The Future of BIER
2021 marks the year in which BIER is now led by two inaugural co-chairs: Leticia Acosta and Paul Bowen. Leticia Acosta is a newer BIER member; whereas Paul Bowen is a founding member of BIER and recently retired from The Coca-Cola Company. Both share their knowledge, experiences, and visions for the year ahead in the Member Spotlight: Leticia Acosta and Paul Bowen.
A deeper insight into BIER’s 2021 work plans and its first of its kind watershed collaboration, Charco Bendito, is available in our recently recorded webinar
A Model of Industry Collaboration: An Inside Look at the Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable (BIER).
As 2021 continues to unfold, the following are our current focus areas.
Water Context & Circularity: Promoting the sustainable use and protection of water is a business imperative that BIER is founded on and its members work collectively towards continued leadership. The following are current focus areas:
- Updated BIER Water Stewardship Framework Definition
- Wastewater Recycling and Circularity
Carbon & Climate: As climate change awareness and concern continue to increase throughout the world, beverage companies are proactively driving strategies to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions associated with their enterprises and monitor changing physical and transitional conditions. The following are current focus areas:
- Updated BIER GHG Sector Guide
- Sustainable Coolers of the Future
- Decarbonization Playbook for Small/Medium Suppliers
Stakeholder Engagement & Communications: Being corporate leaders within environmental sustainability requires that beverage companies look beyond their own operations and engage with a wide range of stakeholders. Active stakeholder engagement and sharing work products have been and will always remain a mainstay of BIER activity. The following are current focus areas:
- BIER Benchmarking Study
- Mission-Focused Communications and Stakeholder Engagement