Sustainability

Creating memorable moments,

crafting a better future

We have identified key areas along our value chain where we believe we can make the most significant impact and contribute towards sustainable development, supported by our employees. These areas shape our contribution to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which aim to end global poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all.

Sustainable Socio-Economic Development

Building on our heritage and looking after our future

For Distell to thrive, we require prosperous communities and consumers. We therefore aim to stimulate economic prosperity and ensure communities are better off because we are there. Sustainability is a critical enabler of this and, in this way, supports our broader business strategy.

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Promoting

Responsible drinking

As a key player in the alcoholic beverages industry, we recognise our responsibility to reduce the harmful impact that alcohol abuse can have on the health and well-being of people, their families and the communities in which they live and work. We are a member of Aware.org.za, and have developed transformational partnerships with FASfacts and the Foundation for Alcohol Related Research (FARR).

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Broad-based black economic empowerment

Achieving transformation

Transformation is integrated into every aspect of our business. In action, this means accepting differences, recognising the value of diversity and accelerating lasting socio-economic growth in the key markets in which we operate. In addition, transformation stretches across our full value and supply chain – from agriculture to procurement, broad-based black economic empowerment (B-BBEE), local economic development in markets where we operate, as well as our employees and brands.

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Community

Empowering communities

We believe the communities in which we operate should be better off because we are there. We focus on sustainable economic initiatives to build enterprising communities and support local economies, with a particular focus on empowering women. We believe in the potential of arts and culture to drive sustainable development and create inclusive job opportunities, while acting as a catalyst for individual and social empowerment.

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Sustainability

Managing our supply chain sustainably

We understand that our long-term sustainability is intrinsically linked to the environment and the natural resources on which we depend, from farm to consumer and back again. We must therefore ensure that our supply chain practices are efficient, agile and geared to protect the planet – while meeting our customers’ requirements in full.

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Community

Building our people

Our employees are at the heart of our business and our growth is driven by the nearly 5 000 men and women employed by Distell. We have a wide range of programmes in place that aim to create and encourage a diverse and safe work environment free of harassment and discrimination. We strive to leverage our employees’ capabilities to ensure a sustainable talent pool.

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Trust

The Distell Development Trust

The Distell Development Trust focuses on three strategic imperatives when selecting initiatives to invest in. These focus areas are appropriately aligned with international, national and Distell Group focus areas:

  • Empowerment of black women in rural communities
  • Education and work-readiness
  • Youth employment and entrepreneurship in townships

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Your feedback is important to us and we welcome your input to enhance our sustainability reporting. Please send your comments to Investor.Relations@distell.co.za or call +27 21 809 7000.