Partnering With Our Suppliers
Our top 150 suppliers represent 80% of our procurement activity for 2015. We annually evaluate our top 150 suppliers for compliance with our Responsible Sourcing Principles, as detailed in our Supplier Code of Conduct. In addition, we monitor their spending with small and diverse suppliers, and we look for opportunities to partner with them on environmental projects and programs.
We expect our business partners to follow the same high standards that we set for ourselves. We adopted our Responsible Sourcing Principles in 2008 and continuously ensure they are respected in our own procurement initiatives and in the initiatives of our suppliers.
“For years, the MillerCoors and NGLCC partnership coupled with MillerCoors commitment to diversity and inclusion has made our work possible—not just in the U.S. but around the globe. This is why we proudly named MillerCoors the 2015 NGLCC Corporation of the Year.”
- Justin Nelson, Co-Founder & President, National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce
We are actively engaged with woman- and minority-owned businesses as well as 513 verified small businesses (as defined by the U.S. Small Business Administration). The MillerCoors Supplier Diversity Program is a driving force behind our growth and an integral part of our heritage.
We are actively engaged with 1,258 diverse suppliers including woman- and minority-owned businesses. In 2015, we increased our spending with diverse suppliers by 1 percent to $529 million. Since 2008, our cumulative spending with diverse suppliers has totaled more than $3.48 billion, bringing us closer to our 2020 goal of spending $5.1 billion.
MillerCoors Procurement Minority- and Woman-Owned Business Enterprise (MWBE) Supplier of the Year
NEI Global was awarded the 2017 MillerCoors Procurement MWBE Supplier of the Year for exemplifying the qualities essential to our mutual success. The global relocation and assignment management company puts in great time and effort to ensure that we are taking the best care we can of our people, continually reviewing our business, conducting comparisons against market and other clients.
NEI regularly reviews our cost levels and how the market is affecting those, and by proactively identifying projects and areas of opportunity or investigation, they are able to bring savings to MillerCoors year after year. In 2016, we saw $410,000 in savings through their program management, but they brought us a program that helps us with our sustainability efforts. The program reduced 1,857 pounds of cardboard, saved 743 gallons of fuel and planted 60 trees.
Effective and reliable supplier relationships like the one MillerCoors has with NEI Global form the foundation for success for our Integrated Supply Chain program – starting with our most important assets, our people.
A Resilient Agricultural Supply Chain
Because more than 90 percent of our water use occurs in our agricultural supply chain, we focus significant energy and resources in this area.
We research ways to grow barley more sustainably on our Showcase Barley Farms in Idaho and Colorado, and we share our findings through our Grower Direct program. Through the program, we contract directly with 864 independent barley growers who use MillerCoors barley seeds to help ensure their crop meets our high quality standards. Over the last four growing seasons, we have collaborated with The Nature Conservancy to test a variety of precision irrigation technologies at our Showcase Barley Farm in Silver Creek, Idaho.
We have collectively reduced our water usage by approximately 550 million gallons over the last four seasons and these practices are now being implemented on a number of farms in the larger Silver Creek watershed. Please visit our Water Stewardship page to learn more.
Grower Spotlight: Roy Farms
Roy Farms is a leading hops producer located in Yakima Valley, Washington. The farm is testing a state-of-the art, science-based irrigation system, designed to reduce water and nutrient consumption.
A predictive model was generated from inputs including plant stress and soil moisture levels, as well as localized weather station data. They began converting old filtration methods to more efficient media that uses less water, and they increased communication with their water suppliers on delivery and troubleshooting. Although the project is still in the research and development stage, preliminary data shows promising results with increased yields and a reduction of total irrigation water and nitrogen used (per pound of hops).