Guinness Ghana Breweries Limited (GGBL) has launched its Water Blueprint, a document detailing the business’ strategy towards water resource management.
The Water Blueprint, the first of its kind by a business in Ghana is part of the company’s focus on building thriving communities through various means.
Speaking at the launch in Accra , Gabriel Opoku-Asare, Corporate Relations Director of GGBL said, ‘As indicated in the recently launched national corporate social responsibility policy, the focus of any sustainability programme should encompass poverty eradication, employment, sustainable agriculture, health, gender equality, sustainable use and management of natural resources among others.
He said the company’s business strategic plan to improve water efficiencies and support efforts to achieve what was set out in the National CSR Policy in relation to water resource management is set out in the Water Blueprint.
“We will do this through four thematic areas; advocacy, sustainable sourcing of raw materials, ensuring efficient production and building thriving communities.
Cecilia Coonan, Global Communications Manager, Diageo PLC, parent company of GGBL reiterated Diageo’s position on water adding that “water is an essential ingredient of all our brands.”
She said water was also essential for growing the company’s raw materials; in the production process and in the manufacture of packaging and its efficient management is of the utmost importance for local communities.
“Our sustainable and responsibility targets for 2020 focus on the areas that are most material to our business and our main priorities are building strong communities; environmental performance, particularly water and carbon and promoting the responsible consumption of alcohol,” she said.
These she said fulfilled 12 of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals including partnerships.
The Global Water Blueprint she said provided more detail on the company’s strategy to support the delivery of water-related 2020 sustainability and responsible targets
Mr. Donnan Tay, Director of Water at the Ministry of Water Resources, Works and Housing who launched the Water Blue Print said Ghana was endowed with many water resources but they were at risk of depletion and degradation due to natural and human factors.
The factors he said included wanton depletion of the country’s forest cover, illegal mining, inappropriate solid and liquid waste disposal and other destructive practices inimical required for healthy environment.
He lauded Guinness Ghana for the bold initiative and challenged other corporate bodies to do same.
By David Adadevoh