We already go to great lengths to be environmentally efficient but we've taken the decision to go even further, reducing as much as possible our carbon use in every area of the business.

We're proud to be doing our part in protecting the unique and beautiful environment of this part of the world and we hope others will join us in making this extra effort.

Brewing cask ales has always been one of the most environmentally friendly processes; it uses simple natural ingredients of water, barley, hops and yeast and any waste material is re-used to feed local cattle and to help grow plants. Now see the list below for an outline of what else St Austell Brewery is doing in our commitment to become one of the UK's greenest brewers.

James Staughton,
 Chief Executive 


Read our Environmental Policy Statement.

Carbon Reporting – we record, measure and monitor all of our energy usage, this information is then available to all Staff.  We continue to achieve real carbon reductions and are committed to on-going reductions in energy usage through engineering and efficient kit for example Voltage Optimisation (VO).  

Cornwall Sustainability Awards – St Austell Brewery continues to support the annual awards.  In 2013, Stephanie Lorton from the County Arms in Truro won the Best Individual Champion category.  The aim of Cornwall Sustainability Awards is to encourage, reward and gain recognition for some of the excellent work businesses are doing to improve their sustainability.

Hospitality Carbon Reduction Forum – we have joined this forum to share knowledge, ideas & learn from other companies in our sector.

Renewable Energy – Photovoltaic (PV) systems (generating electricity from Solar energy) – we have successfully installed systems at our Head Office, Cornwall Distribution Centre & the County Arms in Truro.  We also have Solar Thermal units and Rainwater Harvesting installed at the County Arms.   We are currently investigating other sites within our Estate which may be suitable for Renewable Technologies including Solar PV, Solar Thermal & Air Source Heat Pumps.

Recycling / Waste Segregation – St Austell Brewery’s Head Office, Distribution Depots and our Managed Houses are working very hard to divert as much waste away from Landfill. We now have all Managed Houses diverting their food waste from landfill.  We work hard with the support of our Waste Contractors and the commitment of our Staff to segregate most waste streams and even manage to make money out of some of our waste!

Waste & Resources Action Programme - St Austell Brewery has signed up to the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) - Hospitality & Food Service Agreement section.

Exeter University – Renewables Student – Summer Placement – we work closely with the University (Cambourne School of Mines) and in 2013 we hired a 4th Year Student to work with our Compliance Officer during the summer holidays investigating further energy reduction technologies.  This was a successful placement and we have now signed another Student to continue this work into the 2014 summer holidays. 

Lighting – where possible we are installing energy efficient lighting (including LED) schemes across our Managed House Estate Pubs.

Our aim is to integrate our environment policy into all of our business activities and conduct our operations to the latest standards and codes of practice so we do not just meet but exceed all appropriate legislative requirements.

Cornwall Together – We are one of the founder supporters of this scheme – please look at www.cornwalltogether.com for more info and join in!

As a company that is already environmentally conscious, we are setting tough targets to cut our carbon footprint further but we believe it is important to challenge the way we operate in all our business streams. We continue to monitor our performance and identify areas for improvement.


The pub should be the centre or hub of community life and can also provide essential services beyond the usual drinks, food or entertainment. We are very proud to support Pub is The Hub, an organisation of specialist voluntary advisors for rural pubs and licensees who are thinking of broadening their range of services. You can find out more about the organisation here: www.pubisthehub.org.uk


In partnership with Pub is The Hub we have encouraged some of our own great licensees to work with communities and provide additional services such as the community libraries at The Old Inn at Mullion and The Crown Inn, Goldsithney near Penzance. Our team have also been closely involved in supporting the South West region for Pub is The Hub for over a decade.

We Support Pub is The Hub


This statement is made pursuant to s.54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and sets out the steps that St Austell Brewery Company Ltd has taken and is continuing to take to ensure that modern slavery or human trafficking is not taking place within our business or supply chain.

