Andy Wales
Andy Wales is Senior Vice President Sustainable Development for SABMiller plc, one of the world’s largest brewers. He leads the group's approach to prioritising economic, social and environmental issues within the group’s strategies and business plans, including risks such as water scarcity and opportunities such as promoting local economic growth through smallholder farming. He also leads stakeholder engagement for the group.

Previously Andy held Corporate Responsibility Director roles at the environmental services group Severn Trent, and textiles firm Interface, Inc.
He holds an MBA from Warwick Business School, a masters degree in Sustainable Development Strategy from Forum for the Future / Middlesex University and a BA in English and International Development from Sussex University.

In 2009 he was selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. In 2010 he was appointed a London Sustainable Development Commissioner. He is a member of the Global Agenda Council on Water Security and is lead author of the book ‘Big Business, Big Responsibilities’, published in 2010 by Palgrave Macmillan. His favourite beers include Peroni from Italy and Aguila from Colombia.

Entries by Andy Wales

Twin Tracks and Unusual Allies Appear in Tackling Inequality

(0) Comments | Posted January 22, 2014 | 9:18 AM

The first two days of this year's Davos gathering have centred on one major issue: income inequality. Right at the start of the meeting a letter from Pope Francis raised the issue, challenging the gathered leaders to make sure wealth served humanity, not the other way around. Oxfam...

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Breaking the Cycle of Poverty One Small Business at a Time

(0) Comments | Posted November 19, 2013 | 9:25 AM

One of the common refrains you will hear from SABMiller is the celebration of beer's localness. Beer is typically a local product: brewed, sold and consumed locally. One of the many positive aspects of this is that it means that our value chains have the potential to make a significant...

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Why Job Creation Is King in Africa, Just Like Everywhere Else

(0) Comments | Posted May 15, 2013 | 10:40 AM

At the recent Africa Economic Summit in Cape Town, one of the themes of debate was the 'post 2015' goals, which the United Nations community will set itself when the existing Millennium Development Goals expire in 2015.

I spoke at an event hosted by Business Fights Poverty...

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World Water Day - Cooperation Is Key

(0) Comments | Posted March 21, 2013 | 1:24 PM

co-authored by Stuart Orr, Freshwater Manager, WWF; Franz-Josef Batz, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH;

The theme of this year's world water day is 'cooperation'. At first glance, cooperation might appear a somewhat passive sentiment; but, in the context of the global water challenge,...

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What is the Water-Food-Energy Nexus?

(0) Comments | Posted February 5, 2013 | 4:42 AM

The extent of the inter-connections between the water, food and energy means that issues such as water scarcity and food and energy security cannot be addressed in local silos. As global populations continue to grow, addressing the relationship between water, food and energy is only going to become more pertinent....

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Water: An Issue That Requires Collaboration

(4) Comments | Posted September 20, 2012 | 8:51 AM

Co-authored by Greg Koch

The world faces a projected 40 percent shortfall in freshwater by 2030, according to a study by the 2030 Water Resources Group. Seventy percent of the water humans use now goes toward agriculture. So it's no surprise that the central theme of the annual World Water...

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The Financial Community: Emerging Champions of Resource Management

(1) Comments | Posted July 23, 2012 | 10:06 PM

The speaker list for Re|Source 2012 reads as much like a red carpet line-up as a groundbreaking forum on resource challenges: Sir David Attenborough, Bill Clinton, John Landau -- to name but three.

The conference brought together the critical discussions on how scarce resources such as water, food and...

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Rio+20: Green Growth Requires a Rethink

(0) Comments | Posted June 18, 2012 | 3:29 AM

One of the themes of Rio+20 is 'green growth'. The first and most obvious question will be 'Can there be such a thing as green growth?' and for me the answer is an emphatic 'Yes' - as long as there is a paradigm shift in the way that governments, the...

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