Appendix 4: Assurance report from KPMG Independent Assurance Report To the readers of the Heineken Sustainability Report 2009 We were engaged by the Executive Board of Heineken N.V. ('Heineken') to provide limited assurance on the Heineken Sustainability Report 2009 (further referred to as 'The Report'). The Report, including the identification of material issues, is the responsibility of the company's management. Our responsibility is to issue an assurance report on The Report. What was included in the scope of our assurance engagement? Our engagement was designed to provide the readers of The Report with limited assurance on whether the information in The Report is in all material respects fairly stated in accordance with the reporting criteria described below. Procedures performed to obtain a limited level of assurance are aimed at determining the plausibility of information and are less extensive than those for a reasonable level of assurance. To obtain a thorough understanding of the financial results and financial position of Heineken N.V. the reader should consult the Heineken audited financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2009. Which reporting criteria did Heineken use? Heineken applies its own sustainability performance reporting criteria, derived from the Sustainability Reporting Guidelines of the Global Reporting Initiative (G3), as detailed in the 'Reporting basis' on pages 42-45. It is important to view the performance data in the context of this explanatory information. We believe that these criteria are suitable in view of the purpose of our assurance engagement. Which assurance standard did we use? We carried out our engagement in accordance with Standard 3410N 'Assurance engagements relating to sustainability reports' of the Royal Netherlands Institute of Registeraccountants. This Standard requires, amongst others, that the assurance team possesses the specific knowledge, skills and professional competencies needed to understand and review the information in The Report, and that they comply with ethical requirements, including independence requirements. SO Appendices Sustainability Report 2009 - Heineken N.V.

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