(10 am. – promoted by ek hornbeck)
Today, many companies are “going green.” But at Anheuser-Busch, we’re proud to say our tradition of environmental stewardship dates back to our founder, Adolphus Busch. In the late 1800s, he began recycling leftover grain from the brewing process, using it for cattle feed, a practice that continues today. …
We’re always looking for ways to operate more efficiently, while maintaining our quality standards, and be better stewards of the environment. It’s the right thing for the environment and our company.
These words don’t seem to fit with Corporate activities.
And, Anheauser-Busch makes noise as to their commitment to dealing with Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions and global warming such as in this 2009 press release:
“In 2008, Anheuser-Busch’s U.S. breweries continued a 100-year company tradition of minimizing our impact on the environment in our operations by reducing fuel usage by 8.6 percent; electricity use by 5.1 percent; CO2 purchases by 30 percent; and water use by 13 percent,” said Peter Kraemer, Anheuser-Busch’s vice president of Supply. “All of these efforts combined reduced greenhouse gas emissions by nearly 10 percent. In addition to conservation, we’ve expanded our use of alternative fuels such as solar energy, wastewater we convert to methane gas to offset our use of natural gas, and landfill gas, and we have more alternative energy projects planned for this year and beyond, all while maintaining our high quality standards.”
“We believe in constantly evaluating ways to improve our environmental performance while maintaining our quality standards and have set challenging global targets to achieve our dream of becoming the ‘Best Beer Company in a Better World’,” Kraemer said. “Our celebration of World Environment Day is a global opportunity to unleash the creativity and caring of our employees so they could undertake small but impactful environmental projects at work and in their communities – all aimed at improving our environment.”
Yet, at best, there is uncertainty as to Anheuser-Busch’s real commitment. Climate Counts gave them a 51 out of 100 score, ‘striding’ with a major improvement, when it comes to climate issues. The marginal score resulted in part due to the fact that “Climate Counts found no public information to suggest that Anheuser-Busch supports public policy that addresses climate change.”
In fact, however, the public information might suggest otherwise.
Anheuser-Busch has a chair on the Board of Directors of the US Chamber of Commerce, which has been actively fighting moving forward with sensible climate legislation. The Chamber’s position is so severe that, in fact, multiple businesses (such as PG&E) have left the chamber, others have stepped down the board with public statements distancing themselves from the Chamber’s activities, and there is increasing criticism of the Chamber from voices across the United States.
Bud and Bud Lite are supposed to lift our spirits; why would they want to hurt our planet?
And, Drinking Liberally has even put a carrot into the equation, promising some business if Anheuser-Busch steps up for the planet and steps away from the Chamber:
Join us in asking Anheuser-Busch to step down from the board of the Chamber of Commerce, and show us where their loyalties truly are — with us, their customers.
Other major companies including Apple and Pacific Gas and Electric have already stepped down. If Anheuser-Busch stands up for our environment, we’ll raise up a glass to them, and say, “This Bud’s for you.”
Until that moment, that Bud’s not for the planet … and certainly not for me.