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Adnams receives top Honour

By Emma Hibbert, also posted in News on

The Queen's Awards for Enterprise: Sustainable Development 2012We are delighted to announce that Adnams has been awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise: Sustainable Development. We are celebrating the news by announcing the production of a special beer to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. The Queen’s Award celebrates our ‘values-based approach to business management’, which we believe is crucial to sustainable success. In our most recent Annual Report and Accounts Adnams reported turnover up by 7% and beer volumes in growth by 7%. For the Adnams business, this has meant making continued improvements to energy, water consumption and use of raw materials. The company has a strong sense of community and supports many local events and organisations, we also donate at least 1% of annual profits to groups and organisations within a 25-mile radius of Southwold. In 2011 the Adnams Charity made a 68 grants totalling over £70,000. The most recent example of Adnams putting our values into practice is the installation of an anaerobic digester which takes brewery and local food waste and converts it into green gas which will be injected into the national grid. We believe that our strategy for investing in the long term combined with efforts to reduce carbon emissions has contributed to being able to hold Adnams beer prices for the fourth consecutive year. Andy Wood, Chief Executive commented, “We are delighted to be honoured with this award. At its simplest level sustainability is about longevity. Adnams has been in business since 1872 and we plan for it to be around for many, many more years to come. At a deeper level it’s about building stronger relationships - with our people, our customers, our community and the wider world. That means developing an exceptional working culture at Adnams, managing our social and environmental impacts to deliver positive improvements and achieving better business results, on a consistent basis. It’s about ‘doing things right’ and being seen to do so. Our values drive our success. In a recent employee survey, 93% of Adnams employees said they were proud or extremely proud to work for Adnams. I certainly count myself as one of those." Adnams Diamond AleTo be awarded a Queen’s Award during Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee year makes us particularly proud. Our Diamond Ale will be out in a couple of weeks and we look forward joining the Country’s celebrations.” The Queen’s Award for Enterprise judging panel said, “Adnams plc wins a Sustainable Development Award for pursuing a ‘values-based approach to management’ within its brewery, wine merchants and hoteliers business. As a result, it has reduced its negative environmental impact and made significant contributions to the well-being of its surrounding communities. It provides an excellent example to its industry. Through the introduction of carbon-neutral beer and lighter beer bottles, it reduced operational impact.  It established an innovative Eco-distribution Centre, regarded as exemplar. Partnering a local small business, it harnessed anaerobic digestion technology for generating gas from organic waste to supply its own requirements and feed surpluses to the national grid. The company provides leadership, staff resource and funding to promote responsible drinking and support work experience and training, especially for disabled and disadvantaged people.

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