18 March 2013: More than 20 employees from the Stag Brewery in Mortlake have participated in a clean-up of the River Thames. The clean-up, organised by the brewery, was an effort to improve sections of the river for local people and wildlife.
The team of volunteers, led by Rodger Parsons, Stag Brewery’s Environment and Safety Manager, removed rubbish from the Thames and cleaned up the river banks around Mortlake, Richmond and Chiswick on Friday. The brewery team were joined by representatives from Thames21, London’s leading waterways charity.
Chris I’Anson, Brewery Manager at Stag Brewery, said: “The river is a central part of the community around Mortlake, so we are delighted to do our bit to restore its natural beauty.”
“I am very proud of what the team here at Stag has achieved to integrate sustainability into every aspect of our business. We already recycle more than 99% of all our waste and we are always looking for new ways to reduce our impact on the environment and achieve our dream: to be the Best Beer Company in a Better World.”
Stag Brewery, and its parent company, Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev), have recently announced the achievement of an ambitious set of three year environmental goals to reduce water and energy consumption and carbon emissions, and improve their rate of recycling. Stag helped the company achieve these goals, by reducing its water usage by 9% and cutting CO2 emissions by 5% in the last year.
Stuart Tabberner from Thames21, who took part in the clean-up, said: “It’s great to see Stag Brewery taking the initiative to look after their local river, and we look forward to working with its team into the future. Thames21 encourages all organisations to consider what they can do to help improve their local river and reduce the many pressures on London’s waterways.”
The brewery, which has been operational since 1487, employs 100 people who work together to produce AB InBev’s world famous beer, Budweiser.