Sustainability doesn’t start and stop with any one part of our business. It’s a factor in everything we do. That means constantly considering our impact, the value we create, and opportunities to improve – all the way from the barley and hops that are used to make our beers, through to the moment a customer takes a sip of their favourite DB beer or cider.

Brewing a Better New Zealand

Our Brewing a Better New Zealand programme sets out our focus areas and how we manage and embed sustainability into our business. The programme is led by our Managing Director and Executive Team and its delivery is supported by teams across the business. We strongly believe that everyone has a part to play when it comes to being more sustainable and we encourage our people to be more sustainable wherever they can – drop by drop, team by team and day by day. Our strategy is also guided by the UN Sustainable Development Goals and we seek opportunities to contribute to the goals through our focus areas and through HEINEKEN.

About our reporting

This report covers our performance from 1 January 2018 to 31 December 2018. It covers the activity and impacts of DB Breweries’ main operating sites, including: Waitemata Brewery, Tui Brewery, Monteith’s Brewery, DB Draught Brewery, Black Dog Brewing Company, Redwood Cidery and Tuatara Brewery. Unless stated otherwise, our reporting doesn’t include Joylab and Drinkworks.

Our carbon footprint (scope 1 and 2) for 2018 has been externally verified by Enviro-Mark solutions. External assurance was not sought for our other 2018 disclosures.


We reviewed our material topics for 2018. These are topics that may have significant impacts or substantively influence stakeholders. The method for assessing the materiality of each topic followed GRI’s Materiality Principle and considered a wide range of information sources, including engagement with internal and external stakeholders. Our key stakeholders include our employees, suppliers, government, industry, customers, consumers, media, non-government organisations and local communities.

The following topics are considered to be material for reporting to stakeholders in 2018, in order of priority:

Safe and social drinking

Promoting moderate drinking behaviours and social change through partnerships, campaigns, innovation in low and no alcohol products, product labelling and responsible marketing.

Lower carbon emissions

Managing our resources, including reducing energy consumption, greenhouse gas emissions and waste from our operations.

Safe and healthy workforce

The health, safety and wellbeing of our people and the people we do business with.

Protecting water

Reducing our water consumption and managing the impact that our business has on water quality.

Reducing waste

Reducing waste through better design, waste avoidance, reduction and recycling.

Sustainable value chain

Working with suppliers that meet our environmental and ethical sustainability standards and purchasing from local suppliers.

Economic contribution

Our direct and indirect economic contribution to the New Zealand economy.

Inclusion and diversity

Diversity is about the representation of different groups at DB in the broader sense (including age, nationality, gender, experiences, skills, and thinking styles). Inclusion is about creating an environment that appreciates and values different contributions that a diverse workforce can bring.

Prosperous communities

Our direct and indirect contributions to local communities, including partnerships, sponsorship and philanthropy.