22 Agriculture Activities in 2007 Availability In 2007, we extended our supplier base to include the supply of malting barley in the Russian Federation, the Ukraine, Canada, Egypt and Uruguay. A sorghum malting plant was built in Nigeria. In Rwanda, we began an initiative to partially substitute imported barley with maize. This reduces transport costs, corresponding greenhouse gas emissions and import duties, whilst allowing local farmers to benefit financially from our activities. We have also started systematic efforts to improve the efficient use of raw materials as part of our global TPM programme. This is brought to life through the formation of dedicated improvement teams that implement loss-reduction activities. The resulting best practices are exchanged intensively between our operating companies. Quality and food safety assurance in the supply chain In 2007, we implemented a governance model to further enhance the robustness of the safeguards we have to ensure food safety. The starting point of the model is the definition of continuously updated, unambiguous and common food safety standards for all materials relating to beer, water, raw materials and packaging materials. We apply these standards without exception on a global scale. We verify the compliance with these standards through an annual central analysis for all our beers covering all our production sites. Based on the results as well as on input obtained from food science institutes and national or international food (safety) associations we conduct frequent special surveys in case of emerging issues or trends. If needed, we incorporate these findings in our food safety standards and control measures. We have initiated a web-based quality reporting system that will enable us to monitor the global quality performance of our malt supplier base online. Environmental aspects Our pilot on Sustainable Agriculture project (the Skylark project, see the case study on page 21) has made significant progress. This project is unique in the sense that it is not only dealing with the barley supply chain, but it also includes other partners in the supply chain dealing with different crops (onions, carrots, sugar beets and potatoes). We have reviewed the learnings of the Skylark project which will be published in a booklet on sustainable arable farming. What we will do in 2008 Continue to expand the geographic spread of our sourcing programme Continue to explore the efficient use of raw materials and potential savings within our global TPM programme Publish a booklet on sustainable farming (as applied in the Skylark project) Incorporate sustainability as an integral part of our raw material supplier auditing and approval Actively engage all our malt suppliers to stimulate sustainable development in their supply of barley. In 2010, we will start to publish the status of these developments regularly in this report. Heineken N.V. Sustainability Report 2007

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