Sustainability at Carlsberg

In 2016, we laid the foundation for a new, more integrated approach to sustainability, ensuring that we concentrate our efforts on the areas that really make a difference. This approach underpins our licence to brew and operate and is essential to the successful implementation of the Group’s new strategy, SAIL’22.

Partnerships for change

Through partnerships with experts like WWF, Business for Social Responsibility (BSR) and the Carbon Trust we have a more detailed understanding of our impacts. This work will provide a solid basis for devising our new long-term targets, which will be announced in 2017.

“We believe that business has a leading role to play in developing concepts such as the circular economy or closed-loop practices to drive positive change.”

Cees 't Hart, CEO, Carlsberg Group

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Our four priority areas

In 2016, a materiality assessment with Business for Social Responsibility (BSR) identified the four most important sustainability topics, risks and impacts for our business. These are Energy & carbon, Water, Responsible drinking and Health & safety. 

Impacts along the value chain

Having identified the four areas that are most important for our business and stakeholders, we assessed the extent of our impacts – large, medium or small – in each part of the value chain. This information is now helping shape our sustainability strategy and targets.

Carlsberg Group and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Our determination to contribute to better society harmonises with the global drive for prosperity with lower impact set out in the Paris Climate Accord and the UN’s SDGs.

Carlsberg and the SDGs

Work in our four priorities areas will strengthen our business, build resilience in the value chain and make a major contribution to global challenges and the SDGs.


The Carlsberg Group sustainability priority areas


Energy & carbon




Responsible drinking


Health & safety

Most material SDGs with selected targets

7.3 By 2030, double the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency.

6.4 By 2030, substantially increase water-use efficiency and ensure sustainable withdrawals and supply of freshwater to address water scarcity.

3.5 Strengthen the prevention and treatment of substance abuse, including harmful use of alcohol.

8.8 Protect labour rights and promote safe and secure working environment of all workers

Sustainable Development Goals that cut across our operations

By 2030, substantially reduce waste generation through prevention, reduction, recycling and reuse.


Enhance the global partnership for sustainable development, completed by multi-stakeholder partnerships.

17.7 Encourage and promote effective public, public-private and civil society partnerships.

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