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Every Step Counts, Every Meal Matters: Heineken Malaysia Pledges Free Meals To Vulnerable Communities

Every Step Counts, Every Meal Matters: Heineken Malaysia Pledges Free Meals To Vulnerable Communities

The Heineken Cares program aims to donate 1 meal for every 1,000 steps taken by their employees.

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Heineken Malaysia Berhad (Heineken Malaysia) launched its ‘Heineken Cares’ program today, pledging 150,000 meals to vulnerable communities across Malaysia to help mitigate the negative impacts of a  prolonged lockdown.

The Heineken Cares program, which connects employee wellness with community purpose, is committed to donating 1 meal for every 1,000 steps taken by a Heineken Malaysia employee from now until 31 December 2021. With an overall target of 150 million steps by Heineken Malaysia’s employees collectively, this translates to an expected 150,000 meals to be channelled to communities in need.

Heineken Malaysia Managing Director Roland Bala said, “The pandemic has taken a toll on many communities, leaving many families without stable income to obtain food and other basic needs. In this challenging period, we reach out with a helping hand to support those in need. Our efforts reflect Heineken’s Brew A Better World sustainability commitment, particularly with social sustainability as a key focus.”

Through the Heineken Cares program, every employee can play a part. As every step we take will  count towards aid being channeled to our communities. We realise that the lockdowns can have an impact  on people’s health as well, so we are excited to launch a programme that keeps our employees motivated to live healthier and exercise more. Knowing that our every step contributes to a bigger purpose will be  added motivation for our people.

Heineken Malaysia Managing Director Roland Bala.

The Heineken Cares program will be administered by SPARK Foundation, which is Heineken Malaysia’s CSR arm. The program brings together eight organisations across Malaysia in a joint effort to deliver food aid to communities affected by the loss of income or jobs due to the pandemic.

Other partners involved include Epic, Dialogue Includes All, PWD Smart Farmability, Soroptimist International Damansara, and the Make It Right Movement in Peninsular Malaysia. In East Malaysia, the Heineken Cares program will be channelled through Hope Place Kuching in Sarawak, as well as Kupikupi FM and Hopes Malaysia in Sabah.

The type of food aid generally includes cooked meals, groceries, fresh vegetables and fish, and other essentials depending on the needs of the different local communities.

(Credit: Heineken Malaysia)

Renuka Indrarajah, Corporate Affairs & Legal Director of Heineken Malaysia and Trustee of SPARK Foundation said, “Growing with communities is an important part of Heineken Malaysia’s commitment to social sustainability. As responsible and progressive corporate citizens, we want to help our communities with their essential needs. By teaming up with our eight partners, the Heineken Cares program will deliver relief in an effective and sustainable manner, ensuring we do what we can to help over the next  few months.”

Our corporate and social responsibility efforts through SPARK Foundation are aligned with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals, and we aim to spark positive change in the communities through our projects. We are proud that every Heineken Malaysia employee will get to play a role. Every step counts, every meal matters!

Heineken Malaysia Legal Director and Trustee of SPARK Foundation Renuka Indrarajah.

SPARK Foundation welcomes interested groups or individuals who wish to support the Heineken Cares program to contact the Foundation via email at hello@sparkfoundation.com.my. 

Further information on Heineken Malaysia’s sustainability and initiatives can be found at Heineken Malaysia’s official website (HERE) or SPARK Foundation’s official website (HERE).


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