Contributing to a sustainable world

Our operations and relationships allow us to create and share value. Our diversified portfolio, commitment to quality, and our unique culture and long-term growth opportunities position us as a market leader. We use the returns we gain to give back to stakeholders.

NBL’s resilience depends on its stakeholders. Our emphasis is often not on the product we sell, but on how the entire business contributes to the well-being of the system in which we operate.

With the introduction of our new strategy we made a commitment as part of the O&L Group to align our outcomes to the United Nations SDGs. We join an international community of governments and businesses focused on impact – all aligned with our purpose.

At NBL, we are starting the SDG journey with our material matters as a foundation input. We determined these material matters through a formal process in 2018 by focusing on our drivers for value creation. We framed our material matters as the ways in which we are ‘giving back’ to our stakeholders, thereby contributing to the sustainable development of Namibia. Our material matters remain essential to our ability to give back sustainably and support our purpose, Creating a Future, Enhancing Life.

Identifying our SDG priorities

With the 2025 Breakthrough Strategy approved, the O&L Group launched a process to align the 2025 sustainability programme to the strategy. This included extensive engagement with all operating companies, including NBL, and aimed to ensure that our sustainability efforts will support both our strategy and value system while creating sustainable outcomes. We believe that a strong sustainability programme builds credibility, improves relationships and enhances brand awareness.

The SDGs presented us with a set of global goals and targets to focus our efforts. We recognise that the 17 SDGs are interconnected and interdependent, but that we needed to prioritise to be catalysts for positive change.

The O&L Group approached the SDG selection process by considering strategic outcomes and four major capitals: financial, human, natural and social.

At NBL we elected to first establish our own baseline by determining which goals matter most to us based on our Company profile. Our team used the SDG Action Manager’s assessment tool that was developed by B Lab and the UN Global Compact. Based on the outcome of the first assessment, we reviewed the top goals identified for NBL and decided on a priority set to start exploring for the first year.

We recognise that this is a journey, and are committed to identifying indicators that will allow us to measure progress, impact and our contribution.

NBL’s priority SDGs

As a leading beverage manufacturer, NBL has a responsibility to minimise harmful alcohol consumption, reduce the impacts of its effluent, and to invest in employees’ well-being.

NBL is the biggest industrial consumer of water in Windhoek. It is critical that we minimise our consumption and the impact we have on water quality.

NBL can contribute to clean energy by substituting fossil fuel-based electricity with renewables, and by improving energy efficiency.

NBL’s biggest opportunity to contribute to the SDGs is in economically uplifting Namibians. We aim to provide dignified work with decent wages and growth opportunities, while developing the local industry to be self-sufficient.

NBL aims to be responsible and ethical in how it uses and recycles natural resources.