At New Belgium, we believe in using every tool at our disposal to create the vibrant future we envision for the earth and her inhabitants. In addition to minimizing our resource consumption, collaborating in our value chain, promoting business practices which empower people and create right livelihoods, and a generous philanthropy program, we advocate for environmentally and socially responsible policy. Unfettered capitalism exists only in textbooks. In reality, regulation and legislation set the rules of the game and so can either encourage or thwart corporate and individual behavior. Like the Clean Water Act or Renewable Portfolio Standards, policy is often the only way to create the rapid, large-scale change required to level playing fields and prevent ecological disasters. Here's some examples of the organizations that we engage with to push forward on issues that are material to us as brewers, and the important work that they are doing!
Business for Innovative Climate and Energy Policy (BICEP) is an advocacy coalition of businesses committed to working with policy makers to pass meaningful energy and climate legislation. New Belgium supports BICEP because we believe that a low-carbon, 21st century economy will create new jobs and stimulate economic growth while stabilizing our planet’s fragile climate.
The Glass Recycling Coalition brings together a diverse membership of companies and organizations to make glass recycling work! GRC's vision is to ensure that all glass containers are continuously recycled to the highest and best use, maximizing economic, environmental and social benefits. We believe in the power of collaboration to strengthen glass recycling, that recycled glass is a high-value material in the circular economy, that recycling is the right and responsible thing to do, and that recycling systems should protect the value of glass. New Belgium proudly co-founded the GRC in 2016.
Conservation Colorado (CC), formerly know as Colorado Conservation Voters, works to make protecting Colorado’s environment a top priority for voters, political candidates, and elected officials in Colorado. CC educates the public about the conservation positions of candidates and elected officials, and holds elected officials accountable for their environmental records. New Belgium supports CC because environmentally policy is determined by the values of the people we elect.
The Natural Resources Defense Council works to protect natural resources throughout the country for the benefit of the environment, communities and businesses. We are proud to be a part of the Brewers For Clean Water campaign to help maintain and advance responsible safeguards for the waterways of the United States – for recreation, clean drinking water, and of course making great beer.
The American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) seeks to advance public policies that foster a vibrant, just, and sustainable economy. The ASBC is our voice in Washington D.C., communicating to policy makers and the media how a sustainable economy based on broad economic and environmental prosperity is good for business and good for Americans. In addition to sitting on the steering committee we also co-chair the sustainable agriculture working group in an effort to increase opportunities to be more sustainable and to decrease the barriers.
New Belgium is closely tracking efforts to shift end-of-life responsibility for consumer goods packaging away from citizens and municipalities and onto producers or brand owners. The sustainability of our products are impaired by the lack of available recycled content for our packages. Recycling rates in this country have stagnated, and we believe that it’s going to take something like 'Extended Producer Responsibility' (EPR) to get them moving, as evidenced by the rates in the 10 US states with bottle bills.
THE CRAFT BEER INDUSTRY
Here are a few of the key arenas in which we engage with our fellow brewers and beverage manufacturers to drive the sustainability of the whole industry. We are all more effective when we can speak with one voice on key issues and through benchmarking and best practice sharing.
New Belgium helped to establish - and co-chairs - the Brewers Association's Sustainability Subcommittee. The committee helps BA members and future brewers alike to brew the highest quality beers in a manner that strengthens the value of our businesses, increases the resiliency of the natural environment and agricultural systems that provide brewing ingredients, and enhances the lives of our workforce and the communities we call home. The committee is doing fantastic work in important areas including energy & water efficiency and benchmarking, promotion of more sustainable barley & hop growing practices, supply chain engagement on sustainability in packaging options, and increased member education and engagement.
Additionally, the Brewers Association Technical Committee is a collaborative group of Craft Brewers who work together to better understand technical, safety, and sustainability issues within the industry as well as find solutions to challenges presented in those areas. We cover important topics including coworker safety, Bisphenol A (BPA), Genetically Engineered seeds, and more. New Belgium is one of many contributors and views expressed on this website do not inherently represent the views of the BA Technical Committee.
You can't make great beer without clean water. That's why our brewery is proud to join the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and its more than one million supporters to stand up for clean water and the Clean Water Act. Inspired by an op-ed written by New Belgium's Director of Sustainability, Brewers for Clean Water was founded by the NRDC to galvanize brewers around our shared need for healthy waterways. Cheers to that!
The North Carolina Brewers Guild is a not-for-profit 501(c)6 tax-exempt organization comprised of brewers, vendors, retailers and craft beer enthusiasts focused on promoting North Carolina beer. North Carolina boasts the largest number of craft breweries in the American South, with more than 100 breweries and brewpubs.
The Hop Quality Group is a non-profit organization of Craft Brewers advocating for the interests of all brewers. The purpose of the organization is to strengthen the partnership between growers, brokers, researchers and brewers in an effort to preserve and elevate hop quality.
The mission of the Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable (BIER) is to bring together leading global beverage companies to define a common framework for stewardship, drive continuous improvement in industry practices and performance, and inform public policy in the areas of Water Conservation and Resource Protection, Energy Efficiency and Climate Change Mitigation.
The Colorado Brewers Guild (CBG) is a 501 (c)(6) non-profit trade association founded in 1995 by Colorado craft brewers to promote quality and diversity of the growing Colorado craft industry. The CBG provides valuable information to the beer-drinking public and the media while also serving to protect the industry and promote positive legislative for Colorado craft brewers. Today, the Colorado Brewers Guild includes the majority of the craft breweries and brewpubs and represents more than 95% of craft beer production in the state, somewhere around 150 breweries & brewpubs!