change programme is at the request of 767 investors who represent more than US$92 trillion in assets, or approximately a third of the world’s invested capital.  The number of investors using CDP to better understand the economic risks and opportunities that climate change presents to their portfolio companies is increasing annually as is the number of businesses using CDP to report their climate change impacts.

Paul Simpson, Chief Executive Officer of CDP, said: “Global greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise and we face steep financial risk if we do not mitigate them.  The need for data on corporate climate change impacts and strategies to reduce them has never been greater.  For this reason we congratulate HEINEKEN for having achieved a position on CDP’s Climate Disclosure Leadership Index and for its place within The A List: The CDP Climate Performance Leadership Index. I hope that more businesses will be inspired to follow suit.”

Complete lists of CDP leaders along with the climate disclosures of all companies publicly taking part in CDP’s climate change program this year is available on CDP’s website.

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Brewing a Better World
For more information about HEINEKEN's sustainability ambitions please go to; www.theheinekencompany.com/sustainability/our-focus-areas/our-ambition

HEINEKEN is a proud, independent global brewer committed to surprise and excite consumers with its brands and products everywhere. The brand that bears the founder’s family name – Heineken® - is available in almost every country on the globe and is the world’s most valuable international premium beer brand. The Company’s aim is to be a leading brewer in each of the markets in which it operates and to have the world’s most valuable brand portfolio. HEINEKEN wants to win in all markets with Heineken® and with a full brand portfolio in markets of choice. The Company is present in over 70 countries and operates more than 165 breweries. HEINEKEN is Europe’s largest brewer and the world’s second largest by consolidated volume. HEINEKEN is committed to the responsible marketing and consumption of its more than 250 international premium, regional, local and specialty beers and ciders. These include Heineken®, Amstel, Anchor, Biere Larue, Bintang, Birra Moretti, Cruzcampo, Desperados, Dos Equis, Foster’s, Newcastle Brown Ale, Ochota, Primus, Sagres, Sol, Star, Strongbow, Tecate, Tiger and Zywiec. Our leading joint venture brands include Cristal and Kingfisher. The number of people employed is over 81,000. Heineken N.V. and Heineken Holding N.V. shares are listed on the NYSE Euronext in Amsterdam. Prices for the ordinary shares may be accessed on Bloomberg under the symbols HEIA NA and HEIO NA and on the Reuter Equities 2000 Service under HEIN.AS and HEIO.AS. HEINEKEN has two sponsored level 1 American Depositary Receipt (ADR) programmes: Heineken N.V. (OTCQX: HEINY) and Heineken Holding N.V. (OTCQX: HKHHY).

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About CDP
CDP is an international, not-for-profit organization providing the only global system for companies and cities to measure, disclose, manage and share vital environmental information. CDP works with market forces, including 767 institutional investors with assets of US$92 trillion, to motivate companies to disclose their impacts on the environment and natural resources and take action to reduce them. CDP now holds the largest collection globally of primary climate-change, water and forest risk commodities information and puts these insights at the heart of strategic business, investment and policy decisions.  Please visit www.cdp.net or follow us @CDP to find out more.

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The Wieselburg Brewery (Austria) is a good example of how we are reducing our CO2 footprint with more than 45% of our thermal energy coming from a neighbouring sawmill company.