We endeavour to source as much as possible of our raw materials locally, optimizing the environmental, economical and social impact.
We endeavour to secure a sustainable supply of raw materials, in the right quantity & quality, at acceptable costs.
In order to secure the supply of high quality maize in sufficient quantities, BRALIRWA and Minimex established a joint venture company, BRAMIN, which undertook a project to grow maize locally. BRALIRWA contributed 250 ha to the joint venture company. The maize growing project was supported by the State of The Netherlands, which funded EUR 495,000 out of the total project budget of EUR 825,000. The project also served to stimulate high yield maize growing in Rwanda to decrease imports and support agricultural development in the country.
Corporate Social Investment
Charity is also a crucial component of the Company’s CSR program. BRALIRWA is involved in a number of charity projects and some of these include:
Fighting the threat of HIV/AIDS is a priority for BRALIRWA Ltd. The Company put in place a comprehensive HIV/AIDS workplace program providing preventive and curative services to 3000 people, including current employees, dependants and retired employees. More than 95% of the beneficiaries have done a voluntary HIV test. The program is currently in place and has generated visible tangible results. At the Heineken Global Medical Conference in September 2010, in Johannesburg – South Africa, The Heineken International Health Affairs awarded BRALIRWA Ltd with the 2009-2010 Medical Award. The Heineken Medical Award is a recognition of the head of the Medical department and his team for strong commitment and a high performance in executing the HIV program.
BRALIRWA Ltd supported by the Heineken Africa Foundation, provided financing to a local company, UTEXRWA, with € 600,000 to produce 140,000 malaria mosquito nets. Under the arrangement, UTEXRWA will deliver the mosquito nets to BRALIRWA Ltd, which in turn will be donated to the Ministry of Health to distribute to the local communities.