SAUZA® TEQUILA DISTILLERY EARNS ESR® 2009 CERTIFICATE
Sauza Honored for Social Responsibility and Community Commitment
Deerfield, Ill., April 28, 2009 – Beam Global Spirits & Wine, Inc. [Fortune Brands, Inc. (NYSE:FO)], the leading American spirits company, today announced that its Sauza® Tequila distillery was awarded the ESR® 2009 certificate (Empresa Socialmente Responsible) in recognition of its outstanding commitment to social responsibility. Awarded by The Mexican Philanthropy Center and The Social Responsibility Alliance, the ESR award recognizes the Sauza distillery’s educational and environmental accomplishments in the areas of quality of life, business ethics, community efforts and care and preservation of the environment.
“We are honored to be recognized by The Mexican Philanthropy Center and The Social Responsibility Alliance for our focus on employee well-being and environmental stewardship,” said Servando Calderón, director, general operations, Sauza Tequila. “It is important to us to improve the communities in which we live and work while improving our employees’ quality of life. This award attests to the need for improved education in underprivileged communities and environment initiatives like our wastewater treatment plant that ensures the safety of our water.”
Sauza supports the Lazos program aimed at improving education in low-income communities. Money donated by Sauza is used for school uniforms, supplies and remodeling school buildings. Sauza created its Educampo program to increase the education level of those who work for Sauza.
Sauza also helps its local communities through environmental improvement projects. Sauza launched its own wastewater treatment plant in March 2009. The first tequila company to adhere to environmental requirements, the plant treats 1,100,000 liters of water daily.
Sauza employees also tend to Territorio Sauza, park land in Guadalajara, Mexico, where they nurture the park land, trees and agave for all residents to enjoy.
The Mexican Philanthropy Center and The Social Responsibility Alliance awarded Sauza the ESR® 2009 award on March 12, identifying Sauza as a Socially Responsible Company. As defined by ESR® 2009, a Socially Responsible Company is a corporate citizen that goes beyond legal obligations to support politics, procedures and programs that positively impact the people, the environment and local communities.
About Sauza® Tequila
Sauza® is the #2 premium tequila in the world. Through its popularity and authenticity in its native Mexico, Sauza is one of the world’s fastest-growing tequilas in the world. Sauza® Blanco and Sauza® Gold, Hornitos™ and Tres Generaciones® create a portfolio offering a variety of drinking experiences. For more information about Sauza tequila visit www.sauzatequila.com.
About Beam Global Spirits & Wine :
Inspiring conversations around the world, Beam Global Spirits & Wine, Inc., is building brands people want to talk about. Consumers from all corners of the globe call for our brands, including Jim Beam® Bourbon, Sauza® Tequila, Canadian Club® Whisky, Courvoisier® Cognac, Maker's Mark® Bourbon, Laphroaig® Scotch Whisky, Cruzan® Rum, Larios® Gin, Whisky DYC®, Teacher's® Scotch Whisky, DeKuyper® Cordials and Liqueurs and Knob Creek® Bourbon. Beam Global Spirits & Wine is part of Fortune Brands, Inc. (NYSE:FO), a leading consumer brands company recently named one of the World’s Most Admired Companies by Fortune magazine. For more information on Beam Global Spirits & Wine, its brands, and its commitment to social responsibility, visit www.beamglobal.comand www.drinksmart.com.
©2009 Sauza Tequila Import Company, Deerfield, IL