Guinness Launches Bespoke Water Blueprint

Some of the participants in a pose with dignitaries from Diageo, Guinness Ghana, Ministry of Water, Works and Housing, Ghana Water Company and other stakeholders at the event

Guinness Ghana Breweries Limited (GGBL), Ghana’s only total beverage company, has launched its Water Blueprint – a document detailing the company’s strategy towards water resource management.

The Water Blueprint is part of the company’s focus on building thriving communities through various means.

The launch, which took place at Fiesta Royal hotel in Accra on Tuesday, 11th October, 2016, brought together stakeholders in the water resource management industry, researchers and gurus of Corporate Social Responsibility and Ministry of Water, Works and Housing.

Speaking at the event, Gabriel Opoku-Asare, Corporate Relations Director of GGBL said, “As indicated in the recently launched National Corporate Social Responsibility Policy, the focus of any sustainability programme should encompass poverty eradication, employment, sustainable agriculture, health, gender equality, sustainable use and management of natural resources, among others.

“Our business strategic plan is to improve water efficiencies and support efforts to achieve what is set out in the National CSR Policy in relation to what water resource management has set out in the Water Blueprint.”

Launching the Blueprint, Donnan Tay, Director of Water, who represented the Minister of Water Resources, Works and Housing, said Ghana is endowed with many water resources but they are at risk of depletion and degradation due to natural and human factors.

“These include the wanton depletion of our forest cover, illegal mining, inappropriate solid and liquid waste disposal and other destructive practices, which are inimical to a healthy environment required for our wellbeing,” he said.

Any strategic approach to managing water resources is therefore commendable and welcomed, Mr. Tay said.

A Business Desk report