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International Breweries, LBS promote improved water management practices

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International Breweries Plc and Lagos Business School Sustainability Centre have collaborated on sustainable water management practices in the manufacturing industry.

The collaboration between the two organisations resulted in a virtual forum with the theme ‘Water For Peace’, providing a platform for brewery industry experts, business executives, sustainability stakeholders and academia to learn and dialogue on sustainable water management in the manufacturing industry.

According to beer experts at Colorado State University, water is very important to a brewer, as it makes up more than 90 per cent of most beers.

In her opening remarks, the Corporate and Regulatory Affairs, International Breweries, Mrs Temitope Oguntokun, stated, “Today, we stand at a critical juncture in our journey towards water conservation and equitable access to this invaluable resource. With each drop, we hold the power to transform lives, protect ecosystems, and build a brighter, more sustainable future for generations to come.

“For us at International Breweries Plc, water is one of our major resources and as a result, we make deliberate efforts in water stewardship, which is one of our key sustainability pillars in addition to circular packaging, smart agriculture and climate action.”

The Head of Sustainability, Lagos Business School, Mrs Oreva Atanya, represented by Senior Associate, LBS Sustainability Centre, Mrs Osanua Nwagbara, in her comments, said,  “We recognise the critical importance of responsible water management and consumption, not only for the preservation of our environment but also for the sustainable growth of industries and communities. At Lagos Business School, we advocate for corporations and businesses of all sizes to look inward and integrate sustainable practices for long-term business success. We are deeply committed to supporting organisations in their journey towards achieving strategic sustainability objectives. Our collaboration with International Breweries for this web forum is a demonstration of this commitment to fostering dialogue, collaboration, and innovation in corporate sustainability.”

During his presentation, the Energy and Fluids Specialist, International Breweries, Onitsha Plant, Solomon Unuoha, highlighted International Breweries’ sustainability strategy with the 2025 sustainability ambition for a future where water is enough for everyone.

“Water is a critical component in the brewing process, and central to International Breweries operations, with 90 per cent of its processes reliant on water. To ensure compliance with regulations and minimise environmental impact, each factory is equipped with functional water treatment plants to treat water before release into the environment,” Unuoha said.

The web forum also included an interactive session themed ‘Water Stewardship in Business and Community Resilience’ where discussions indicated best practices businesses must employ to promote sustainable development in communities that align with organisational objectives.

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