Heineken
Brewer
World's #2 brewer after Anheuser-Busch InBev. Founded in 1864. The founding Heineken family controls the company.

Overall

Owned NLD
Rating C
About the Ratings
Heineken NV
NLD

Company Assessment

Heineken NV
Praise
In 2023, the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) asked companies to provide data about their efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate climate change risk. Responding companies are scored across four key areas: disclosure; awareness; management; and leadership. This company received a CDP Climate Change score of A.
Source: CDP (2023)
In 2023, the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) asked companies to provide data about their efforts to manage and govern freshwater resources. Responding companies are scored on six key metrics: transparency; governance & strategy; measuring & monitoring; risk assessment; targets & goals; and value chain engagement. This company received a CDP Water Security score of A-.
Source: CDP (2023)
The 2024 Social Benchmark assesses the world's 2,000 most influential companies on their responsibility in meeting society's fundamental expectations towards three measurement areas: respecting human rights, providing decent work, and acting ethically. This company was assessed in 2023 and received a score of 14/20. The average score was an alarmingly low 4.6/20 and the highest score was 15.5/20.
This company received an S&P Global ESG Score of 68/100 in the Beverages category of the S&P Global Corporate Sustainability Assessment, an annual evaluation of companies' sustainability practices (last updated 16 Dec 2022). The rankings are based on an analysis of corporate economic, environmental and social performance, assessing issues such as corporate governance, risk management, environmental reporting, climate strategy, human rights and labour practices.
Criticism
The Green Supply Chain Corporate Information Transparency Index (CITI) evaluates consumer-facing companies that have a sizeable supply chain in China. The evaluation uses government supervision data and public information to assess the environmental management of their supply chains in China. This company received a score of 15.2/100 (retrieved 24 Nov 2023).
Source: IPE (2023)
As You Sow's 2024 Plastic Promises Scorecard measures the corporate ambition and action of 225 large companies across six industries on six core pillars of plastic packaging pollution prevention: 1) Recyclability, 2) Reduction, 3) Recycled Content, 4) Recovery, 5) Reuse, and 6) Producer Responsibility. This company received a grade of D-.
Information
In 2019 Break Free From Plastic engaged 72,541 volunteers in 51 countries to conduct 484 brand audits. These volunteers collected 476,423 pieces of plastic waste, 43% of which was marked with a clear consumer brand. While not in the global top 10, this company ranked as Europe's third worst plastic polluter.
Beer promotion workers selling Heineken, Carlsberg, Bavaria and other beer in Cambodian bars and restaurants earn too little to make a decent living. This 2012 report by SOMO reveals that to compensate for their low wages, Cambodian beer promoters have to sit and drink beer with customers, often undergo sexual intimidation, have to work on their weekly days-off and occasionally resort to prostitution. The situation has improved mainly due to the efforts of Beer Selling Industry Cambodia (BSIC), the industry body of breweries that Heineken and Carlsberg are members of. Despite these efforts however, there are still a significant number of issues to be dealt with to provide decent working conditions for beer promotion workers. Heineken has the largest market share of beer in Cambodia.
Source: SOMO (2012)
In 2007 Heineken were fined by the European commission 219.3m, along with Grolsch 31.65m and Bavaria 22.85m for operating a price fixing cartel in the Netherlands, totalling 273.7m. The brewers controlled 95% of the Dutch market, with Heineken claiming a half and the three others 15% each. [Listed under information due to age of court date]
This company received a score of 41.1/100 in the Newsweek Green Ranking 2017, which ranks the world's largest publicly traded companies on eight indicators covering energy, greenhouse gases, water, waste, fines and penalties, linking executive pay to sustainability targets, board-level committee oversight of environmental issues and third-party audits. Ranking methodology by Corporate Knights and HIP Investor.
This company has signed a letter of intent (https://bit.ly/2rdBlwn) to participate in the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition, which claims will lift 50 million people in Africa out of poverty by 2022. But according to a 2015 report by ActionAid, the scheme will benefit multinational companies at the expense of small-scale farmers and is likely to increase poverty and inequality in Africa. Launched in 2012, the New Alliance provides aid money from rich countries like the US and the UK, and helps big business invest in the African agricultural sector. But in return, African countries are required to change their land, seed and trade rules in favour of big business. The New Alliance will: Make it easier for big corporations to grab land in Africa: Prevent farmers from breeding, saving and exchanging seeds: Heavily promote chemical fertilisers and pesticides, which increase farmers’ risk of debt as well as damaging the environment and farmers' health: Replace family farms with low paid, insecure jobs; and Prevent countries from restricting crop exports, even at times of domestic shortage.
This company received a score of 18.7/100 in the Newsweek Green Ranking 2017, which ranks the world's largest publicly traded companies on eight indicators covering energy, greenhouse gases, water, waste, fines and penalties, linking executive pay to sustainability targets, board-level committee oversight of environmental issues and third-party audits. Ranking methodology by Corporate Knights and HIP Investor.
As listed on the We Mean Business website, this company has committed to the following climate action initiatives: adopt a science-based emissions reduction target; commit to 100% renewable power.
This company is a member of the International Alliance for Responsible Drinking (IARD), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to reducing harmful drinking and promoting understanding of responsible drinking. IARD is affiliated with the United Nations.
Source: IARD (2021)
This company appears on the 2023 Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index, signifying a commitment to supporting gender equality through policy development, representation, and transparency.
Compassion in World Farming is a UK-based organisation which works with the European food industry to encourage and reward commitment, transparency, performance and innovation in the field of animal welfare. This company won their Good Egg Award in 2011 in recognition of their commitment to only source cage-free eggs.
The Sustainable Food Lab is a network of business, public sector, and civil society leaders from around the globe who are working together to accelerate sustainability in mainstream food and agriculture.
This company is a Bronze Member of the Sustainable Brands Network, the leading peer to peer, learning and networking group designed to support brands in meeting their sustainability goals and ultimately become those leaders of the next sustainable economy.
This company is a member of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, whose stated mission is to accelerate the transition to a circular economy. The Ellen MacArthur Foundation works with business, government and academia to build a framework for an economy that is restorative and regenerative by design.
This company is a member of the Sustainable Agriculture Initiative (SAI) Platform, the main food industry initiative supporting the development of sustainable agriculture worldwide. Created by Nestle, Unilever and Danone in 2002, the SAI Platform is a non-profit organization to facilitate sharing, at precompetitive level, of knowledge and initiatives to support the development and implementation of sustainable agriculture practices involving the different stakeholders of the food chain.
The 2022 Corporate Human Rights Benchmark assessed 127 companies in the food and agriculture, ICT and automotive manufacturing sectors on their human rights performance. This company received a score of 28.5%. The overall average score was a disappointing 17.3% and the highest score was 50.3%.
The 2023 Gender Benchmark ranks 112 companies from the apparel and food and agriculture sectors on their efforts to drive gender equality and women's empowerment across their entire value chain. Companies are assessed on governance and strategy, representation, compensation and benefits, health and well-being, violence and harassment, and marketplace and community. This company ranked #58/112, with a total score of 20.9%. The average score was 23% and the highest score was 55%.
The 2023 Food and Agriculture Benchmark assessed 350 keystone companies across the entirety of the food system, from farm to fork. It covers three dimensions where transformation is needed: nutrition, environment and social inclusion. This company ranked #32/350, with a total score of 38.2/100.
A profile on this company can be seen at 'Transnationale' website. Follow source link for details on company record and involvements, which includes three accounts of fraud, five offshore tax havens, three accounts of political influence.

