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The Group operates a corporate responsibility and sustainability policy which is designed to meet the demands of its stakeholders in as economically, environmentally and socially responsible way as possible in line with the key values of our organisation.

C&C is an alcohol beverages company and we place significant emphasis on responsible alcohol consumption. We are long-standing advocates of minimum unit pricing of alcohol which has now been introduced in Scotland. We also support its introduction in other markets. We believe that such support is a hallmark of our view on playing a long-term role as a responsible corporate citizen.

C&C also recognises the role companies must increasingly play to protect our environment. We rely on farmers to supply our key raw materials and respect that there are complex ecological systems at play which require our respect and care. We also know that we must continue to reduce our emissions, our water use and, now most pointedly, reduce our plastic waste.

We are making substantial progress. We expect our products to be free of single use-plastic by 2021. We have significantly reduced our carbon emissions, CO2consumption and aluminium consumption. We are now zero process waste to landfill from our primary manufacturing sites.

Our role as a good corporate citizen also extends to our communities – where we work to support our local areas and causes – and our employees. We are making significant efforts year-on-year to support the health and wellbeing of our employees; and to support a positive and diverse environment in which to work.

Sustainability

The Group has a long-standing water & energy management and conservation programme. This programme is built on a combination of advanced usage monitoring and continuous improvement projects. Principally focused on our two primary manufacturing sites, the Group has achieved significant improvements in water and energy usage over the past five years.

Social & Employee Matters

As an owner, manufacturer and distributor of alcoholic beverages, the Group acknowledges the duty it has to encourage and promote moderate and responsible alcohol consumption in our society. The Group has long been a vocal advocate – locally, nationally and internationally – of Minimum Unit Pricing, as a responsible legislative measure to help eradicate the misuse of alcohol in our society.

Drinks Industry Sustainability Index – Trends Report 2020

In February 2020, C&C Group plc announced a collaboration with sustainable research company, Footprint Intelligence (‘Footprint’), to create the first ever Drinks Industry Sustainability Index – Trends Report 2020.

The report analyses the extent to which the drinks industry is adopting sustainable strategies and practices for packaging, waste, water, emissions, energy, social impact and raw materials. Footprint’s analysis and evaluation highlights that the Drinks Industry score lags behind other sectors and must therefore do more.

Our key values, environmental responsibility and sustainable operating practices have increasingly shaped the way C&C operates. All key raw materials for our beer and cider brands are sourced locally. The Group is committed to an ambitious target of being 100% carbon-neutral by 2025 – a full 25 years ahead of the UK’s carbon neutral target. C&C is also on course to remove all single-use plastics from its consumer packaging by 2021. Acknowledging that every company can do more to protect the environment for the future, the Sustainability Index helps identify sustainable operating practices which reduce the industry’s carbon footprint.