Our breweries and cidery are iconic to their local communities and play an important role in supporting growth through investments, buying locally, paying taxes and providing employment. We take a real sense of pride in our responsibility to create a sustainable future that we can share with Kiwis all over the country.

Our approach

In 2018, we invested over $360,000 in 40 different community partnerships, sponsorships and charitable causes, and contributed our time, skills and knowledge to our local communities.

We also partnered with SAP and Akina Foundation for the first time to send three of our people on a high impact volunteering programme called ‘social sabbatical’, which pairs skilled professionals with social enterprises looking to develop. Read the case study to learn more. We also brought together our Leading Lights alumni (scholarship recipients form the South Auckland community) and charity partner Big Buddy for a unique workshop focused on building leadership capabilities and helping Big Buddy grow its volunteer base. The workshop was immensely beneficial to both our alumni and the Big Buddy team, who came away with a fresh perspective on its volunteer recruitment strategy.

The DB Draught Brewery team continued to support initiatives to improve the manufacturing skills shortage in South Canterbury, through mentoring and local skills development programmes.

Case study: Unique volunteering opportunity brings benefits for social enterprises and staff alike


In 2018, three employees from DB joined the social enterprise sector as part of a unique volunteering programme called social sabbatical. Sharing their skills in strategic planning, marketing and organisational development, the volunteers helped two social enterprises solve strategic challenges and plan, develop and implement priority programmes.

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