Founded in 1847 in Copenhagen, Carlsberg operates within the brewing sector, primarily engaged in the production, marketing and sale of beer and soft drinks. Carlsberg is a global brewer with over 140 beer brands in its portfolio, including craft, specialty beers and alcohol-free beers, with 75 breweries operating in countries including Portugal, Sweden, Italy, Vietnam, China and Poland, among others. Western Europe accounts for 47% of Carlsberg's volumes sold, followed by Asia (29%) and Eastern Europe (24%).

Baseline assessment

Environment

Started the journey

Nutrition

Started the journey

Social inclusion

Started the journey

Summary

Carlsberg publicly discloses several commitments across the dimensions but has room for improvement in all three. The company has set time-bound targets to reduce its scope 1, 2 and 3 GHG emissions and regularly reports against these. It also works to eliminate waste generation to avoid soil pollution but does not disclose commitments around biodiversity or fertiliser and pesticide use. The company has set a target of zero water waste and a target to halve water usage in its breweries by 2030. It has also introduced initiatives to reduce plastic, add more efficient packaging and use brewery by-products as feed material in an effort to curb food waste. Despite being one of the largest brewing companies in the world, Carlsberg does not disclose commitments to improve the nutritional value of its products or to make its healthier products more accessible to consumers. Elsewhere in the nutrition dimension, however, the company has set a target of 100% responsible drinking messaging through packaging and brand activation, and it has committed to listing ingredients clearly on its front-of-package labels. No commitments to workforce nutrition were found. In the social inclusion dimension, Carlsberg is committed to eliminating child and forced labour in its own operations and supply chain, as well as to promoting employee health and safety. However, it does not commit to paying a living wage. Further, Carlsberg does not disclose smallholder support programmes, nor does it commit to protecting the land rights of vulnerable groups.

Food and Agriculture Benchmark

The Food and Agriculture Benchmark will assess 350 keystone companies on the issues underpinning the food system transformation agenda. The benchmark’s aim is to stimulate companies to apply sustainable business practices throughout their operations as well as use their influence to encourage value chain partners to do the same. WBA has organised the food and agriculture value chain into six sub-sectors. These sub-sectors are also reflected in the methodology framework.

Food and agriculture revenue
DKK 88,970,000,000
(USD 13,339,937,000)
Major subsidiaries
Ringnes Norges, Oy Sinebrychoff, Aldaris, Emeraude, Xinjiang Wusu Breweries, Hoppy Union
Consumer brands
Carlsberg, Tuborg, Kroenenbourg, Somersby, Baltica, Grimbergen

Value chain sub-sectors

Other benchmarks

The company is also included in the following benchmarks developed by WBA and our Allies. These benchmarks help to deepen our understanding on key issues and industries.