New Zealand’s success as a thriving, diverse place to live, comes down to its local communities. And so does ours. We depend on a healthy and engaged workforce and community to make our business tick. Likewise, our breweries and cidery are iconic to their local communities. 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

Each year, we invest in responsible consumption partnerships, educational programmes and charitable causes. We also contribute our time, skills and knowledge to the communities where we operate. We focus on long-term initiatives that support inclusive growth, and those that complement the focus areas of our sustainability strategy.

Since 2014, we’ve partnered with the New Zealand Leadership Institute (NZLI) to provide scholarships for 25 members of the South Auckland business community – helping develop first class leadership talent locally.

We’re also in our fifth year of a partnership with Big Buddy, a charity that provides mentors to boys without father figures in their lives. We support Big Buddy through connections with other supporting partners and facilitating fundraising events.

The DB Draught Brewery team also supports initiatives to improve the manufacturing skills shortages in South Canterbury. They’re working with the Food Manufacturing and Processing Business Connection Forum, Aoraki Development, and ARA (tertiary institute), to offer career pathways into the industry.

Find out more about the South Canterbury initiative here

Our performance

In 2017, we invested over $285,000 in 20 different community partnerships, sponsorships and charitable causes. That included an investment in The Packaging Forum, an industry-led group that raises awareness about packaging recycling and litter reduction. We also supported programmes like Black Dog’s SPCA fundraiser, "Gone to the Dogs", riparian planting at Tui Brewery, and the Halberg Foundation.

Case study: Solving regional skills shortages in Timaru

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