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Jan-Willem Vosmeer

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Heineken

HKHHY

Netherlands

Helping African farmers keep their businesses afloat.

Shifting exchange rates can make life particularly tough for African farmers. So Heineken, which sells well over $1 billion worth of beer in Africa annually, did a lot of good in 2015 by sourcing 49% of its raw materials locally. (It plans to boost that share to 60% by 2020.)

Working in public-private partnerships, where Heineken pairs with the Dutch government, nonprofits, and international organizations, the brewer buys local grains like sorghum and malt barley, in programs that involve about 120,000 farmers in countries including Ethiopia, Rwanda, and South Africa.

Impact Segment

Economic Opportunity/Financial Inclusion

Sector

Food

Industry

Beverages

CEO

Jean-Francois van Boxmeer

Employees

73,767

Company Type

Public

Revenues ($M) (Last Fiscal Year)

$23,208

Profits ($M) (Last Fiscal Year)

$1,062

Market Value ($M)

$23,613

* Heineken Holding N.V. a Global 500 company, owns 50.005% of Heineken N.V. shares. Jean-François van Boxmeer is CEO of Heineken NV. Heineken NV had profits of $2,100 million in the last fiscal year and $51,610 million in market value.
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