Modern slavery encompasses slavery, servitude, human trafficking and forced labour and St Austell Brewery Company has a zero tolerance approach to any of these practices. We are committed to acting ethically and with integrity and transparency in all business dealings and to putting effective systems and controls in place to safeguard against any form of modern slavery taking place within our business or supply chain and which allow us to deliver financial success whilst conducting our business strategy and operations in a responsible manner.

Our business
Founded in 1851 by Cornishman Walter Hicks, today St Austell Brewery remains 100% independent and family owned. St Austell Brewery operates a growing and diverse business incorporating brewing a wide range of award winning beers sold throughout the UK and overseas, running a sizeable tenanted and managed estate along with supplying the hospitality and licensed sector throughout the South West via its wholesale and distribution business.

St Austell Brewery directly employs around 1300 to 1800 staff depending on the time of the year, servicing all areas of the business and with each sector and department headed up by a member of the Senior Management Team.

Our policies
We have adopted a Code of Conduct which sets out a number of principles with which we comply and with which we expect our suppliers to comply.  These include statements that all employees shall be free to choose their employment and shall not be forced to work against their will, strict provisions for any child under 16 years of age engaged in the workplace and a commitment to a safe working environment, terms and conditions no less than required by law, a work culture which promotes equality and respect and which allows for whistleblowing and freedom of association.

For our employees, failure to comply with the provisions of the Code may result in disciplinary action which could result in their immediate suspension or the termination of their employment.

In relation to our suppliers and sub- contractors, we believe that transparency is vital to a successful business relationship. St Austell Brewery Company is committed to building long-term relationships with suppliers and promotes open and honest communication.  In the event of non-compliance with our Code of Conduct we expect our suppliers to agree and commit to timely corrective action.  St Austell Brewery Company reserves the right to terminate any agreements in line with any contractual obligations should a supplier be unable, for whatever reason, to comply with the Code or where a supplier shows repeated disregard for the its provisions . 

Our supply chain
Our supply chain includes in the region of 3,000 suppliers covering food and drink suppliers for our pubs, raw materials for our beers, as well as goods and services not for resale such as equipment used in our pubs, point of sale materials, IT equipment, utilities and waste services, contractors engaged in building and maintenance, marketing, advertising, recruitment and training and a wide range of other professional services.

Our suppliers vary enormously in terms of their size, structure and mode of operation and many of those will themselves be reliant on their own supply chain, potentially across many countries, in order to be able to supply relevant goods or services to us.

Our current and proposed due diligence
We have started work on establishing a range of due diligence processes to enable us to identify and assess potential risk areas in our business and our supply chain.

Our Code of Conduct now forms part of our contract with all new suppliers and they are required to confirm that no part of their business operations contradicts this policy through signing a Supplier Confirmation Form. We intend to communicate our Code and expectations in relation to it to our largest suppliers and those operating in what is commonly considered high risk industries over the coming months along with any other suppliers whose contracts are due for renewal. We anticipate that all suppliers will have been communicated to by the end of 2017.

Within our production, distribution, head office functions and managed pub estate we have optimum control of the work environment, including labour scheduling and pay rates, thus reducing the risks within our own business.  Nevertheless, training will be developed and delivered to appropriate individuals across the business to ensure that they are aware of the issues and able to assess the risks in their area of responsibility.  In respect to our tenanted estate, whilst these pubs are operated as independent businesses, we will nevertheless offer training and support to raise awareness and will require them all to commit and adhere to our Code of Conduct.

Monitoring our performance and effectiveness
We intend to regularly review our practices, processes and procedures both in relation to our own business operations and the way in which we engage with suppliers  to ensure we mitigate any risk of non- compliance with the Modern Slavery Act.

In the event of any report received from an employee, member of the public or authoritative body pertaining to a suspected breach of the Code by St Austell Brewery Company or one of its suppliers, the matter will be communicated to the Board, a full investigation launched and any necessary remedial action taken without undue delay.