Heineken is a Dutch brewer, operating in over 70 countries and producing over 300 brands of beer and cider. Heineken operates across many market and industry sectors, from developing new beers to acquiring new brands and marketing them. The company manufactures its products in a variety of developed and emerging markets, including Vietnam, Mexico and South Africa. Heineken's most popular brands include Sol, Amstel Lager, Tiger and Desperados.

Baseline assessment


On track


Started the journey

Social inclusion

On track


Heineken provides detailed public disclosure on its commitments in the environment and social inclusion dimensions but has room to improve its nutrition commitments. The company has set time-bound targets for reducing its scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions and will announce a reduction target for its scope 3 emissions before the end of 2020. Heineken is also committed to improving farming practices and refining its sustainable agriculture approach. It has set time-bound targets to reduce its water consumption, with a particular focus in water-stressed areas. It has also set a target of zero waste, including from raw materials and ingredients, as well as a target to remove plastic from its multi-pack cans. In the nutrition dimension, Heineken does not disclose commitments relating to the availability of healthy products in its portfolio, nor on reformulation of products to improve their nutritional value. It has targets to increase transparency of its ingredients, as well as a responsible marketing strategy. However, it does not disclose its employee nutrition strategy or its food safety policy. In terms of social inclusion, Heineken is committed to eliminating child and forced labour in its supply chain, as well as providing a healthy and safe working environment. The company has a number of projects to support smallholder productivity, including the CREATE project in Ethiopia. In its own operations, the company commits to paying its employees ‘sufficient for a decent standard of living, enough to satisfy the basic needs for the employee and his/her family’. It also expects its suppliers to provide a living wage where the minimum wage is not sufficient to meet basic needs.

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
EUR 23,894,000,000
Food and agriculture revenue USD
USD 26,748,732,000
Onwnership structure
Publicly listed
Number of employees

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.