The British High Commissioner to Ghana, Iain Walker has lauded Guinness Ghana Breweries PLC for its massive investment into the company’s LRM programme, and the impact it has had on the lives over one hundred thousand people along the agricultural value chain.
Mr. Walker paid a visit to Guinness Ghana PLC to learn about the company’s business performance, operations and sustainability projects, including efforts to curb the plastic menace.
One of the highlights of the visit was the showcasing of Guinness’ Local Raw Materials (LRM) programme which works directly with more than 25,000 farmers and supports the livelihoods of more than 175,000 people along the agricultural value chain.
Over the last five years, the company has invested over £50 million in its operations in Ghana.
The High Commissioner together with his delegation toured the brewery and commended Guinness Ghana for being an industry leader. He described Guinness as a first-class UK company investing in Ghana and an example of a great business, impacting the lives of many and bringing real development to the people.
“Your LRM programme is a great initiative which underscores the importance of not just focusing on trade and giving out cash but investing in real development which can reach the people to better their lives. This programme sits well with one of our projects under DFID and I am really happy Guinness Ghana is pursuing such a good course”.
Managing Director of Guinness Ghana, Gavin Pike said the huge investments made in-country reinforces the company’s commitment to be the best performing, most trusted and respected consumer goods business in Ghana.
Mr. Pike also mentioned some of the impact their investment has had on the lives of farmers, saying; “We have seen the lives of many farmers change because they have a company which is ready to buy off their produce. They can now take care of their children, give them good education and a decent life and this is important to us as a business”.