Our commitment to sustainability is integral to the success of our operations, whether it relates to streamlining our supply chain, developing innovative environmental activities or creating professional development opportunities for our employees. Doing so and enhancing corporate performance are increasingly important. We are committed to keep building on our long track record of social responsibility. I am proud to outline our sustainability milestones during the year.

In 2013, we conducted a comprehensive materiality survey on our existing community programmes to gauge the importance of these programmes to the Company. Through this survey, we understand our stakeholders’ sentiments on each of our community programmes. This helps us to plan our strategy moving forward, develop current initiatives and prioritise programmes that create the greatest impact to the community as well as the Company.

During the year, we have also conducted a suppliers’ assessment for the first time. This assessment ensure that our suppliers are not practising any unethical behaviour such as hiring of children or tolerating discrimination in their companies. It also raised our standards on suppliers’ selection when we started expecting our suppliers to implement CSR Management Systems, practise a safe working environment and adhere to environmental regulations. We have identified additional four suppliers for assessment in 2014.

We continue to make good progress in reducing our environmental footprint. We introduced a new can packaging which uses less materials, including a smaller lid in its production. This new can packaging is 6.7% lighter than the previous packaging and minimised environmental impact and improved efficiency.

I am also pleased that we made energy savings of 8% in 2013. This was achieved by upgrading and installing energy efficient motors in our cooling plant. A boiler economiser was installed to reuse the released heat from the stack to reduce our thermal energy requirements. Continued optimisation of our Waste Water Treatment Plant anaerobic reactor operations helped to maximise biogas generation.

Being a responsible corporate citizen, we are constantly promoting the responsible enjoyment of beer as part of a healthy lifestyle. The Drink Responsibly campaign is enforced at all our major promotional campaigns and events. In 2014, a new Drink Responsibly policy will be launched and this will be our key focus moving forward.

We continue to strive to be an employer of choice. At Carlsberg Malaysia, we are committed to providing not just a job but career growth. This includes learning opportunities, competitive remuneration package and a healthy workplace. I believe the wellbeing of our employees is of paramount importance.

In view of this, we have recently relaunched Carlsberg Malaysia’s Sports and Recreation Club to drive employee engagement via social activities, to encourage active engagement and more importantly, promote a work-life balance among our employees.

I would like to take this opportunity to announce the forthcoming launch of our very own Foundation in 2014. Going forward, all future community initiatives will be conducted by the Foundation with key focus areas on education, environment and sports.

Lastly, I would like to extend my gratitude to all our stakeholders who have encouraged us to perform better with their feedback, opinions and support. My deepest appreciation goes to the management and employees for their continuous dedication, commitment and contribution.

As always, we hope you find our report useful and informative. We appreciate your feedback, which is useful to us in developing our future.

Henrik Juel Andersen
Managing Director