Sustainability

Sustainability is nothing new for Shepherd Neame where, after 300 years, we have built our success on taking the long-term view.

We are committed to the responsible stewardship of natural resources, particularly in water, barley and hops.

We are committed to reducing fuel consumption by the application of modern technology, both in our manufacturing processes and in vehicle usage.

The brewery offers free bicycles to staff living within three miles of their place of work. We use routing software to plan the most efficient and practical routes for our HGVs, which benefit from the latest low-emission engines.

Our local sourcing policy provides our pubs with the freshest produce, while boosting rural economies and cutting food miles to a minimum.
We serve Fairtrade coffee and tea in our pubs.

Ours was the first UK brewery to meet the strict requirements of ISO 14001, an environmental benchmark of international repute. We recycle materials where possible and Shepherd Neame was the first UK brewery to be awarded a Feed Materials Assurance Scheme (FEMAS) certificate, guaranteeing the quality and traceability of the brewery’s spent malt and yeast for agricultural feed.

In 2006, we were awarded a Queen's Award for Enterprise in the Sustainable Development category and a National Business Award for Corporate Social Responsibility. The company has also won the Kent Environment Business of the Year Award.