Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable (BIER) Convener and Facilitator
BIER's purpose is to drive continuous improvement across the beverage industry on the environmental aspects of water stewardship, energy and climate change, and to position the sector to speak with one voice on key environmental positions.
Outline / Scope of Works:
Founded in 2006 with encouragement from several global beverage companies, the Global Corporate Consultancy (GCC), a Business Group of Oranjewoud N.V. and Inogen Associate, led the formation of BIER, enlisted the founding members and convened meetings to launch the group. They currently facilitate the Roundtable of 15 global beverage companies covering all beverage sectors: distilled spirits, water, non-alcoholic beverages, beer and wine.
The group aims to drive continuous improvement on the environmental aspects of water stewardship, energy and climate change through quantitative and qualitative benchmarking, best practice sharing, and development of key messages and information to be used in support of external communications and industry advocacy. BIER is also developing sector guidance on GHG and water footprint calculations.
BIER completed its third benchmarking study in 2009. Each study has a qualitative and quantitative component.
The qualitative section is based on a survey and interview format, and addresses the elements of BIER's "World Class Water Stewardship in the Beverage Industry" definition. The specific activities include developing the detailed questionnaire for qualitative benchmarking, reviewing quantitative collection methodologies, aggregating and calibrating data received, and preparing presentations and final reports.
The quantitative component includes collecting water use and efficiency data from all beverage companies, representing over 1,300 production locations worldwide. The primary activities are data calibration, analysis and reporting.
Outcome / Client Benefits:
Results of the benchmarking studies are shared with BIER members, which allow them to demonstrate efficacy to management or establish benchmarks and goals for their respective organisations.
The aggregated data set generated allows the beverage industry as a whole to demonstrate continuous improvement, and member companies serve as role models for industry sector collaboration within the space of environmental stewardship. In 2009, the Pacific Institute recognized BIER as a leading peer-to-peer partnership in "The CEO Water Mandate, WATER DISCLOSURE 2.0: Assessment of Current and Emerging Practice in Corporate Water Reporting."
"The GCC has consistently proven to be an environmental thought leader, recognized in the field and a master at collaboration and influence. Their superb facilitation of the Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable (BIER) has played a major role in the recognition BIER has enjoyed" — Dan Bena, Director of Sustainable Development & EHS for PepsiCo International
Pictured Above: BIER members gather in October 2009 for their semi-annual meeting in Purchase, New York, USA, hosted by PepsiCo International. Representatives from all BIER member companies were in attendance. Included in the photo are BIER Director and GCC Partner, Tod Christenson (rear row, second from right), GCC Consultant Greg LeMay (rear row, fourth from right), GCC Partner John Stier (rear row, sixth from right) and GCC Associate Nick Martin (rear row, second from left).
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