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Guinness Nigeria

Guinness Nigeria has a rich heritage and a great track record of growth and strong performance.

Sustainable  Development

Guinness Nigeria’s sustainability strategy is fully aligned with Diageo’s global strategy and is underpinned by 3 main pillars; Leadership in Alcohol in Society, Building Thriving Communities and Reducing our Environmental Impact in the communities where we live and work.

 

Our aim is to be recognized as the best performing, most trusted and respected brand In Nigeria and we understand that to achieve this we need to deliver on our sustainable development commitments. Guinness Nigeria’s sustainability efforts are focused on those areas of society where its business has the greatest impact, such as social responsibility and alcohol, the environment and our social and economic impact in the communities where we operate

Reducing Our Environmental Footprint

Reducing our carbon footprint and driving operational efficiencies remain key priorities for our business. This is why our targets under this pillar addresses issues such as carbon emission, waste water, deforestation, and packaging. As a drinks company, we know that water is and will always be a material resource, and therefore its careful management is a critical aspect of our environment strategy. The Diageo water blueprint defines our strategic approach to water stewardship. This blueprint is based on four core areas where we will increase our efforts: in the sourcing of raw materials; in our own operations; in the communities which we operate; and through local and global advocacy water stewardship efforts.

Environment initiatives

  • Partnership with Wecyclers: In April 2018, Guinness Nigeria signed up Wecyclers, a for-profit social enterprise that promotes environmental sustainability, socio-economic development, and community health to support Guinness’s waste management agenda. This partnership is aimed at supporting the implementation of Guinness Nigeria’s 4R waste management strategy, covering REDUCTION, REUSE, RECOVERY and RECYCLING, while also addressing increasing local and global concerns around the environmental issues of waste disposal. This is in line with our commitment to reduce our environmental footprint as well as join the global movement to tackle environmental pollution.
  • Water of Life: As part of Diageo’s wider Water of Life programme, we have established several mini-water works to provide access to clean drinking water and reduce our environmental impact.​ In our efforts to protect water resources, we have worked with local communities to complete 22 of these water projects across several states in Nigeria.

Environment results

  • HEALTH (Guinness Eye Centre Lagos) :
    • 150,000 people treated annually
    • Over 20,000 school pupils visually screened annually
    • Over 300 medical students and community health workers trained annually
    • Hospitals accredited by West African College of surgeons for postgraduate training in Ophthalmology
  • WATER OF LIFE: To date, we have completed 22 water projects across several states in Nigeria. Our work has reached over one million people in Abia, Rivers, Lagos, Ogun, Niger, Nasarawa, Edo, Benue, Oyo, Delta, Imo, Oyo, Ondo, Enugu, Ekiti, Kwara and Anambra states. Complementing our efforts to protect water resources, we work with local communities to provide access to safe drinking water through our Water of Life programme.
  • SKILLS FOR LIFE: Guinness Nigeria worked to help these farmers by introducing and disseminating low-cost, high-capacity human-powered water pumps, called Guinness Amfani Pumps, and installing hand-drilled tube wells to increase the versatility of the treadle pumps. We invested N13.2 million in the programme, which was implemented by the American Non-Governmental Organization, Enterprise Works.

Over an 18-month period, we worked through two growing seasons in three adjacent states in Northern Nigeria (Katsina, Kano, and Kaduna), helping farmers to get water up to seven times faster than they used to. These farmers are able to irrigate up to half a hectare of land with a single pump, earning as much as $1,500 during the period, doubling the average annual household income. The project has benefited over 800 farmers and their extended families. It has also contributed about $200,000 to artisans trained to manufacture and distribute the pumps.

Community

Guinness Nigeria has established a scholarship scheme for young school leavers in its host communities in Lagos, Edo and Abia states for the study of Engineering. The scheme is being implemented in collaboration with the Nigeria Society of Engineers (NSE). The scheme has now been extended to include other fields of study and it is being conducted in partnership with the Nigeria Institute of Management (NIM).

  • Skills For Life: Our Skills for Life programme is an extension of our Water of Life initiative and enables farmers to irrigate their farmland and increase their capacity and income. Northern Nigeria is well suited for irrigated horticulture. The region has a long history of irrigated agricultural production using slow labor-intensive, traditional water-lifting methods such as hand dug wells, ropes and buckets.
  • Guinness Eye Centre Lagos: The Guinness Eye Hospitals provide ophthalmic services to people from all parts of Nigeria and beyond and train medical students, resident doctors, nurses and community health officers, with examinations for national and international Ophthalmology degrees taking place within the Lagos center. The Hospitals have been accredited by the West African College of surgeons for postgraduate training in Ophthalmology and the national post graduate medical college of Nigeria. In 2018, Guinness Nigeria supported the purchase of an Optical Coherence Tomography machine for the Guinness Eye Centre at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH). It is for diagnosis and monitoring of common blinding eye diseases such as Glaucoma, Diabetes Maculopathy/ Retinopathy childhood eye cancer, Retinoblastoma and Age-related macular degeneration and also donated Five Million Naira (N5, 000,000) to Guinness Eye Centre Onitsha for the ongoing renovation works.
  • Guinness Graduate Skills Development Scholarship Scheme: The Guinness Graduate Skills Development Scholarship Scheme provides full tuition for 10 Engineering graduates to undergo a one-year Graduate Skills Development Programme at the National Power Training Institute of Nigeria (NAPTIN). This programme equips the beneficiaries with the required technical skills they need to build successful careers in Nigeria’s growing power sector. We established a scholarship scheme for young school leavers in our host communities in Lagos State and Edo State to enable them to study engineering. The scheme is being implemented in collaboration with the Nigeria Society of Engineers (NSE) and has been extended to include other fields of study. It is being conducted in partnership with the Nigeria Institute of Management (NIM).

Community results

  • Skills for Life Result: Over an 18-month period, we worked through two growing seasons in three adjacent states in Northern Nigeria (Katsina, Kano, and Kaduna), helping farmers to get water up to seven times faster than they used to. These farmers are able to irrigate up to half a hectare of land with a single pump, earning as much as $1,500 during the period, doubling the average annual household income. The project has benefited over 800 farmers and their extended families. It has also contributed about $200,000 to artisans trained to manufacture and distribute the pumps.
  • Guinness Eye Centre Result:
    • 150,000 people treated annually
    • Over 20,000 school pupils visually screened annually
    • Over 300 medical students and community health workers trained annually
    • Hospitals accredited by West African College of surgeons for postgraduate training in Ophthalmology
  • Guinness Graduate Skills Development Scholarship Scheme: Guinness Nigeria paid tuition for 20 undergraduates (from our host communities) who are beneficiaries of the scheme.