Ever since J.C. Jacobsen established the Carlsberg Foundation, a commitment to society has been at the heart of our business. This is nowhere more evident than in our sustainability efforts.

Our business is dependent on the availability of land, water, crops, healthy ecosystems and thriving communities. Without these, we would not be able to make and sell our products. This means that global sustainability trends and drivers, such as climate change, water scarcity, population growth, urbanisation, income inequality and resource constraints, all have a major actual and potential impact on our business.

Contributing to a better society wherever our beers are brewed and sold is also central to our purpose, we also believe it's the right thing to do, which is why in 2017, despite many years of sustainable improvements, we devised our ambitious new sustainability programme...

Together Towards ZERO

Our sustainability programme expresses our vision for a better tomorrow, at a time of serious challenges such as climate change, water scarcity and public health concerns. It consists of four ambitions, underpinned by individual and measurable targets, leading up to 2022 and 2030:

ZERO carbon footprint

ZERO water waste

ZERO irresponsible drinking

ZERO accidents culture

Our ambitions and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a call for governments, civil society, businesses and the general public to act to end poverty, fight inequality and tackle climate change.

Being interconnected, all the goals are important, but we focus our efforts on those where we can have the most impact. Based on our 2016 materiality assessment, we identified the 14 most relevant targets in 7 SDGs - 3, 6, 7, 8, 12, 13 and 17.


 7.2 By 2030, increase substantially the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix.

7.3 By 2030, double the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency.

13.1 Strenghten resilience and adaptive capacity to climate-related hazards and natural disasters.

13.3 Improve education, awareness-raising and capacity on climate change mitigation, adaptation, impact reduction and early warning



6.4 By 2030, substantially increase water-use efficiency and ensure sustainable withdrawals and supply of freshwater to address water scarity.

6.5By 2030, implement integrated water resource management at all levels.





3.5 Strengthen the prevention and treatment of substance abuse, including harmful use of alcohol.

3.6 By 2020, halve the number of global deaths and injuries from road traffic accidents.


8.8 Protect labour rights and promote safe and secure working environments for all workers.




  • 12.2 By 2030, achieve the sustainable management and efficient use of natural resources.
  • 12.5 By 2030, substantIally reduce waste generation through prevention, reduction, recycling and reuse.
  • 12.9 Support developing countries to strenghten their scientific and technological capacity to move towards more sustainable patterns of consumption and production.
  • 17.16 Enhance the global partnership for sustainable development, complemented by multi-stakeholder partnerships.
  • 17.7 Encourage and promote effective public, public-private and civil society partnerships.