Celebrating sustainability at the heart of our business

Every year the world joins together for #WorldEnvironmentDay to encourage global awareness and action for the protection of our environment, giving us the opportunity to reflect on past achievements and future challenges.


We are committed to minimising our environmental impact and to improving the environment we operate in across our business and the communities in which we work.

Our success has deep links with the environment and the communities where we source, make and sell our brands - and for our business to thrive, these communities, and the environment, must thrive too. This is why we take great care in building sustainable supply chains all year round and work hard to protect the environment and the natural resources we all rely on.

Blue Agave fields in Mexico

Blue Agave fields in the Highlands of Jalisco, Mexico where Don Julio Tequila is produced. Jimadors, generation after generation, are experts in the craft of harvesting agave - they are also highly respected craftsmen in Mexico. They handpick and then uniformly hand cut the agave pencas (leaves) from the piña to increase the quality of juice.

Responsibly managing our environmental impact continues to be a high priority for us and we are committed to protecting and sustaining our natural resources and making a positive contribution to the communities in which we we live and work:

  • We have reduced carbon emissions by 40% since 2007 and have invested over £150m in bioenergy and energy efficiency.
  • Our Water of Life programme has enabled more than 10 million people in 21 countries to have access to safe water and sanitation.
  • We have committed to phasing out the use of plastic straws and stirrers as part of over a decade dedicated to making our packaging more sustainable.
  • Our Speyside distilleries such as Dufftown and Cardhu, have saved over 9 million litres of water since July 2017, from improvements in distilling and cooling processes.
Royal Lochnagar Distillery

Royal Lochnagar Distillery. Our business relies on water and other limited natural resources. We want to use those resources responsibly, preserving them for future generations.

We know that today’s consumers are increasingly conscious of the environmental impact of the brands they choose, and are looking for information to help them make informed decisions.

In June 2017, we became the first alcohol beverage company to publish environmental footprints for five of our key global brands - Smirnoff, Johnnie Walker, Tanqueray, Captain Morgan and Guinness - helping people better understand the environmental impact of some of our most popular brands. For example, a single measure of Tanqueray gin has a carbon footprint of 45g CO2, which is less than a can of cola or a packet of crisps.

Investing in environmental sustainability is core to the future growth of our business and in collaboration with customers, suppliers and cross industry groups we are wholly committed to measuring and managing our environmental impact. Find out more about how we are working to reduce our environmental impact and play our part in a low-carbon and water resilient economy below:

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