Company Details

Type:
Public company
Founded:
1864
Revenue:
36.4 billion EUR (2023)
Employees:
85,000 (2023)
Subsidiaries:
United Breweries Ltd (62% owned)
Alcoholic beverages
India's largest beer producer. In 2021 Heineken increased its stake to 61.5%, giving it full operational control.
DB Breweries Ltd
Brewer
One of New Zealand's top 2 brewers, which has been owned by Heineken since 2013.
DBG (Australia) Pty Ltd
Beer & cider sales and marketing
Australian sales and marketing arm of DB Breweries, one of New Zealand's top two brewers. Acquired 5 liquor brands from Asahi in 2020.
Heineken Asia Pacific
Brewer
Formerly Asia Pacific Breweries. Makers of Tiger beer and other beverages. Founded in 1931 as a joint venture between the Heineken and Fraser and Neave. Heineken became full owners in 2013.
Heineken UK Ltd
Brewer
Operates about 2,500 pubs throughout the UK, plus a large portfolio of ciders and beers.

Contact Details

Address:
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Website:
www.heinekeninternational.com

Products / Brands

Drinkworks
Beck's Beer (imported)
Bintang Beer (imported)
Bonamy's Cider
Little Green Cider
Monteith Cider
Monteith Beer (imported)
Old Mout Cider Cider
Orchard Thieves Cider
Sol Beer (imported)
Stella Artois Beer (imported)
Strongbow Cider
Tecate Beer (imported)
Tiger Beer (imported)
Tui Beer (imported)
Drinkworks / United Breweries (brand owner)
Kingfisher Beer (imported)