International Breweries Plc (IBPLC), has been commended by its stakeholders for coordinating its brewery operations in line with best practices and focus on its Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) agenda.
Stakeholders, comprising regulatory authorities, government representatives, media, and community members expressed these during a facility tour of the company’s Gateway Plant in Ogun State.
The plant has a substantive solar mix for its energy use as part of its Climate Action programmes.
The Gateway Plant manager, Akintayo Oguntunde who took the regulators around the facility explained that, “IBPLC has invested a lot of human and financial resources in our organisation across the country to ensure we run our business in a sustainable manner with minimal or no negative impact on the environment.”
He explained that “some of our company’s environmental efforts include the efficient treatment of our effluents, the use of bio-gas from our by-products as well as liquified natural gas to power our boilers. On waste management, we demonstrate strict adherence to waste segregation, recycling of our bottles and by-product recycling. We also recently launched our eco-trucks where we use gas-powered delivery trucks with reduced carbon footprint.”
The brewery operations director, IBPLC, Tony Agah, noted that the company’s focus on the environment is further demonstrated through the multi-layered structures it has on ground at the plant, regional, zone and global levels.
“We share operations’ best practices, and we invest in the best technology. Our structures are backed up with training to make sure the people running our environmental systems are competent,” he said.
Agah informed that the company’s system enables it to treat all effluents coming from the brewery processes in line with regulatory standards.
He assured that “the company will continue to deploy technology to back up its operations so it can continue to scale up on positive impact to the environment.”
While highlighting the company’s commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), the Legal and Corporate Affairs director, Temitope Oguntokun explained that one of the core values of the company globally is to make sure its operations bring benefits and prosperity to the communities where it operates.
Delivering his remarks, the vice-chairman of Obafemi Owode Local Government of Ogun State, Babatunde Olusesi commended IBPLC for investing in the LG and the consistent support it has rendered to communities.
“We have already noticed that you are doing well in employment and CSR activities. It pleases and amazes us as a local government to see what you have contributed to the community. We are delighted about your contributions and would like to explore more partnerships with International Breweries. With what we have seen, the Local Government is proud of you. We commend you for investing here,” he said.