Guinness Nigeria Plc - 2016 Sustainability Report


Thursday, February 16, 2017/ 11:30 AM /Guinness Nigeria Plc


This Sustainability report covers our performance in the reporting year July 2015 to June, 2016, and primarily focuses on material issues critical to the sustainability of our business. We consider an issue material if it could potentially have a significant impact on our business performance or our business leadership position.

The report also captures the strategy we will be leveraging to achieve the Sustainability goals we have set out to attain. The key aspects of these goals are also covered in this report.

Furthermore, this report outlines the stakeholders who are key to our business operations as well as issues we engage these stakeholders on. We have compiled this report in accordance with the core criteria of the G4 reporting guidelines of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). Information provided in this report reflect the company’s position for the period under review.

Identifying material issues

Guinness Nigeria engages its key stakeholders through a variety of platforms. Through our engagement with these stakeholders we identify the key issues that are of concern to them. We then take necessary steps to address identified issues.

Our material issues

We have analysed the feedback received through our engagement with our key stakeholders, and identified our material issues for 2016.

We have also reported on these issues based on ECONOMIC, SOCIAL and ENVIRONMENTAL impact areas.


Guinness Nigeria makes notable contributions to Nigeria’s economy. We employ about 1,000 people directly and generate thousands of other jobs across our value chain as well as in related sectors involved in the production, sales and marketing of our beverages.

Other economic contributions include payments we make to the government. This includes: corporate income tax, excise duties, employee taxes and VAT. Our direct and indirect economic contributions have made a positive impact on the livelihoods of many Nigerians. We are proud of the contributions we are making and will continue to grow our business in a way that increases our positive social impact as well as our contributions to Nigeria’s economy.

Occupational Health & Safety
Creating and maintaining a safe working environment for all our employees is absolutely fundamental to the way we work in Guinness Nigeria. Our safety agenda is underpinned by Diageo’s global zero harm programme which is premised on four pillars: Prevention, Compliance, Capability and Culture. Our zero harm philosophy is aimed at eliminating workplace accidents while ensuring that all our people go home safely, everyday.

Diversity and Equal Opportunity
Our diversity and inclusion practices are a competitive advantage to our business. We always aim to provide equal opportunities that will enable all our employees to learn, grow and build successful careers for themselves. We ensure that all our employees are treated fairly, and with respect regardless of their nationality, tribe, sexual orientation or religious beliefs.

Human Rights

In our workplaces and the communities in which we operate, we believe a serious commitment to respecting human rights is fundamental. We recognize that we are responsible for the impact of our operations on our employees, on workers in our supply chain, on consumers of our products, and on the communities in which we operate.

Local Communities
Our business can only operate successfully if we play a part in developing the communities where we operate. An essential part of our contribution to the wider communities that enable our business to flourish and grow is our investment in long-term, actively managed programmes that help serve critical local needs, such as access to clean water and developing skills through scholarship schemes

In 2015 we refreshed our Code which sets the standard that is expected of everyone working for Guinness Nigeria, and from which our other policies and standards flow. We have a risk and compliance team which provides rigorous oversight of our risk management, internal controls & compliance and ethics programmes across our business. Our overriding aim is to encourage integrity in every part of our business. We expect our employees to act with exemplary conduct in all their business interactions and truly embody our value of being proud of what we do.

Bribery and Corruption

We do not tolerate bribery or corruption in any form. We are proud of our reputation as a trusted and respected business. We do not tolerate any form of corruption whether directly by employees or indirectly through business partners who act on our behalf.

Child labour and forced labour

We do not permit exploitation of children or involuntary servitude for our employees, suppliers or business partners. We do not employ anyone under the age of 16. Employees under the age of 18 do not perform any hazardous work. We respect all relevant local laws regarding voluntary employment and minimum age for employment.



We recognize that we will only become one of the best performing, most trusted and respected companies in the world if we responsibly manage all our material environmental impacts, particularly water.

Water is a resource that is absolutely essential for our operations as it makes up a significant percentage of our beers and spirits. We also use water to clean, cool, lubricate, convey, heat, pasteurize, germinate and steep during production.

Water management is therefore fundamental to the future success of our business. Building on our tradition of promoting sustainable water stewardship, we have continued to increase our efforts to address the global water challenge along our value chain – in our sourcing of raw materials, within our own operations, in the communities where we operate, and through advocacy.

Carbon Emission
We believe that energy sources of the future are the low-carbon sources such as wind, hydro and solar. We are also committed to taking necessary steps to reduce our carbon emissions. This helps us advance our ambition to reduce our impact on the environment but also challenges us to explore cleaner energy sources that will help ensure long term energy sustainability for our organization.


We recognize that our business generates a significant amount of waste. We have therefore continued to pursue our ambition to completely eliminate our waste to landfill by 2020. To realise this goal, we strive to continuously improve our waste management system through the adoption of a 4R strategy. This strategy focuses on waste – REDUCTION, REUSE, RECOVERY and RECYCLING.

Management Responsibility

The company’s Corporate Relations department is responsible for the preparation of this report in accordance with Sustainability Reporting Guidelines (vol.4) of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI).


We have engaged Ernst & Young(EY) to review environmental sustainability disclosures made in this report and and provide assurance on their validity.


We welcome feedback from the public on disclosures made in this report. Please send all feedback to:

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